Plants and Flowers Can Be Toxic to Cats

Did you know many common plants and flowers have the potential to be toxic to your cat? Although some varieties can cause relatively minor reactions, many plants can cause death if your cat ingests a significant quantity.

There are different types of lilies, for example, that when eaten, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, mouth pain, kidney disease, heart issues and even death.

Other common plants that may be toxic to your cat, include:

  • Daffodil
  • Hydrangea
  • Rhododendron
  • Morning Glory
  • Poinsettia
  • Azalea

For a more comprehensive list of plants toxic to cats, visit Pet Poison Helpline.

Common Symptoms of Plant Poisoning in Cats

The common signs of toxicity for these plants are vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms could be the result of a number of causes, certain plants can cause very distinct behavioral symptoms. Ingesting Morning Glory, for instance, can cause your cat to stagger and show signs of agitation.

Review the following signs of toxicity, and if you notice any of them, take your cat to the veterinarian immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Loss of appetite

Preventing Plant Poisoning: Keep Cats Away from Plants

Plants and flowers that are inside your home should be kept out of your cat’s reach (which is sometimes easier said than done) or in another room to prevent any health issues from occurring.

If you have outdoor plants and flowers, we recommend that you keep your cat strictly indoors, or only allow supervised outings. You can also fence your garden to keep it inaccessible to your cat.

What Should I Do If I Think My Cat Has Ingested a Poisonous Plant?

If you know or suspect that your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, don’t hesitate to call your nearest veterinarian, even if none of the above symptoms have presented themselves.

Be sure to let the hospital staff and veterinarian know the type of plant(s) that may have been ingested. Early diagnosis can increase the number of poison treatment options available.

Need More Information?

If you ever have any questions about your cat’s health , you can always reach out to your neighborhood Banfield Pet Hospital. We also have a wealth of articles about feline health in our Pet Health Resources library.

Check out these related articles for more tips on preventing your pets from known poisons.