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Start of Spring and National Poison Prevention Week

Welcome to the Spring Season! It’s also National Poison Prevention Week.

Photo from The Daily Mew

Prevent pet poisonings during National Poison Prevention Week by becoming aware of the everyday plants and human food that are harmful.

Houseplants can be very beneficial in our lives. They purify and renew our stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide we exhale – replacing them with life sustaining oxygen! Plants also add the needed finishing touches to any decor. Many of our most popular houseplants come from tropical climates where the highest percentage of poisonous plants reside.

Listed below are plants poisonous to cats and other pets, these plants should be avoided if you have pets.

Note: lilies(*), in particular, are dangerous to cats. While in some cases, just parts of a plant (bark, leaves, seeds, berries, roots, tubes, sprouts, green shells) might be poisonous, this list rules out the whole plant. If you must have any of them, keep them safely out of reach.

Please note: should your feline friend eat part of a poisonous plant, rush the cat to your veterinarian as soon as possible. These plants contain a wide variety of poisons and symptoms may vary from a mild stomach ache, skin rash, swelling of the mouth and throat to involvement of th heart, kidneys, or other organs. If you can, take the plant with you for ease of identification.

List of Poisonous Houseplants

Alfalfa Daffodil Honeysuckle Peace Lily Tree Philodendron
Almond (Pits of) Daphne Hyacinth Peach (pits and wilting leaves) Tropic Snow
Aloe Vera Devil’s Ivy Indian Rubber Plant Pencil Cactus Dieffenbachia
Apple (seeds) Dieffenbachia Iris Periwinkle Tulip
Apple Leaf Croton Dracaena Palm Iris Ivy Philodendron  Virginia Creeper
Apricot (Pits of) Japanese Lily* Plumosa Fern Water Hemlock
Asparagus Fern Easter Lily* Jessamine Pointsettia (low toxicity) Weeping Fig
Avocado (fruit & pit) Eggplant Jerusalem Cherry Poison Hemlock Yews —
Azalea Elderberry Jungle Trumpets Poisson Ivy e.g. Japanese Yew
Baby’s Breath Elephant Ear Lacy Tree Philodendron Poison Oak English Yew
Bayonet Emerald Feather Lantana Poppy Western Yew
Belladonna English Ivy Larkspur Potato American Yew
Bird of Paradise Eucalyptus Laurel Pothos
Bittersweet Evergreen Lily Primrose
Black-eyes Susan Lily Spider Privet, Common
Bleeding Heart Ferns Lily of the Valley Rhododendron
Bluebonnet Fiddle-leaf fig Madagascar Dragon Tree Rhubarb
Branching Ivy Florida Beauty Marigold Rosemary Pea
Buckeyes Flax Marijuana Rubber Plant
Buttercup Fruit Salad Plant Mistletoe Saddle Leaf
Cactus, Candelabra Ficus Morning Glory Philodendron
Calla Lilly Golden Chain Mountain Laurel Sago Palm
Charming Geranium Mushrooms Satin Pothos
Dieffenbachia German Ivy Narcissus Schefflers
Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves) Glacier Ivy Needlepoint Ivy Silver Pothos
Cherry, (most wild varieties) Gold Dieffenbachia Nightshade Skunk Cabbage
Cherry, ground Golden Pothos Oleander String of Pearls
Cherry Laurel Hahn’s Self-Branching Ivy Onion Sweetheart Ivy
Chinese Evergreen Heartland Philodendron Sweetpea
Cornflower Hemlock, Poison Swiss Cheese Plant
Corn Plant Hemlock Water Tiger Lily*
Cornstalk Plant Holly
Cutleaf Philodendron