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Houseplants add brightness and liveliness to our homes. Unfortunately, our furry best friends do not tolerate all plants – in fact, some of them are quite common in our household, but they can greatly impact the health of our cats, while some can even lead to death. Whether you are planning to adopt a new kitty, or you simply want to make sure you avoid these toxic houseplants, have a look at the next sections!
1. Monstera Deliciosa
This beautiful plant is quite common on all social media thanks to its impressive foliage. Because of the shape, some people refer to it as the Swiss cheese plant. Monstera deliciosa are great houseplants since they do not require much maintenance.
Unfortunately, this plant has a high content of insoluble calcium oxalates – in translation, this plant is very toxic to cats. When ingested, your feline might have a burning feeling of the mouth and lips, oral swelling, excessive drooling, and vomiting, among others.
2. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
Dumb cane is another common houseplant with similar properties – low maintenance and extremely beautiful. There are numerous varieties of the dumb cane, varying in height and looks. This plant is not only highly toxic to cats, but even to humans. If you touch the sap with your bare skin, it will irritate you. The main symptoms include vomiting, oral irritation, burning of the mouth and lips, and your kitty may even have difficulty breathing or swallowing in severe cases.
3. Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies is another beautiful houseplant and is commonly beloved for its blooming period during Easter. Most people choose this beautiful plant for its darker leaves and pure, white flower. Similar to other toxic plants, the peace lilies contain high amounts of calcium oxalates. When consumed, the plant causes excessive drooling, irritation of the GI tract and mouth, and vomiting. Severe intoxication cases lead to difficulty swallowing and breathing.
4. Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum) or Devil’s Ivy
The Devil’s Ivy is a beautiful climbing plant, but it is toxic when ingested. It is one of the best houseplants for amateurs, while the attractive climbing properties make it suitable for home décor. Unfortunately, your kitty can get intoxicated when ingesting pothos; the common symptoms include vomiting, burning of the mouth, and swelling.
5. Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta)
Sago palms are the go-to choice when you want a tropical home décor and they are great when it comes to improving the quality of air. Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic for cats. No matter which part is ingested, the usual symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. It can lead to liver failure and even death. Make sure you avoid the sago palms if you have cats.
6. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
The interesting design of the English ivy makes it a common choice for improving indoors décor. The delicate plant has a rich, hanging drapery, but it resembles a delicious snack for our furry friends. Unfortunately, your kitty will experience weakness, dermatitis, ataxia, rash, vomiting, and throat swelling, among others, if ingested.
7. Jade Plants (Crassula)
This is also known as the money or dollar plant. The jade plant is a beautiful, glossy succulent that is not high-maintenance and it is believed to bring wealth and good luck to owners. This is why it is one of the most common houseplants. Unfortunately, all varieties of jade plants are toxic to dogs, cats, and even horses. When ingested, your kitty will experience lethargy, vomiting, incoordination, and depression.
8. Aloe Vera
This is a staple in many homes – it is not only unpretentious, but we can use it to prepare lots of creams and lotions for body care, treat acne and wounds, and many more. Aloe vera has the familiar thick, juicy leaves with stingy edges. Despite its many properties suitable for humans, aloe vera is toxic to cats, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.
9. Snake Plants (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Did you know that this plant is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue? Also referred to as snake plants, this is an ideal option for your home décor because it enhances air quality while thriving in low light settings. Unfortunately, the ASPCA confirmed that the plant is highly toxic to our cats, leading to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
Azaleas are bundles of multicolored, vivid blooms. They are beautiful plants often found in gardens or around homes, especially chosen for their bright colors. The plant enjoys cooler temperatures, but it is toxic to our furry friends. Avoid ingestion by cats and dogs alike if you want your furry buddy to be healthy and safe.