Common Plant Questions and Answers

Some cats like to nibble on houseplants. Find out what to do if your pet eats a poisonous plant.

Posted: Fri Jan 17 00:00:00 PST 2003

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- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's Household Plant Reference.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has a recently revised companion animal-oriented household and yard plant reference. This 67-page bound publication is indexed and includes sections for toxic, potentially toxic and nontoxic plants. It summarizes information from many literature and research resources, as well as the ASPCA APCC database. The Household Plant Reference is available for $15, including postage and handling. To obtain a copy send your name and address with a check for $15 to:
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
1717 South Philo Road, Suite #36
Urbana, IL 61802

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Jesse    Kensington, MD

1/15/2012 4:01:07 PM

Great article. it is bad enough that I worry about my cat eating plants in the yard or garder.Does anyone have any information on grocery store plants that wounld be toxic for cats. The reason I ask is that I had a cat theat would jump up on the table and eat some of my mashed potatoes if i did not keep a close eye on her. I worry that people food could be toxic/harmful to a cat.

Stacy    Lexington, NE

6/14/2011 9:05:13 AM

I have two indoor cats that love to eat our houseplants. The article you have is helpful, but I need additional help. I unfortunately have nurseries that aren’t educated with the poisonous plants. I already have the list of pet-safe plants from ASPCA. Is there some way to get pictures of these plants on-line? In my area, we have places like Wal-Mart and farm stores to purchase plants. Most of the time you can’t even find the name of the plant because the description is gone.

I even had one person tell me that the cat would only chew on it one time and figure out that is makes them sick. To a cat lover!! I am proud to say that I have not been back to that nursery.

ls    boston, MA

4/7/2011 3:02:14 PM

very informative and helpful!

Alicia    Phoenix, AZ

3/24/2010 6:33:25 AM

There are several spray-on anti-chewing products with a bitter taste that you can spray on houseplants to discourage cats from chewing. I would, of course, avoid any poisonous plants in the house.

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