Dangerous plants

Find out more about the plants that may be hazardous to cats.

Poisonous plants for cats

Lilies (all parts of the plant) are particularly toxic to cats but many other plants are dangerous if eaten. Take a look at our guide on poisonous plants and how to keep your cat safe from harm.

Keeping your cat safe from dangerous plants

Cats are usually careful about what they eat. However, sometimes young, inquisitive or bored cats may nibble on a plant that makes them sick. They can also unintentionally ingest poisonous pollen or plant matter when grooming themselves.

Does your cat like to eat grass? You could grow cat-friendly plants like catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender to encourage them to nibble non-toxic plants in the garden. When gardening, clear away clippings as these may intrigue curious cats.

If you suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, contact your vet immediately. Don't wait for signs of illness to appear as by then it could be too late to save your cat.

Which flowers are toxic to cats?

Whether you're choosing beautiful blooms for a bouquet or wondering what indoor plants to get, we've got visual guides on plants that are hazardous to your feline friend. Click to expand the guides below.

bouquets infographic

cat poisoning indoor plants infographic

Poisonous house plants

Castor Oil Plant (also see Ricinus)
Christmas Cherry (also see Solanum)
Chrysanthemum (also see
Croton (also see Codiaeum)
Devil’s Ivy (also see Epipremnum aureum)
Dumb Cane (also see Dieffenbachia)
Elephant’s Ear (also see Alocasia,
Epipremnum aureum
Holly (also see Ilex)
Hypoestes phyllostachya
Ivy (also see Hedera)
Mistletoe (also see Viscum)
Nerium oleander
Oleander (also see Nerium oleander)
Star of Bethlehem (also see Ornithogalum)
Umbrella Plant (also see Schefflera)
Zebra Plant (also see Aphelandra)

The Great Outdoors

Keen gardeners will need to be aware that some outdoor plants can be toxic to cats. Cats are discerning eaters and usually will instinctively avoid eating many poisonous plants, but it is still best to stay vigilant. For more information on outdoor plants that may be dangerous, take a look at the visual guide below.

Signs of plant poisoning

If you think your cat has been poisoned, contact your vet immediately. Don't wait for signs of illness to develop.

Signs of poisoning can include (but are not limited to)

  • salivation
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • twitching
  • fitting
  • breathing difficulties
  • shock
  • collapse
  • coma

First aid for poisoned cats

If you can see the poisonous substance, take your cat away from it and then call your vet for advice. They may want to see your cat immediately. Making your cat sick may not be helpful.

If you have evidence of what your cat has eaten, take a sample to the vet. Even a sample of vomit may help diagnosis, particularly if it is an unusual colour or contains plant matter.

A visual guide to keeping your pet safe

cats poisoning infographic

Related topics

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