Which house plants are poisonous for cats?

Poison plats for cats

As carnivores, cats are – actually – pure carnivores. So it plays an important part in the care of pets.

There are some poisonous indoor plants for cats. We list them here for you.

Do cats know what’s good for them?

Nature has provided clever mechanisms in many areas to protect living beings from harm.

After all, the cat complements some things with experience. If she feels sick immediately after a meal, she may avoid this food in the future. She had a negative learning experience with it.

Unfortunately, nature did not necessarily provide this vital benefit when nibbling on plants. If there are a sufficient number of different plants, cats tend to go for non-toxic grasses.

However, their curiosity often lead them to nibble on a poisonous plant

Horror stories about emergency operations on cats that have literally got a stalk stuck in their throats are circulating again and again – and rightly – on the Internet.

To completely deny your cat this important component of their diet is just as harmful.

So it is better to offer the cat a selection of suitable plants In order not only to satisfy the need safely,

but at the same time to take your personal taste into account.

Because not all grass is equal, there are cats  prefer to nibble on soft wheatgrass, while your cat might prefer to nibble on a young green lily.

Is there a reliable list of (non-) poisonous plants?

Basically it is difficult or even impossible to compile a complete and generally valid collection of poisonous or non-poisonous plants.

On the other hand, every cat is different and what one can tolerate well may cause the other to show signs of poisoning.

Some times a house plant may not very well known and is therefore not classified.

Other plants like the aforementioned green line are in and of themselves harmless, but they absorb environmental toxins in their leaves and can become a hazard over time or in the smoker’s household, for example.

It is therefore important to inform yourself again and again when using plants, to weigh up and, if in doubt, to do without a questionable plant or to make it inaccessible to the feline’s teeth.

About Wire mesh, glass bells or hanging baskets sometimes unsuitable for the cat plants can be accommodated in the home safely.

But please ask critically whether your curious mini tiger can actually not get to the hanging hanging basket or whether it just needs a good portion of boredom and bounce to get to the poisonous leaves.

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Which houseplants are poisonous?

The very popular flowering plants, which are unfortunately absolutely poisonous for cats, include

  • orchids
  • poinsettia
  • cyclamen

Green plants, which should be only an unattainable place in the cat household, for example,  the ficus , dracaena and yucca .

If you like gardening on the windowsill, you should eat your cat from kitchen onions or avocados keep away.

Some of plants and fruits are poisonous for cats. A welcome souvenir for a birthday or simply to brighten up the dining table are bouquets of flowers, which unfortunately also involve dangers.

In addition to poisonous berries , which use as decoration material, many flowers are also harmful.

Lilies count as well as tulips or daffodils to the harmful plants.

This list can only describe a very small part of the harmful plants. If you want to make your apartment a little greener, it is essential to find out more about the intended plant species and also question the seriousness of the source.

You can find many lists on the Internet, some of which contradict each other. There are specialists and professionals available, who can certainly help you through.

Found a non-toxic plant? Can the cat nibble right away?

If you enjoy your new, colorful horned violet or the lush green thick leaf, for example, you should still be careful at first.

Most of the plants available on the market contain all kinds of toxins against pests and for faster, vigorous growth.

It takes 6-8 weeks to rinsed toxins out of the plants.

If you don’t want to wait that long or if you don’t have sheltered accommodation, there are regional nurseries and special types of plants that deliberately avoid harmful pesticides or fertilizers.

The same applies here: Find out in advance what you should pay attention to with the variety you have chosen or the local nursery.


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