Does your cat have an indiscriminate passion for plants and flowers?

You must know that there are plants harmful to cats!

In this article, we will give you practical tips to satisfy the appetites of your feline friend in complete safety for his health.

In nature, the cat loves to regulate its digestive system by chewing some particular species of plants.

Don’t be surprised if you notice your cat wandering among the planters! Smelling and chewing them are the prerogatives of a curious and healthy animal that satisfies its instincts. Your cat is most cases can distinguish harmful species but sometimes, the interest in everything that is green can have unpleasant consequences. Specifically, most of the drawbacks are due to the chewing of indigestible vegetables.

A useful tip would be to choose non-poisonous houseplants for the cat.

The preferred species of felines is definitely Nepeta Cataria or more simply known as catnip. This plant belongs to the mint family and is particularly sought after for its regulatory effects. Not just about mood! Thanks to the presence of Nepatalactone it seems to be able to promote and stimulate digestion by allowing it to expel the swallowed hair during the usual “cleaning” operations.

For these reasons it might be useful to buy the seeds and dedicate a pot on the windowsill to the cultivation of this beneficial plant; with a constant supply of grass, maybe he will leave your beloved planters alone!

We also advise you to choose a low and wide pot to facilitate the movements of your friend and encourage him to chew in a comfortable position. Don’t be surprised if the cat tries to crouch or lie down in the pot! On the other hand, those who would not want to experience the sensation of lying in a small meadow.

But now let’s see which are the toxic domestic plants for the cat.


Green, fresh, and fleshy. Your plants look really irresistible to the cat. Without wanting to, however, we expose it to serious health risks when they are nibbled and swallowed. As we have often said, the cat is well aware of the plant species to feed on, but we cannot rule out that its instincts may ill-recommend it. Here are all the species to avoid if you have a cat at home:

  • Garlic, holly, azalea, and boxwood: they can cause gastrointestinal disturbances;
  • Caladio, ivy and ficus: cause irritation to the mouth;
  • Castor, iris and wisteria: they can lead to nervous depression;
  • Lilies and tulips: they are toxic and create heart failure;
  • Aloe: can cause diarrhea;
  • Cyclamen: the whole plant is toxic not only to flowers;
  • Lilium: causes poisoning ;
  • narcissus: causes irritation and in severe cases vomiting and diarrhea;


The main symptoms of poisoning in cats are generally:

  • He retched;
  • diarrhea;
  • excessive salivation;
  • white foam from the mouth;
  • convulsions;
  • tremors;
  • refusal for food;
  • the cat urinates and drinks often;
  • dilated pupils;
  • hypothermia;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • continuous cough;

Even the simple chewing of the species listed above can lead to spreading ulcers on the tongue and mouth.

In the unfortunate hypothesis that your cat exhibits symptoms of intoxication, do not lose your temper and immediately contact a veterinarian. Know that it is not only plants that create problems! There are some bedding with chemical additives and perfumes that are irritating to the cat. In addition, dusty bedding can cause respiratory problems in the animal.

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