Toxic plants for cats

A number of plants are poisonous to cats. Generally, cats will stay away from plants that will harm them, but sometimes curiosity and boredom get the better of them and they might nibble on your plants.

Consumption of poisonous plants can cause a range of symptoms from vomiting to serious illness and even death in some cases. If you suspect that your cat has ingested a poisonous plant, take it to your vet immediately. If you can, it is recommended you bring part of the plant your cat ingested with you to the vet, as they may be able to advise if the plant is toxic or not.

Below is a list of some plants that are toxic to cats, gathered from the Purina website.

Importantly though, if a plant in your garden is not listed here, it does not mean that it is not toxic to cats. For a more comprehensive list of all plants (both toxic and non-toxic to cats) visit the ASPCA website where you should be able to find the plant in question among those listed.

Flowering plants:

  • Amaryllis
  • Asian Lily
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Climbing Lily
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Day Lily
  • Easter Lily
  • Elephant Ear
  • Gladiola
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Narcissus
  • Poinsettia
  • Rubrum Lily
  • Stargazer Lily
  • Tiger Lily
  • Tulip
  • Wood Lily

Ferns:

  • Asparagus Fern
  • Emerald Feather
  • Lace Fern
  • Plumosa Fern

Indoor plants:

  • Aglaonema
  • Arrowhead Vine
  • Dracaena Deremensis
  • Dracaena Fragrans
  • Dracaena Marginata

Perennials:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Anthurium
  • Arum or Calla Lily
  • Hellebore
  • Morning Glory
  • Mother-in-law's Tongue
  • Nightshade
  • Pussy's Ears

Succulents:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Chandelier Plant
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Devil’s Backbone
  • Firestick
  • Mother of Millions
  • Mother of Thousands
  • Panda Plant
  • Pencil Cactus
  • Pencil Tree Plant
  • Jade Plant
  • Snake Plant
  • String of Pearls
  • String of Peas Plant
Page last updated: 04 Jan 2021