The 5 most poisonous houseplants for cats

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Indoor plants have become an integral part of our home: they not only provide color but also improve the indoor climate. Many do not know that among the most popular house plants there are some species that are toxic to cats.

Cats have the natural need to nibble on plants. It is incorrectly assumed again and again that grass and greenery are necessary for nutrition. In fact, the nibbling of green plants but the fight against hairballs in the gastrointestinal tract.

Cat at the window

A natural curiosity is innate to all cats

These are the 5 most poisonous indoor plants for cats

If you keep a pure flat cat, you must pay particular attention to the selection of your house plants, because the tended to be more boring and the lack of natural experience make houseplants very interesting for your four-legged friend. Below we have listed the five most poisonous indoor plants for cats.

Dieffenbachia / Schweigrohr

The Dieffenbachie is poisonous for cats

Popular, but very poisonous for cats: Dieffenbachie

Dieffenbachie (Dieffenbachia sp.) Is one of the most popular indoor plants. Nibbling your cat on the green poisonous plant, however, can have serious consequences for your four-legged friend. A poisoning by Dieffenbachie manifests itself mostly in an irritation of the mouth, stomach, intestine and throat of the animal. In addition, dysphagia and respiratory distress are noticeable. As a cat owner you should be aware that even a touch of the poison plant is sufficient to cause the first poisoning symptoms. This also applies to the drinking of irrigation water and should therefore be avoided. In the worst case, poisoning leads to the death of your cat.


All plant parts of the cycad fern (Cycas revoluta) are poisonous

All plant parts of the cycad fern (Cycas revoluta) are poisonous

Anyone who deals with poisonous indoor plants as a cat owner will also come across the cycads (Cycas revoluta). It is available almost everywhere and is suitable for decoration in rooms and on terraces. Unfortunately, few cat owners are aware that all plant parts of the cycad are poisonous to pets. Above all, the seeds must be enjoyed with caution, because this contains the glycoside Cycasin. Cats respond to it with disorders in the gastrointestinal tract and on the liver. It is even thought that the poison is carcinogenic.


Cyclamen are toxic to cats

Contact with cyclamen may cause vomiting, circulatory disorders and cramps in your cat

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) are classic indoor plants and particularly beautiful to look at the heyday. Unfortunately, caution is also needed with this poisonous houseplant. The tuber in particular should not be left unattended in the presence of a cat. The triterpene saponins contained in it are poisonous. Especially young animals, which are usually very curious, must be kept away from cyclamen. However, if your cat comes in contact with the plant, symptoms such as vomiting, circulatory problems and cramps can be observed. A trip to the vet and a fluid can now save the life of the cat.

Amaryllis / Ritterstern

Poisonous eye-catcher: the Amaryllis

Poisonous eye-catcher: the Amaryllis

Amaryllis or Ritterstern (Hippeastrum) is a popular decoration on the windowsill at Christmas time. With its bright red flowers and long leaves, the amaryllis of a cat falls into the eye very quickly. But Amaryllis plants are very poisonous to animals. In leaves, flowers and seeds are highly toxic ingredients. The most dangerous for cats, however, is the onion. In it, the concentration of toxins is at a particularly high level, so that even minimal consumption can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and consequently cardiac arrest.

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Klivie / Riemenblatt (Clivia miniata)

Consuming Klivie plant parts can lead to paralysis

Also the Klivie (Clivia miniata) belongs to the family of the Amaryllis plants and is with its orange blooms a particularly attractive house plant. For cat owners and people with children, but it is unsuitable. Because the poisonous houseplant contains alkaloids, which lead to nausea, diarrhea and increased salivation when consumed. If a cat takes up large quantities, central paralysis may occur.

Danger by cut flowers

Although many cut flowers are not poisonous, it can be assumed that purchased cut flowers are very heavily sprayed. Therefore, the consumption or nibbling by the cat should be prevented even with non-toxic flowers.

Safe alternatives

Christmas cactus Schlumbergia

The Christmas cactus is safe for cats who like to nibble on houseplants

If you do not want to give up the above mentioned plants, it is very important to place them inaccessible to cats. But we recommend: Do not risk taking it and choose safer alternatives instead.Examples include: Echeveria, Gardenia, Zimmerjasmin and the Christmas cactus.
Does your cat like to nibble on your green plants? Then it is recommended to buy cat grass or fodder plants of the brand Golli-Thek®. These are specially cultivated plants that are untreated and have been tested by veterinarians.

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