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Common Cat Poisons - Plants & Household Items Toxic To Cats

If you suspect your cat has eaten a toxic plant, seek immediate veterinary care. If possible, take a sample of the suspect plant for identification.

Also see below for other toxins.

Toxic Plants

Acocanthera
Aconite
Alfalfa
Almond (pits)
Aloe Vera
Alocasia
Alsike Clover
Amaryllis
Amsinckia
Angels Trumpet
Angels Wings
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits)
Arrowgrass
Arrowhead Vine
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avacado (fruit and pit)
Azalea

Baby's Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bitter Cherry
Bitter Nightshade
Bittersweet
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Bluebonnet
Blue Flag
Blue-Green Algae
Boston Ivy
Bouncing Bet
Box
Boxwood
Brackenfern
Brake Fern
Branching Ivy
Buckeyes
Buddist Pine
Bull Nettle
Burning Bush
Buttercup

Cactus, Candelabra
Caladium
Caley Pea
Calfkill
Calla Lily
Candelabra Cactus
Castorbean
Ceriman
Chalice Vine
Charming Dieffenbachia
Chinaberry tree
Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Inkberry
Christmas Plant
Christmas Rose
Chrysanthemum
Cineria
Clematis
Climbing Nightshade
Clover
Cocklebur
Common Burdock
Common Privet
Common Tansy
Coral Plant
Cordalis
Cordatum
Coriaria
Cornflower
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Cowslip
Crabs Eye
Croton
Corydalis
Crocus, Autumn
Crown of Thorns
Cuban Laurel
Cuckoo Pint
Cutleaf Philodendron
Cycads
Cyclamen
Cypress Spurge

Daffodil
Daphne
Datura
Day Lily
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Devil's Ivy
Delphinium
Decentrea
Dieffenbachia
Dog Bane
Dolls Eyes
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Duchman's Breeches
Dumb Cane
Dwarf Larkspur

Easter Flower
Easter Lily
Eggplant
Elaine
Elderberry
Elephant Ear
Emerald Duke
Emerald Feather
English Ivy
English Yew
Ergot
Eucalyptus
Euonymus
Euphorbia
Evergreen
Everlasting Pea
False Cactus
False Hellbore
Ferns
Feverfew
Fiddle-leaf fig
Fiddleneck
Florida Beauty
Flag
Flax
Fleur-de-lis
Fly Agaric
Four O'Clock
Foxglove
Foxtail Barley
Fruit Salad Plant
Geranium
German Ivy
Ghostweed
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier Ivy 
Golden Chain
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Chain
Golden Glow
Golden Pothos
Gopher Purge
Green Dragon
Green False Hellebore
Ground Ivy
Groundsel

Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Heartland Philodendron
Hellebore
Hemlock, Poison
Hemlock, Water
Henbane
Holly
Honeysuckle
Horsebeans
Horsebrush
Horse Chestnut
Horse Nettle
Horse Tail
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea

Impatiens
Indian Rubber Plant
Indian Tobacco
Indian Turnip
Inkberry
Iris
Iris Ivy

Jack in the Pulpit
Jamestown Weed
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily
Jatropha
Java Beans
Jequirity Bean
Jessamine
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimsonweed
Johnsongrass
Jonquil
Jungle Trumpets
Juniper

Kalanchoe
Klamath Weed

Laburnum
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lambkill
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily
Lily Spider
Lily of the Valley
Lima Bean
Locoweed
Lords and Ladies
Lupine

Madagascar Dragon Tree
Majesty
Mandrake
Marble Queen
Marigold
Marijuana
Mayapple
Mescal Bean
Mexican Breadfruit
Mexican Poppy
Milk Bush
Milkweed
Milo
Miniature Croton
Mistletoe
Mock Orange
Monkshood
Moonseed
Morning Glory
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms

Nap-at-noon
Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephytis
Nightshade
Nutmeg

Oaks
Oleander
Onion
Oriental Lily


 

Panther Cap Mushroom
Parlour Ivy
Peace Lily
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Pencil Cactus
Pennyroyal
Peony
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Pie Plant
Pimpernel
Pin Cherry
Pinks
Plumosa Fern
Poinciana
Poinsettia 
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Pokeweed
Poppy
Potato
Pothos
Precatory Bean
Primrose
Privet

Quaker Bonnets

Ragwort
Red Clover
Red Emerald
Red Maple
Red Princess
Red-Margined Dracaena
Red Sage
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Ribbon Plant
Richweed
Rosemary Pea
Rubber Plant

Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Scotch Broom
Scouringbrush
Senecio
Sensitive Fern
Sheep Laurel
Silver Pothos
Silver Queen
Singletary Pea
Skunk Cabbage
Snake Plant
Snapdragon
Snowdrops
Snow on the Mountain
Soapwort
Sorghum
Spotted Dumb Cane
Squirrelcorn
Squirreltail Barley
St. Johnswort
Staggerweed
Star of Bethlehem
Stinging Nettle
String of Pearls
Striped Dracaena
Sudan Grass
Sweet Cherry
Sweetheart Ivy
Sweetpea
Swiss Cheese plant

Tangia Pea
Tansy Mustard
Tansy Ragwort
Taro Vine
Tarweed
Thornapple
Tiger Lily
Tinsel Tree
Tobacco
Tolguacha
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tree Philodendron
Tri-leaf-wonder
Trillium
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Trumpet Vine
Tulip
Tung Tree

Valley
Venus Flytrap
Verbena
Virginia Creeper
Walnuts
Water Hemlock
Weeping Fig
West Indian Lantana
White Clover
White Hellebore
White Sanicle
White Snakeroot
Wild Barley
Wild Black Cherry
Wild Bleeding Heart
Wild Call
Wisteria
Wolfs Bane
Wood Nettle

Yellow Jasmine
Yellow Jessamine
Yellow Oleander
Yellow Sage
Yellow Star Thistle
Yew


 

Non Toxic Plants

Achira
Acorn  summer squash
African violet
Airplane Plant
Algarroba
Aluminium Plant
Alumroot
American Plane Tree
Anthericum Comosum
Antirrhinum Multiflorum
Arabian Gentian
Aregelia
Artillery Plant
Aspidium Falcatum
Aubepine
Autumn Olive

Baby Rubber Plant
Baby Tears
Bachelors Buttons
Ball Fern
Bamboo Palm
Bamboo Vine
Bamboo
Banana
Banana Squash
Barrel Cactus
Beefsteak Plant
Begonia 
Belmore Sentry Palm
Big Shellbark Hickory
Bitter Pecan
Bitternut Hickory
Black Haw
Black Hawthorn
Blaspheme vine
Bloodleaf Plant
Blooming Sally
Blue Daisy
Bluebottle
Blushing Bromeliad
Bold Sword Fern
Boston Fern
Bottle Palm
Bottlebrush
Brazilian Orchid
Bride's Bonnet
Bristly Greenbrier
Brodiaea Pulchella
Broom Hickory
Bullbrier
Bur Gourd
Burro's Tail
Buttercup Squash
Butterfly Ginger
Butterfly Iris
Butterfly Squash
Butterfly Tulip
Butterfly Orchid
Button Fern

Caeroba
Calathea Insignis
California Pitcher Plant
Callistemon Citrinus
Callistemon Bradyandrus
Callistemon Viminalis
Calochortus Nuttalli
Calthea Lancifolia
Camellia
Canada Hemlock
Canary Date Palm
Candle Plant
Candycorn Plant
Canna Lily
Canterbury Bell
Cape Jasmine
Cape Primrose
Carob Tree
Carob
Caroba
Carobinha
Carolina Hemlock
Carrion Flower
Carrot Fern
Carrot Flower
Casaba Melon
Cast Iron Plant
Cat Ear
Cat Grass
Catnip
Cattleya 
Celosia 
Chamaedorean Humilis
Chicken Gizzard Plant
Chinese Fan Palm
Chinese Plumbago
Chlorophytum
Chlorophytum Bichetii
Chocolate Soldier Plant
Christmas Dagger Fern
Christmas Palm
Christmas Orchid
Cinnamon jasmine
Cinquefoil
Cirrhopetalum
Clearweed
Cliff Brake Fern
Club Moss
Cockscomb
Coleus
Common Staghorn Fern
Confederate Jasmine
Coolwort
Copperleaf
Coral Ardisia
Coral Bells
Cornflower
Crape Myrtle
Crataegus Phaenopyrum
Crataegus 
Creeping Charlie
Creeping Gloxinia
Creeping Jenny
Creeping Mahonia
Creeping Pilea
Creeping Rubus
Creeping Zinnia
Crepe Myrtle
Crimson Bottlebush
Crimson Cup
Crossandra
Cucumber
Cushion Moss
Cushon Aloe
Cyrtudeira Reptans
 

Dancing Doll Orchid
Donkey Tail
Dwarf Date Palm


Easter Daisy
Easter Lily Cactus
Easter Orchid
Easter lily Cactus
Elephant Ear Begonia
Emerald Ripple Peperomia
English Hawthorn
Epidendrum 
Episcia 


Fingernail Plant
Fire Weed
Forster Sentry Palm
Fortunes Palm
Freckle Face
Friendship Plant

Gerbera
Gherkins
Ghost Plant
Ghost Leafless Orchid
Giant White Inch Plant
Giant Holly Fern
Giant Aster
Gibasis Geniculata
Globe Thistle
Gloxinia
Gold Bloom
Goldfish Plant
Good Luck Palm
Grape Hyacinth
Grape Ivy
Great Willow Herb
Green Ripple  Peperomia
Greenbrier
 

