By Veronika Broukal

Plants that are toxic to cats

Plants make our apartments and houses more comfortable and also make our furry roommates a joy. However, there are many houseplants that are poisonous to cats. In this article, we share four popular types you should avoid if you have a cat at home.


This beautiful flower belongs to the Rhododendron family and can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings. The many different species that exist today have their origin mainly in China and India.Grayanotoxin, diterpenes and acetylandromedol are the reason for their toxicity and are found in all parts of the plant. Already a nibble of the flowers can trigger symptoms. So azaleas aren't just for people,rather also highly toxic to most pets. Symptoms of poisoning include increased salivation, tremors, vomiting and apathy.


In addition to its beauty, this plant is known for its high standards. So not only its location, but also, for example, the prevailing humidity is important for the existence of this plant. The orchid fascinates many people, so there are even special shows and fairs in honor of this flower. Unfortunately, small amounts of it are toxic to cats. Especially the butterfly, the callus and vanilla orchid should be kept away from house tigers. Again, salivation, tremors and vomiting are signs of intoxication.


They belong to the lily family. Approximately 110 species and approximately 2000 hybrids exist. The lily is one of the oldest crops and can be found, for example, in many paintings from the Middle Ages. They come in a wide variety of sizes, the giant lily can even grow up to 3 meters high. Her claims are dependant of her origin and can vary greatly. It is rare for an outdoor cat to be poisoned by one of these plants. Bouquets are a more likely cause. All parts of it are highly toxic to cats and can cause death even at low quantities (less than one leaf). Even flower water and potting soil should kept out of their reach. The ingestion of components of the lily can lead to serious damage to the kidneys of house tigers. If there is any suspicion, the animal should be taken to a clinic immediately. There, in addition to other symptoms, an enlargement of this organ can often be found.


This genus is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. Almost all philodendron species are climbers and their leaves can take on a variety of shapes. It enjoys great popularity among plant lovers, for example, the climbing philodendron likes to live in bathrooms. Unfortunately, pungent substances and calcium oxalate can be very dangerous for cats. People should also be careful when dealing with this plant, as mere skin contact can cause irritation. When consumed, the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat swell. In cats it can increase salivation and diarrhea, and can also damage the kidneys.

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