Friday, September 9, 2011

15 Houseplants that are Toxic to Cats and Dogs


There are many houseplants that are unsafe for your cats and dogs. From personal experience, young kitties tend to get themselves into trouble with houseplants while older cats tend to stay away. However each cat, and dog, is different.

Aloe Vera - Sadly, this popular houseplants and healing remedy for humans is toxic to cats and dogs. Signs of ingestion include diarrhea, vomiting, and tremors.

Barbados Aloe - Aloe barbadensis. Like the aloe vera plant, this aloe is also toxic to cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting and a change in the color of your pet's urine.

Begonia - Begonia spp. A favorite flowering house and garden plant, begonias are toxic to cats and dogs. The signs of poison are vomiting, excessive drooling, and problems with swallowing.

Cardboard Palm - Zamia furfuracea. This easy to grow houseplant is toxic to cats and dogs. If ingested, it can cause liver failure and even death.

Charming Dieffenbachia - Dieffenbachia amoena. If you have this plant in your home, keep it away from your pets. If ingested, it can cause irritation of the mouth and tongue, excessive drooling, problems with swallowing, and vomiting.

Chrysanthemum - Chrysanthemum spp. Keep the mums outdoors and away from your pets. One of my favorite flowers, these plants are sadly toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion can cause diarrhea, dermatitis, and vomiting.

Corn Plant - Dracaena fragrans. A common office plant, corn plant is poisonous to cats and dogs. Ingestion can cause bloody vomiting.

Devils Ivy - Epipremnum aureum. Often grown as a hanging plant, keep it away from cats and dogs. Ingestion can irritate the mouth and tongue, cause diarrhea and vomiting, and cause problems with swallowing.

Dieffenbachia - A pretty houseplant that can cause a lot of discomfort to pets when eaten. Problems include excessive drooling and vomiting.

Dracaena - Young cats think this plant is fun to play with, but it is also toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion can cause bloody vomiting, anorexia, and dilated pupils.

Elephant's Ear - Alocasia spp. These beautiful houseplants are poisonous to cats and dogs. If you pet eats the leaves, you may notice signs of excessive drooling, vomiting, and/or difficulty swallowing.

English Ivy - Hedera helix.  One of the easiest plants to grow indoors, the English Ivy is poisonous to cats and dogs. If your pet consumes this plant, s/he may experience vomiting, pain in the belly, excessive drooling, and/or diarrhea.

Fancy Caladium - Caladium hortulanum. While visually appealing, this houseplant is poisonous to cats and dogs. If your pet eats this plant, s/he may experience irritation in her/his mouth, excessive drooling, swallowing problems, and vomiting.

Hurricane Plant - Monstera deliciosa. A common office plant, the Hurricane Plant is toxic to cats and dogs. If your pet should ingest this plant, s/he may exhibit signs of mouth and tongue irritation, vomiting, problems swallowing, and excessive drooling.

Silver Jade Plant - Crassula arborescens. One of my favorite houseplants to grow, it is unfortunately poisonous to cats and dogs. If eaten, your pet may experience vomiting.

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