5 Poisonous Plants Your Cat Should Avoid

For the most part, the cats we own tend to be indoor cats, but that doesn’t mean our beloved kitties aren’t known to venture off outside every time and again! It’s normal for a house cat to take in some fresh air and wander outside for a bit. But there are many dangers out there that your cat should avoid – and it’s not necessarily predators or cars on the road! Cats are curious creatures and may encounter some not-so-cat-friendly plants. In fact, some of these plants may be downright poisonous!

Here are 5 poisonous plants your cat should avoid:

1. Lilies

Although they are gorgeous, lilies are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component is not known yet, it is sure that with even very small ingestions of the plant could result in severe kidney damage.

2. Tulip/Narcissus bulbs

The bulb portions of tulips contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite and even convulsions.

3. Azalea/Rhododendron

Azalea and Rhododendron plants contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe poisoning could ultimately lead to a coma and even death due to cardiovascular collapse.

4. Oleander

All parts of the plant are considered to toxic because they contain cardiac glycosides with potential to cause serious effects, including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.

5. Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Los Peace Lily)

As if the “lily” in its name didn’t give it away, this plant contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation and other ailments to cats who ingest them.

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