dont feed me to your cat

A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

Plants That Are Hazardous to Pets

dont feed me to  your cat review

dont feed me to your cat review

This is a great book by Judy Feldstein on what plants are poisonous to pets.  Has tons of plants and how to care for each plant.  Also shows what toxicity level each plant is and the symptoms pets or kids will show if they eat the plant. 

Free e-book for kindle unlimited users on Amazon.  Over 100+ plants listed in the book.   The writer of the book put up a website houseplant411.  The cool part is they use the information from their book as a searchable database on their website.  You can search any plant to see if its poisonous. If you have any questions about how to identify or care for your plant you can go to askjudy@houseplant411.com and send her your plant pictures and questions. https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant

In case of Emergency:  This is a free service and can be reached from anywhere in the United States. POISON CENTER EMERGENCY NUMBER:  1-800-222-1222

Plants that are hazardous to pets

Plants that are hazardous to pets

Summary of Don't Feed Me to Your Cat!

AGAVE (Agave attenuata)

plants that are hazardous to pets - agave

plants that are hazardous to pets - agave

AGAVE (Agave attenuata): "Agave is a cactus succulent plant with multilayered rosettes of thick, fleshly leaves that end in sharp points."

Agave likes very bright light.  Does not like moist soil.  Make sure soil is completely dry between waterings.  Very drought tolerant plant and hard to kill.  Prefers temps between 50-90F.  Agave plants are toxicity level 2.  Not only is the sap extremely irritating but it contains a anticoagulant.  

Alocasia (Araceae)

alocasia araceae african mask plant

alocasia araceae african mask plant

Alocasia (Araceae):  "Alocasia plants, which are native to Asia, are also called Elephant Ear and African Mark Plants."

Alocasia requires very bright indirect light but does not like direct sun.  Does not like overwatering.  Ensure top soil is dry between waterings.  Likes temps between 60-80F.  Plant becomes dormant when exposed to temps below 60F.  Toxicity level 4 (Highest).  All parts of plant contain high levels of calcium oxalates and are extremely poisonous.  When pets eat this plant they paw at their faces in pain.  They will drool, foam at the mouth, have difficulties breathing and vomit.  

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

plants that are poisonous to pets - amaryllis hippeastrum

plants that are poisonous to pets - amaryllis hippeastrum

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum):  ​​​​"Amaryllis plants, native to the tropic of South America, are spectacular bulb plants that bloom from late December to June." 

Amaryllis plants need bright indirect light.  Water bulbs sparingly until the stem appears.  Then as the plant develops gradually increase the water amount.  Likes temps between 68-70F.  Once it blooms move to a colder location to make the bloom period last longer.    Amaryllis plants are toxicity level 3.  All parts contain alkaloids that can cause vomiting, low blood pressure and breathing problems.  

Anthurium (Araceae)

anthurium araceae

anthurium araceae

Anthurium (Araceae):  "Anthurium, A large genus of plants containing over seven hundred species, produces beatiful, long-lasting flowers throughout the year.  These plants are also called the Flamingo FLower and Boy Flower"

Likes bright indirect light but no direct sun.  Water well, and then allow the top two to three inches of soil to dry out before watering again.  Prefers temps between 75-85F during the day and 50F by night.  Below 50 degrees Fahrenheit slows the growth of both leaves and flowers.  Anthuriums are toxicity level 3.  All parts contain calcium oxalates.  If pets eat it they will drool and foam at the mouth, have a hard time breathing and vomiting.

Aralia (Polyscias fruticosa)

polyscias fruticosa ming 10

polyscias fruticosa ming 10

Aralia (Polyscias fruticosa): "Tired of Dracaenas and Palms?  Think about aralia plants for large corners.  

Aralia plants can survive in low light conditions but grow faster and product more leaves in medium to bright indirect light.   Does not like over watering.  Overwatering is the main reason these plants die.  Prefers temps between 60-85F.   Toxicity level 2.  All parts of aralia contain sanponins which cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomitting and diarrhea especially in dogs.   

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Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)

syngonium podophyllum arrowhead plant

syngonium podophyllum arrowhead plant

Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum):  "Arrowhead plants are close relatives of philodendrons.  Arrowhead plants are great for beginners"

Can live in low to medium light.  If plant gets too much sun the leaves will become bleached and turn greyish.  Water well and then allow top 50% of soil to dry out before watering again.  Offered in a variety of colors like green/white, light pink, white or burgundy.  Toxicity level 2.  All parts of the plant contain insoluble calcium oxalates.  Children who snap off a vine and pop it in their mouths may get swelling of their lips, tongues and airways.  

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus sprengeri)

asparagus fern asparagus sprengeri

asparagus fern asparagus sprengeri

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus sprengeri):  "It's hard to believe but asparagus ferns are really members of the lily family.   

Grows best in bright light from East, West or North facing window.  Allow top 50% of soil to dry between waterings.  Prefers temps between 50-75F.  Asparagus ferns are toxicity level 1 due to sapogenins in the plant.  

Azalea (Rhodedendron)

Azalea (Rhodedendron):  "Azaeleas are part of a group of plants that date back millions of years and rea related to rhodeodendrons and blueberries.  These plants have terminal flowers and blooms at one time."  

azalea-indoor-houseplant

azalea-indoor-houseplant

Requires bright indirect light while blooming.  Won't bloom in low light.  Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out between waterings.  Does not like the cold.  Azaleas thrive in 50-70F.  Toxicity level 4 and is extremely poisonous.  All parts contain grayanotoxin.  Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension and even death.  

Caladium (Araceae)

caladium araceae

caladium araceae

Caladium (Araceae):  "Caladiums, closely related to Alocasia plants, are grown for their large, paper thin, colorful, heart-shaped leaves that cats find irresistible."

Caladiums require bright indirect light but no direct sun.  Keep Caladium soil moist but never soggy.  Does not do well to over or under-watering. Prefers warm temps between 70-85F.  Toxicity level 3. All parts contain calcium oxalates.  Will result in painin the face for pets who eat it.  They will paw at their face due to pain, drool, foam at the mouth, have breathing difficulties and vomiting.  Children will show digestive problems, swelling of the lips, tongue and airways making breathing and swallowing difficult.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese-Evergreen---Aglaonema-Houseplant

Chinese-Evergreen---Aglaonema-Houseplant

Chinese Evergree (Aglaonema):  "A Chinese Evergreen plant is one of the easiest and best looking plants to have in your home or office."  

Can live in low light conditions but grow more quickly and fully in medium light.  Allow to 25% of soil to dry out between waterings.  Yellow leaves indicate over or under watering.  Temps below 50F will damage the leaves.  Toxicity level 2.  All parts contain calcium oxalates.  

Clivia (Clivia miniata)

clivia miniata

clivia miniata

Clivia (Clivia miniata):  "Clivia plants, relatives of the amaryllis, are easy care, flowering bulb plants with long, thick, dark green leaves.  The trumpet shaped flowers in orange, red, yellow, or cream."  

​Clivia needs bright indirect light.  Direct sun ruins the beautiful flowers.  Prefer to be on the dry side between 50-70F.  Toxicity level 3.  

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

croton codiaeum variegatum

croton codiaeum variegatum

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum):  "Crotons, originally outdoor plants, have become popular houseplant.  They have beautiful leaves in red, yellow, green orange and black"

Croton houseplants need bright light to maintain their colorful leaves.  Leaves become more green if there is insufficient light.  Allow top 35% of soil to dry out between waterings.  Prefer 60-80F warm temps.  Toxicity level 3.  All parts of the plant contain volatile oils, resins, and alkaloids.  




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