List of Toxic Plants for Cats

More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.

Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant.

Below is a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals. This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

Flowers and plants that cause rashes 
  • Cactus
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Ficus
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Pothos and Ivy (in small amounts)
  • Primerose 
  • Schefflers
  • Sumac

Flowers and plants that cause organ damage

(Kidney, liver, stomach, heart, etc.)
  • Azalea (in small amounts) Crocus
  • Foxglove
  • Juniper
  • Lily
  • Amaryllis

Flowers and Plants That Cause Upset Stomachs
(Vomiting, diarrhea and gas)
  • Aster
  • Baby's Breath
  • Boxwood 
  • Cala Lily
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • English Ivy 
  • Freesia 
  • Gladiolas 
  • Holly 
  • Hyacinth 
  • Hydrangea 
  • Kalanchoe
    • Peony
    Flowers and Plants that Cause Death
    • Oleander
    • Morning Glory
    • Poinsettia
    • Pothos
    • Ivy
    • Scheifflera 
    Because contact with some flowers and plants can cause reactions varying from an itch to death, it is best to teach your cat not to eat plants and flowers. Just as we baby proof our home for a new child, we must also cat proof our home for our four legged children.

    Note this is a partial list of the most common plants and flowers. For a complete list of all poisonous plants for cats and dogs click here


      The majority of herbs are safe for cats, including:

    • Basil 
    • Bee balm 
    • Cat Thyme 
    • Chamomile 
    • Chervil 
    • Coriander (Cilantro) 
    • Cress 
    • Dill 
    • Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) 
    • Gloxinia 
    • Hyssop 
    • Lavender 
    • Lemon Balm 
    • Lemon Verbena 
    • Lovage 
    • Mint 
    • Oregano 
    • Parsley 
    • Peppermint 
    • Rosemary 
    • Sage 
    • Spearmint 
    • Tarragon 
    • Thyme

      If you suspect your cat has eaten a plant or flower, please note the amount ingested and call your local poison control office, ASPCA or a veterinarian. They can answer any questions and advise in actions needed to counteract poisons.
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