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APR 02 2019
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Are My House Plants Poisonous For My Pet?

Many pets like to nibble on your house plants, particularly indoor cats in search of some fresh greenery. However, some plants are poisonous and can make your pet seriously ill. So, which plants are toxic for your cat or dog, and what are the safe alternatives?

Cats or dogs that have eaten a poisonous plant can become seriously ill and exhibit symptoms such as: vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms then take your pet straight to the vet!

Common poisonous plants:
Aloe Vera
Anemone
Azalea
Bulb flowers, such as Hyacinth, Narcissus and Amaryllis
Chrysanthemum
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena
Ficus
Swiss cheese plants
Lilies
Christmas plants (Poinsettia, Christmas rose, mistletoe, holly)
Philodendron

Avoid these plants and/or put them in a safe place that’s out of your pet’s reach. 


Whilst cats tend to intuitively avoid poisonous plants, you must never assume this. Young pets are at an additional risk of poisoning. Indeed, kittens enjoy exploring their environment via their taste buds and are unable to make the distinction between toxic and non-toxic. Dogs or other pets that are curious or bored also run the risk of munching on toxic plants.

The list of poisonous plants is long. Which is why it’s often easier to choose a plant that’s categorically non-toxic for your dog or cat.

Common safe plants:
Areca palm, dwarf palm. In fact, palms are invariably a safe option!
Bamboo
Bromeliad (flower)
Haworthia (a non-toxic succulent plant)
Gerberas
Marigold
Grass lily
Ponytail palm
Orchid
Fern
Herbs in your kitchen such as parsley and mint. Some cats love these!
bamboo is safe for catsBamboo is a safe plant


Cats love plants

Of course, houseplants are not there to be eaten. Yet many cats need to nibble on something green. Indoor cats particularly require your help. So, indulge your indoor cat with a pot of fresh cat grass. Cat grass is packed with folic acid, which is extremely beneficial for your little tiger and helps them to regurgitate hairballs. Most cats love it. Note: cats that enjoy eating cat grass may also have a go at your non-toxic houseplants. Incidentally, they’re unable to digest the actual leaves: they instead 'gnaw' on them to extract the nutrients and then expel the fibre via vomiting.


Did you know that many dogs also love fresh (cat) grass? We don’t know why exactly; we suspect that they just like the taste of it. So, treat your pampered pooch to a good old nibble on the green stuff every now and then!

Cats and dogs can determine for themselves how much grass to eat, so a recommended dosage is not required. Simply make it available and allow your pet to help themselves as and when desired. However, some cats can overdo things, and will continue to eat (and vomit), which isn't very fun for anyone! If this sounds like your little furry friend, then it’s advisable to place the pot of grass out of reach from time to time. You can buy cat grass at your pet store, plant store or you can DIY and grow your own cat grass.


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Many pets like to nibble on your house plants, particularly indoor cats in search of some fresh greenery. However, some plants are poisonous and can make your pet seriously ill. So, which plants are toxic for your cat or dog, and what are the safe alternatives?

Cats or dogs that have eaten a poisonous plant can become seriously ill and exhibit symptoms such as: vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms then take your pet straight to the vet!

Common poisonous plants:
Aloe Vera
Anemone
Azalea
Bulb flowers, such as Hyacinth, Narcissus and Amaryllis
Chrysanthemum
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena
Ficus
Swiss cheese plants
Lilies
Christmas plants (Poinsettia, Christmas rose, mistletoe, holly)
Philodendron

Avoid these plants and/or put them in a safe place that’s out of your pet’s reach. 


Whilst cats tend to intuitively avoid poisonous plants, you must never assume this. Young pets are at an additional risk of poisoning. Indeed, kittens enjoy exploring their environment via their taste buds and are unable to make the distinction between toxic and non-toxic. Dogs or other pets that are curious or bored also run the risk of munching on toxic plants.

The list of poisonous plants is long. Which is why it’s often easier to choose a plant that’s categorically non-toxic for your dog or cat.

Common safe plants:
Areca palm, dwarf palm. In fact, palms are invariably a safe option!
Bamboo
Bromeliad (flower)
Haworthia (a non-toxic succulent plant)
Gerberas
Marigold
Grass lily
Ponytail palm
Orchid
Fern
Herbs in your kitchen such as parsley and mint. Some cats love these!
bamboo is safe for catsBamboo is a safe plant


Cats love plants

Of course, houseplants are not there to be eaten. Yet many cats need to nibble on something green. Indoor cats particularly require your help. So, indulge your indoor cat with a pot of fresh cat grass. Cat grass is packed with folic acid, which is extremely beneficial for your little tiger and helps them to regurgitate hairballs. Most cats love it. Note: cats that enjoy eating cat grass may also have a go at your non-toxic houseplants. Incidentally, they’re unable to digest the actual leaves: they instead 'gnaw' on them to extract the nutrients and then expel the fibre via vomiting.


Did you know that many dogs also love fresh (cat) grass? We don’t know why exactly; we suspect that they just like the taste of it. So, treat your pampered pooch to a good old nibble on the green stuff every now and then!

Cats and dogs can determine for themselves how much grass to eat, so a recommended dosage is not required. Simply make it available and allow your pet to help themselves as and when desired. However, some cats can overdo things, and will continue to eat (and vomit), which isn't very fun for anyone! If this sounds like your little furry friend, then it’s advisable to place the pot of grass out of reach from time to time. You can buy cat grass at your pet store, plant store or you can DIY and grow your own cat grass.


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