Many plants are toxic substances if eaten by your cat, but with a bit of forethought and sensible planning, the dietary safety of your beloved pet can be assured. Be aware that your cat will sometimes enjoy chewing on greenery, the reasons for this: they are seeking more fiber in their diet, through sheer boredom or to relieve teething irritation.
The following plants are considered poisonous to cats:
(Some of the listed varieties have only part of the plant being dangerous, but whether it be the leaves, stems, stalks, berries, bulbs or other, it pays to be cautious at all times.)
* A potentially fatal plant ~ BE AWARE!
INDOOR PLANTS -
Aloe vera, Araceae family (arum, calla lily, peace lily, philodendron), Bird of paradise, Caladium species, Chinese evergreen, Croton, Cyclamen, Dieffenbachia, English ivy, Euphorbia, Glory lily, Golden pothos, Holly, Jerusalem cherry, Kaffir lily, *Kalanchoe, *Lily (Easter lily, tiger lily, Madonna lily, Turk's cap lily, Asiatic lily), *Misletoe, Poinsettia, Rhododendron species.
OUTDOOR PLANTS -
Baptisia species, Bleeding heart, Buttercup, Cardinal flower, Christmas rose, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Crocus, Daffodil, Daylily, *Delphinium, Elder, Euonymus, Flowering tobacco, *Foxglove, Garlic, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Jimson weed, Lily, *Lily of the valley, Lupine, *Monkshood, Morning glory, Nightshade, *Oleander, Poppy, Potato, Purple flag iris, Rhubarb, Sweetpea, Tulip, Virginia crepper, *Yew.
Where possible, remove the plants that pose as a source of danger to your cat and provide safe alternate greenery, such as cat grass, for your pet to chew on. Although it may be impractical to move whole garden beds of poisonous plants, it helps to keep them well trimmed and maintained for the sake of your pet's safety.
If planning a new garden, cat owners would be well served to consult the above list in order to avoid including plantings that may compromise the safety of one's pet. Be especially careful with choices of indoor varieties.
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