27 poisonous plants that harm cats and dogs

27 poisonous plants that harm cats and dogs

Not all plants are safe to put in our homes, so it pays to do some research before making any purchase.

Stana’s toxic and harmful plants horticulturist, Mark Lane, warned that some plants can cause an irregular heartbeat, vomiting, severe burning and even death.

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If you have a pet cat or dog, Mark, who is also a presenter on BBC Gardeners World, says there are 27 plants you should be aware of because they can cause harm to our four-legged friends.

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Mark of Setnah says that the following plants are toxic and harmful to cats and dogs:

Sago Palm contains cycadin and can cause liver damage.

Alocasia contains insoluble calcium oxalate, which causes drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

Aloe vera contains saponins, and only when ingested does it cause diarrhea, lack of appetite, and vomiting.

Arrowhead plant contains insoluble calcium oxalate and causes lack of appetite, chills and vomiting.

Calla lily contains insoluble calcium oxalate and non-specific toxic alkaloids which cause mouth pain, drooling and lack of appetite.

Strelitzia (bird of paradise) contains hydrogen cyanide, which causes mild nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and difficulty breathing.

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ZZ contains insoluble calcium oxalate and causes severe burning and irritation in the mouth, lips and tongue and excessive drooling.

Dieffenbachia contains insoluble calcium oxalate and proteolytic enzymes that cause severe heartburn, excessive drooling, and difficulty swallowing.

Kaffir lily contains lycorine and other alkaloids that cause convulsions and irregular heartbeat.

Dracaena perfume, which contains saponins, causes vomiting, depression, and drooling.

Cyclamen contains saponin, which causes vomiting, depression, and drooling.

Desert Rose (Adenium) contains digoxin and causes irregular heartbeat and death.

Golden Pothos contains insoluble calcium oxalate and causes drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.


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Kalanchoe contains bufadienolides and causes vomiting and irregular heartbeat.

Camphor contains eucalyptus oil and causes drooling, diarrhea and weakness.

Gloriosa (Flame Lily) contains alkaloids that are related to colchicine and cause drooling, kidney failure, bone marrow suppression, paralysis, and death.

Ficus Banjamina contains proteolytic enzyme (ficin) and psoralen (ficusin) and causes skin inflammation as well as mouth irritation.

Anthurium contains insoluble calcium oxalate and causes drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.

What plants are particularly harmful and toxic to cats?

There are many plants that are particularly toxic to cats, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, and foxgloves.

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Two particularly harmful species are tulips and chrysanthemums.

All parts of the nightshade including the stamen, pollen, whorl, bulb and water in the vase are extremely toxic to cats. They contain cardiac glycosides and calcium oxalate that cause vomiting, weakness, high or low heartbeat, increased urination, and digestive problems.

If your cat eats tulips, they are toxic because they contain pyrethrin, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite.

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