5 Plants Poisonous to Cats ...

Having cats is a joy, but it does limit the types of plants I’m able to keep in the house. If I were able to have hanging baskets all over my home, then I wouldn’t have to worry about a plant being detrimental to my feline friends. However, you never know when a plant is going to drop a leaf and having your cat find the leaf before you do can mean life or death. Here are 5 plants poisonous to cats.

5. Amaryllis

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This is a beautiful plant that is sold in most stores during the holidays. The overly large blooms can be very enticing to a cat who things it might be fun to attack such a large flower. Vomiting and diarrhea are two signs that your cat may show if part of this plant has been ingested.

4. Easter Lily

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Here is yet another popular holiday plant. The entire plant is poisonous to cats, not just the blooms and leaves. If any part of this plant is ingested kidney failure may occur. Be on the lookout for teeth marks in the leaves if you have one of these lilies in or around your home.

3. Ivy

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The ivy plant is notorious for dropping leaves at will. Cats that ingest these leaves or gnaw on the vines sometimes show a significant change in behavior. They tend to become very excitable and also begin to vomit or have diarrhea.

2. Mistletoe

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Due to the high toxicity of this plant, most people decide to opt for the fake version. This parasitic plant has berries that can be tempting to a cat. Ingesting one of the small berries of the mistletoe plant can cause difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, and blisters in the mouth.

1. Poinsettia

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The poinsettia causes similar symptoms to those produced by mistletoe plants. The red leaves on these plants tend to drop off very easily. If you receive one of these for Christmas, be sure to keep it in a location where the leaves won’t be bumped by a curious cat.

I find it interesting that all the plants that are supposed to bring beauty and joy to a household during the holidays are all on the list of plants that are poisonous to cats. If you have a plant that your cat seems overly fascinated with, you might want to check to see if it might be a poisonous one. How do you keep your cats safe from plants that might be toxic to them?

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