Plants, Poisons & Other Dangers To Your Cat

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There are many products, plants and common household objects that can pose a danger to your cats. PandEcats.com has compiled three extensive lists of dangers that you must be aware of in order to safeguard your cat. Please take the time to review all three lists.

A cat will swallow a wide variety of objects that cannot pass through its digestive tract - a condition that often may require surgery to correct. Cats have barbs on their tongues and the roofs of their mouths that all point backwards. If a piece of string or tinsel gets in their mouths while playing, it's very difficult for them to spit it out. Long pieces of string, yarn, tinsel or rubber bands can end up tied tightly around tongues or may end up wrapped in a ball and blocking the intestines. Cats and especially kittens can become too inquisitive or playful, and become entangled in hanging things such as curtain cords or can become inadvertently locked in a clothes dryer if you leave the door open when not in use. In the same way that you childproof your home, so must you cat-proof for the safety of your feline friend.

  • Put childproof latches on cupboards containing cleaning supplies, insecticides, and sewing utensils.
  • Cover holes, gaps or crevices in walls, in-between or beneath kitchen cupboards, cabinets and closets.
  • Also, make sure heating ducts and vents inaccessible.
  • Make sure self-closing closets and cupboards don't contain a kitten!
  • Make sure doors or windows can't slam shut in a draft.
  • Before closing doors (garage to house, basement, closets, etc.) know where your kitten is.

Objects Your Cat May Find Dangerous

Cellophane
Christmas Tinsel
Christmas Tree Sap

Chocolate
Clothes Dryers
Coins
Curtain Pull Cords

Dental Floss

Elastic Bands
Electric Fans
Electrical Outlets

Garbage Bag Contents

Heavy Objects that can be knocked off Counters

Pull tabs from pop cans

Reclining Chairs

Saran Wrap
Sofa Beds
Spider Bites
String (ingesting)
String (entangled in)

Tin Foil

Venetian Blinds

 



Plants Poisonous to Your Cat

Listed below are some of the plants that can be harmful to your cats. Special care must be taken that your cat does not have the opportunity to chew on any of the plants on this list.

Note that many of the common holiday plants are a danger to your cat: Poinsettia, Mistletoe, Evergreens, Chrysanthemums and Easter Lilies to name just a few.

If you suspect your cat has been poisoned by a plant or chemical, consult a veterinarian or poison center immediately. Be sure to take a leaf of the plant or the product container with you to the vet for identification.

The Cornell Poisonous Plants Home Page shows you what these plants look like and explains the chemical toxins that each plant contains.

      Alfalfa
      Almond Pits
      Aloe Vera
      Alocasia
      Amaryllis
      Andromeda
      Apple seeds
      Apple Leaf Croton
      Apricot Pits
      Arrowgrass
      Asparagus Fern
      Autumn Crocus
      Avocado (fuit and pit)
      Azalea


      Baby's Breath
      Baneberry
      Bayonet
      Beargrass
      Beech
      Belladonna
      Bird of Paradise
      Bittersweet
      Black-eyed Susan
      Black Locust
      Bleeding Heart
      Bloodroot
      Bluebonnet
      Box
      Boxwood
      Branching Ivy
      Broccoli
      Buckeyes
      Buddist Pine
      Burning Bush
      Buttercup

      Cabbage
      Cactus
      , Candelabra
      Caladium
      Calla Lily
      Castor Bean
      Celedine
      Ceriman
      Charming Dieffenbachia
      Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves)
      Cherry, most wild varieties
      Cherry, ground
      Cherry, Laurel
      Chinaberry
      Chinese Evergreen
      Chokecherry
      Christmas Rose
      Chrysanthemum
      Cineria
      Clematis
      Climing Lily
      Cordatum
      Coriaria
      Cornflower
      Corn Cockle
      Corn Plant
      Cornstalk Plant
      Croton
      Corydalis
      Crocus, Autumn
      Crown of Thorns
      Croen Vetch
      Cuban Laurel
      Cutleaf Philodendron
      Cycads
      Cyclamen

       

      Daffodil
      Daphne
      Datura
      Deadly Nightshade
      Death Camas
      Devil's Ivy
      Delphinium
      Decentrea
      Dieffenbachia
      Dogbane
      Dracaena Palm
      Dragon Tree
      Dumb Cane
      Dutchman's Breeches

       

      Easter Lily
      Eggplant
      Elaine
      Elderberry
      Elephant Ear
      Emerald Feather English Ivy
      Ergot
      Eucalyptus
      Euonymus
      Evergreen

