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Toxic and Non-toxic Plants for are Feline Friends

By Jen and Danielle
Published: April 25, 2012

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Spring is here, which means many flowers and plants are blooming, including those that are harmful to cats. Many types of lilies are extremely dangerous, if not deadly, for cats, who of course love to explore all new additions including those new plants during the spring season. If you think your feline friend may have ingested any part of a Lily plant, just take the appropriate actions immediately, but do not panic. However, you should be aware of the signs associated with the plant and your pet, as well as what to do if it does happen. Some primary symptoms are lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting or diarrhea, which is caused by the toxins in the plant which can range on the extent of symptoms. If you have lilies in your home and notice these symptoms with your pet, it is best to contact your veterinarian immediately and the pet poison helpline at Here is a chart to help you with a few popular plants. Some are toxic, while others are safe for your felines.

For those of you who love flowers in your home don’t fear there are still many fantastic flowers that are safe for your feline friends as well. A few of those cat friendly plants are: the Easter Orchid, African Violet, Miniature Roses, and Common Geranium. Although these are safe for feline friends and some other pets, it is still suggested to not allow them to chew on these plants, safe or not, because it can cause some mild illnesses as well.

These plants are toxic to cats. If your cat eats any part of the plant, contact your veterinary immediately:

Aloe Vera
Arrowhead Vine (all parts)
Asparagus Fern
Bird of Paradise (fruit, seeds)
Boston Ivy (all parts)
Caladium (all parts)
Calla Lily
Christmas Rose
Creeping Charlie (all parts)
Creeping Fig
Crown of Thorns
Dumbcane (all parts)
Easter lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Duke (all parts)
English Holly
English and Glacier Ivy (leaves, berries)
Heartleaf (all parts)
Ivy (Hedera)
Jerusalem Cherry
Lily of the Valley (all parts)
Majesty (all parts)
Marble Queen (all parts)
Nephthytis (all parts)
Parlor Ivy (all parts)
Philodendron (all parts)
Poinsettia (leaves, flowers)
Pothos (all parts)
Pot Mum
Red Princess (all parts)
Saddleleaf (all parts)
Spider Mum
Sprengeri Fern
Swiss Cheese Plant
Tulip (bulbs)
Umbrella Plant (all parts)
Weeping Fig (Ficus)

These are all common houseplants that are non-toxic to cats.
African violet (Saintpaulia)
Aluminum plant
Any of the true ferns (Boston fern, maidenhair, etc.)
Cacti (but make sure they are real cacti, not just a succulent)
Common geranium (Pelargonium)
Foxinia (Sinningia)
Goldfish plant (Hypoestes)
Grape ivy (Cissus)
Hanging African Violet (Episcia)
Lipstick vine (Aeschynanthus)
Miniature roses
Prayer plant (Maranta)
Shrimp plant (Beleperone guttata)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus)
Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea)
Variegated philodendron leaf peperomia
Wandering jew (Zebrina)
Wax begonias (Begonia semperflorens)


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