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Plants that are Poisonous to Cats

Do you know what plants are poisonous to cats?  Mine have been known to nibble a plant or two occasionally.

Always check with your vet first.  Many plants that are toxic to people may not cause problems with pets and vice-versa.  Animals often vomit plants eaten, limiting the adverse affects.  There are so many plants and limited reports of problems that it is difficult to create an all-inclusive listing.     Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website www.avma.org for information on household hazards including plants. 

Some of the houseplants listed include schefflera, dumbcane (dieffenbachia), tuberous begonia, and philodendron.  These contain small crystals that irritate small animals organs.  Fortunately these crystals also irritate their mouths.  This usually minimizes the eating or causes vomiting before large amounts can be consumed.  Oleander and azaleas can also cause problems.   The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website lists indoor and outdoor plants poisonous to pets including lilies, chrysanthemums, peace lilies, pothos, English ivy, kalanchoe, azalea, sago palm, schefflera and tulips.


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