      Ferns
      Fiddle-leaf fig
      Fiddleneck
      Florida Beauty
      Flax
      Four O'Clock
      Foxglove
      Fruit Salad Plant

      Geranium
      German Ivy
      Giant Dumb Cane
      Glacier Ivy
      Golden Chain
      Gold Dieffenbachia
      Gold Dust Dracaena
      Golden Glow
      Golden Pothos
      Gopher Purge

      Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
      Heartland Philodendron
      Hellebore
      Hemlock, Poison
      Hemlock, Water
      Henbane
      Holly
      Honeysuckle
      Horsebeans
      Horsebrush
      Horse Chestnuts
      Hurricane Plant
      Hyacinth
      Hydrangea

      Indian Rubber Plant
      Indian Tobacco
      Iris
      Iris Ivy

      Jack in the Pulpit
      Janet Craig Dracaena
      Japanese Show Lily
      Java Beans
      Jessamine
      Jerusalem Cherry
      Jimson Weed
      Jonquil
      Jungle Trumpets

      Kalanchoe

      Lacy Tree Philodendron
      Lamb's Quarters
      Lantana
      Larkspur
      Laurel
      Lily
      Lily Spider
      Lily of the Valley
      Locoweed
      Lupine

      Madagascar Dragon Tree
      Marble Queen
      Marigold
      Marijuana
      Mescal Bean
      Mexican Breadfruit
      Milkweed
      Miniature Croton
      Mistletoe
      Mock Orange
      Monkey Agaric
      Monkshood
      Moonseed
      Morning Glory
      Mother-in Law's Tongue
      Morning Glory
      Mountain Laurel
      Mushrooms
      Mustard

       

      Narcissus
      Needlepoint Ivy
      Nephytis
      Nightshade

      Oleander
      Onion
      Oriental Lily

       

      Peace Lily
      Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
      Pencil Cactus
      Peony
      Periwinkle
      Philodendron
      Pigweed
      Pimpernel
      Plumosa Fern
      Poinciana
      Poinsettia (low toxicity)
      Poison Hemlock
      Poison Ivy
      Poison Oak
      Pokeweed
      Poppy
      Potato
      Pothos
      Precatory Bean
      Primrose
      Privet, Common

      Red Emerald
      Red Princess
      Red-Margined Dracaena
      Rhododendron
      Rhubarb
      Ribbon Plant
      Rosemary Pea
      Rubber Plant

      Saddle Leaf Philodendron
      Sago Palm
      Satin Pothos
      Schefflera
      Scotch Broom
      Silver Pothos
      Skunk Cabbage
      Snowdrops

      Snow on the Mountain
      Spotted Dumb Cane
      Squirrel Corn
      Staggerweed
      Star of Bethlehem
      String of Pearls
      Striped Dracaena
      Sweetheart Ivy
      Sweetpea
      Swiss Cheese plant

      Tansy Mustard
      Taro Vine
      Tiger Lily
      Tobacco
      Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
      Tree Philodendron
      Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
      Tulip
      Turnip

      Tung Tree

      Virginia Creeper

      Water Hemlock
      Weeping Fig
      Wild Call
      Wisteria

      Yellow Star Thistle
      Japanese Yew
      English Yew
      Western Yew
      American Yew



Common Household Products Harmful to Your Cat

Listed below are some of the common household products that can be harmful to your cats. Cats are often very susceptible to poisoning because they lick themselves when they come into contact with products and so are more likely to ingest substances than a dog. If your cat eats any of these products, take him immediately to your veterinarian. Bring the container of the product with you. Also check out the National Animal Poison Control Center

Acetaminophen
Ant Bait
Antifreeze
Aspirin

Bleach
Boric Acid
Brake Fluid

Chocolate
Cleaning Products

Deodorizers
Deodorants
Detergents
Disinfecting Compounds


Fabric Dye
Floor Cleaners
Furniture Polish
Fungicide

Gasoline

Insecticide

Laxatives

Metal Polish
Mineral Spirits
Moth Balls
Motor Oil

Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover

 

Photographic Developer
Pinesol (anything containing "phenol")
Peptobismol

Rodent Bait
Rubbing Alcohol

Shoe Polish
Snail & Slug Bait
Suntan Lotion
Tar
Tylenol

Weed Killer
Windshield Washer Fluid Wood Preservatives

NOTE: The lists contained on this web page are by no means all-conclusive. Check with you veterinarian for more information about plants and substances that are harmful to cats. We hope you and your cat never have a problem :-)

*these lists were compliled by L. D. Hawke, H. Spear, and E. Knight,
who would like to thank all the contributers to many lists
on the many websites from which these lists were gathered

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