Common Houseplants That Are Toxic to Cats

cat near houseplant on floor at home

Houseplants are a great way to decorate and bring fresh oxygen into your space, but if you have pets, you must be cautious about which greenery you choose to bring into your home. Cats are prone to mischief and love to investigate their surroundings thoroughly. There are quite a few houseplants that could put your feline friend’s life in danger if they get too curious and try chewing on them.

Here are a few common houseplants that are toxic to cats and should be avoided to keep your pet safe and healthy!

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has many medicinal properties and is a staple in many households. It is characterized by thick, succulent-like leaves with jagged edges that grow upwards from a rosette-like base. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested.

Jade Plants

Jade plants, also known as “Money plants” or “Dollar plants,” are a type of succulent that is simple to grow and thought to bring good luck and fortune to their owners. These plans have dark green fleshy leaves and thick stems. There are several types of jade plants, but unfortunately, they are all highly toxic to cats. If ingested, they can cause symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, depression, and incoordination.

Snake Plants

Snake plants are often referred to as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” and are well-known as one of the best plants for low light conditions and improving air quality. While snake plants are non-toxic for humans, the ASPCA reports they are toxic for both cats and dogs and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested.

English Ivy

English ivy has small, pointed leaves and makes for gorgeous drapery. It has become popular as a houseplant grown in hanging planters. It can appear like a snack or a toy to curious felines, which can be extremely dangerous as English ivy is toxic to cats. When ingested, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, including weakness, vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive drooling, and diarrhea.

Proper research is necessary before bringing new plants into your home when you have pets. At The Cat’s Inn, we care about the safety and well-being of all felines. That is why we handcraft custom cat townhouses and towers. We have created a more humane and convenient way to board cats for any duration of stay. 

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