Hagbrier
Haworthia
Haw
Hawthorn
Hellfetter
Hemlock Tree
Hen & Chickens Fern
Hickory
Hindu Rope Plant
Holly Fern
Hollyhock
Honey Locust
Honey Plant
Honeydew Melon
Honeysuckle Fuchsia
Hoya
Hubbard Squash
Hypocyrta 

Ice Plant
Imbricata sword fern
Irish moss
Iron cross begonia
Iron tree
Ivy-leaf peperomia
Ivy peperomia

Jackson Brier
Jacob's Ladder
Japanese Aralia
Japanese Pittosporum
Japanese moss
Japanese holly fern
Jasmine
Jewel orchid
Joseph's coat
Jungle geranium

Kaempferis
Kahali Ginger
Kenilworth Ivy
Kentia Palm
Kenya Palm
Kenya Violet
Kharoub
King and Queen Fern
King of the Forest
King Nut
Kuang-yen- pa-hsieh

Lace Flower Vine
Lace Orchid
Ladies Ear Drops
Lady Lou
Lady Palm
Lagerstroemia Indica
Lance Pleumele
Large Lady Palm
 Leather Peperomia
Lemon Bottlebrush
Leng-fen tu'an
Leopard Orchid
Leopard Lily
Lesser Snapdragon
Lily of the Valley Orchid
Linden
Lipstick Plant
Little Fantasy Peperomia
Little Zebra Plant
Living Rock Cactus
Living Stones
Locust Pods
Lou-lang-t'ou
Luther

Madagascar Jasmine
Magnolia Bush
Mahonia Aquifolium
Malabar Gourd
Malaysian Dracaema
Manila Palm
Mapleleaf Begonia
Maranta
Marbled Fingernail
Mariposa Lily
Maroon
Mary-Bud
Measles Plant
Melons
Metallic Peperomia
Metallic Leaf Begonia
Mexican Firecracker
Mexican Snowballs
Mexican Rosettes
Minature Maranta
Minature Marble Plant
Minature Fish Tail
Miniature Date Palm
Mistletoe Cactus
Mockernut Hickory
Mosaic Plant
Mosiac Vase
Moss Phlox
Moss Agate
Moss Rose
Moss Campion
Moss Fern
Mossy Campion
Mother Fern
Mother of Pearl Plant
Mother Spleenwort
Mountain Camellia
Mountain Grape
Mulberry Bush
Musa Paradisiaca
Muscari spp.
Muscari Armeniacum
Muskmellon

Narrow Leafed Pleomele
Natal Plum
Neanthe Bella palm
Neanthebella
Nematanthus spp.
Neoregelia
Nephrolepsis
Nerve Plant
New Silver and Bronze
Night Blooming Cereus

Odontoglossum spp.
Old World Orchid
Old Man Cactus
Orange Star
Oregon Grape
Ossifragi Vase

Paddys Wig
Painted Lady
Palm Lily
Pampus Grass
Panamiga
Pansy Orchid
Paradise Palm
Parlor Plant
Parlor Palm
Parsley Fern
Peace Begonia
Peacock Plant
Pearl Plant
Pearly Dots
Peperomia Peltifolia
Peperomia Rotundifolia
Peperomia Fosteri
Peperomia Sandersii
Peperomia Hederifolia
Pepper Face
Persian Violet
Pheasant Plant
Piggy Back Plant
Pigmy Date Palm
Pignut Hickory
Pignut
Pilea Microphylla
Pilea Mucosa
Pink Polka Dot Plant
Pink Pearl
Pink Starlite
Pink Brocade
Pirliteiro
Pitaya
Plantanus Occidentalis
Plantanus Orientalis
Platinum Peperomia
Platycerium Alicicorne
Plumbago Larpentiae
 


 

Plush Plant
Polka Dot Plant
Polystichum Falcatum
Pony Tail
Porcelain Flower
Pot Marigold
Prairie Snowball
Prairie Lily
Prayer Plant
Prickly Bottlebrush
Prostrate Coleus
Purple Waffle Plant
Purple Baby Tears
Purple Passion Vine
Purpleosier Willow

Queencup
Queens Spiderwort
Queensland Arrowroot

Rabbits Foot Fern
Rainbow Orchid
Red African Violet
Red Veined Prayer Plant
Red Berried Greenbrier
Red Hawthorne
Red Palm Lily
Red Edge Peperomia
Reed Palm
Resurrection Lily
Rex Begonia
Rhynchophorum
Ribbon Plant
Roosevelt Fern
Royal Velvet Plant
Rubber Plant, Baby
Russian Olive

