Cats are curious creatures, and will often bite or nibble at plants for further exploration. Unfortunately for cat-loving houseplant owners, a wide variety of plants can be toxic to cats. It can be tempting to purchase that new plant with cool leaves when scrolling through social feeds, but there are tons of plants that show up on influencer posts that could be a health hazard to your cat. Here are eight wildly popular houseplants that are actually deadly to cats.
With oversized leaves, the Alocasia plant—otherwise known as an “Elephant Ear” plant—offers a striking presence in any space. Unfortunately, the presence of insoluble calcium oxalates makes this popular houseplant deadly to cats. Consumption in cats can result in excessive drooling, swelling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
Frequently used in homes as both an attractive houseplant and for medicinal purposes, aloe plants are great for humans, but not so great for cats. Aloe plant consumption in cats can result in lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.
A wildly popular houseplant that offers jungle-like vibes, the Monstera is a plant influencer staple. The insoluble calcium oxalates in the plant’s leaves can result in intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
Thin shiny leaves and variations in green hues make the Dracaena a happy addition to a plant collection. Unfortunately for felines, this plant is not so friendly. Consumption of this plant often results in vomiting, depression, anorexia, hypersalivation and dilated pupils in cats.
5. Snake Plant
Snake plants are an incredibly low-maintenance houseplant that don’t require much work or attention. Cats who consume this plant will likely have a reaction to the saponins in the plant. As a result, they will likely experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
6. Peace Lily
Often touted as a low maintenance plant, the peace lily offers a bright presence to spaces. White flowers and vibrantly green leaves are its hallmark features. Though the flowers and leaves may look tasty to cats, oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing may result if consumed.
Climbing vines and heart-shaped leaves allow pothos plants to create a more jungle-like appearance in your space. If consumed, your cat may experience oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.
Friendly star-shaped leaves help the schefflera plant fill out vibrant green interiorscapes. The leaves of the schefflera plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, and may cause oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty in swallowing.
It is possible for cat owners to successfully have these popular plants in their homes. However, those with more curious kitties may want to consider houseplant alternatives to ensure the health and safety of their pets.
Listed plants were sourced from the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants list. Please note that plant consumption of any kind may cause vomiting or an upset stomach for your pet. Verify scientific names to ensure indoor plants are safe before purchasing or putting any items in your home.