Saffron Spike Zebra
Saint Bernards Lily
Sand Lily
Sand Verbena
Satin Pellionia
Sawbrier
Scabious
Scarborough Lily
Scarlet Orchid
Scarlet Sage
Sego Lily
Shagbark Hickory
Shan ku'ei-lai
Shellbark Hickory
Shiny Leaf Smilax
Shrimp Cactus
Silver Nerve Plant
Silver Table Fern
Silver Pink Vine
Silver Bell
Silver Heart
Silver Star
Silver Berry
Silver-Leaf Peperomia
Silver Tree Anamiga
Slender Deutzia
Small Fruited Hickory
Smilax Tamnoides Vas Hispida
Speckled Wood Lily
Spice Orchid
Spider Ivy
Spider Plant
Spotted Laurel
Squarenut
Squirrels Foot Fern
Star Jasmine
Star Plant
Star Tulip
Star Window Plant
Star Lily
Strawberry
Striped Blushing
Sugar Pods
Sulfur Flower
Summer Hyacinth
Swedish Ivy
Sweet William
Sweetheart Peperomia
Sweetheart Hoya
Sword Fern


Tahitian Bridal Veil
Tailed Orchid
Tall Feather Fern
Tall Mahonia
Teasel Gourd
Texas Sage
Thea Japonica
Thimble Cactus
Thorn Apple
Ti Hu-Ling
Tiger Orchid
Toad Spotted Cactus
Torch Lily
Tous-Les-Mois
Trailing Peperomia
Tree Cactus
Tree Gloxinia
Tropical Moss
True Cantalope
Tu Fu-Ling
Tulip Poplar
Tulip Tree
Turban Squash
Turf Lily

Umbrella Plant
Urbinia Agavoides
Usambara Violet

Variegated Philodendron Leaf Peperomia
Variegated Wax Plant
Variegated Wandering Jew
Variegated Oval Leaf Peperomia
Variegated Laurel
Velvet Plant
Venus Fly Trap
Verona Fern
Verona Lace Fern
Vining Peperomia
Violet Slipper Gloxinia

Waffle Plant
Walking Anthericum
Washington Hawthorn
Water Hickory
Watermelon Peperomia
Watermelon Begonia
Watermelon Pilea
Wax Plant
Wax Rosette
Weeping Sergeant Hemlock
Weeping Bottlebrush
Weisdornbluten
West Indian Gherkin
Western Sword
White Edged Swedish Ivy
White Heart Hickory
White Ginger
Whitman Fern
Wild Buckwheat
Wild Sarsaparilla
Wild Lantana
Wild Strawberry
Wild Hyacinth
Willow Herb
Windmill Palm
Winter Cattleya
Withered Snapdragon
Woolflower

Yellow-Flowered Gourd
Yellow Bloodleaf
Yerba Linda

Zebra Haworthia
Zebra Plant
Zinnia sp.
Zucchini Squash

Other toxins

 

Never administer medicine to your cat without veterinary advice. This is especially important with human medication, which can be fatal to cats. Ensure all household chemicals are stored in a safe place where your cat can't have access to it. Many household chemicals are lethal to cats, even in small doses. 

People sometimes make the mistake of feeding human food to their cat. This is ok as long as you know the food is safe. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) should never be given to cats (or dogs). 

Also be aware that cats often scavenge food from your household bin, so it is wise to safely dispose of medicine, chemicals & food where your cat can't get to it. 

A cat doesn't have to directly eat or drink a toxin to become poisoned. For example if a cat lies in a garden that has been sprayed with insecticide or weed killer traces can get on the coat, which the cat will ingest during grooming. 

Christmas is a busy time for vets. Many pets become unwell after being fed too much human food by their well meaning owners. A small treat is always welcome by any cat, just as long as it's the right kind of food, and the cat isn't fed too much. If in doubt about food that your cat can or can't eat, check with your vet. 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Alcohol
Antifreeze
Aromatherapy oils 
Please consult your vet before using ANY aromatherapy oil on your cat. 

Aspirin

Bleach 
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid 

Cleaning Fluid
Chocolate

Coffee

Deodorants 
Deodorizers

Detergent
Disinfectants 
Dye

Fungicides
Furniture Polish

Garlic


 

Herbicides

Ibuprofen
Insecticides 

Laxatives
Lead

Metal Polish 
Mineral Spirits
Mothballs 

Nail Polish & Remover

Onion

Paint 
Paint Remover
Paracetamol
Petrol
Phenylbutazone


 


 

Photographic
Developer 

Rat/Ant Poison
Rubbing Alcohol 

Shoe Polish
Snail/Slug Bait 
Suntan Lotion 

Tar
Teflon

Weedkiller
Windshield Washer
Fluid 
Wood Preservatives

Zinc