Poison! Stay Back!

Every time my mother-in-law comes over, she brings gifts. It’s not generally anything big – a pack of gum for my oldest son, homemade tortillas, change for the kids’ to jingle into their piggy banks – but she likes to bring something special when she comes.

A year or so before my husband and I got married, she brought me a lovely white potted Easter lily. I was thrilled by the wonderful-smelling white flowers, and proudly set the pot by the sink in my kitchen where I could see it often.

However, a few hours later as I was doing dishes, I noticed that a few of the petals looked beat up and one of the leaves had a rip in it. I shrugged it off, turning my attention to other things.

It was then that I discovered cat vomit on the carpet…and in the midst I could see lily petals. Apparently, my cat Felix (who is notorious for being generally naughty!) was the cause of the beat up petals and ripped leaf. I was annoyed! That little scoundrel had ruined my beautiful plant.

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Felix the Cat (a.k.a. Mr. Mischief)

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Even in the midst of my annoyance, I turned to the Internet to see if he would experience any ill effects from his snack, and what I found turned my stomach. As it turns out, Easter lilies are highly toxic when eaten by cats; even ingesting a small portion (including drinking water from the vase) can cause acute kidney failure. Needless to say, I was extremely worried (and quickly forgave him), and spent the evening watching him like a hawk. Luckily, Felix experienced no ill effects of his Easter lily snack. However, since then, I have been much more cautious about the plants I bring into my home.

Have you ever wondered about the effects your houseplants might have if a beloved cat or dog decided to munch on one as a snack? If you haven’t considered this before, it’s important that you are aware of the effects your plants could have if they were ingested by your pets. Below you can see a list of 10 common poisonous houseplants that are poisonous to cats and dogs.

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Recently, my best friend was asking me if I knew about plants that could be added into her home that were cat-friendly, as she has kitties who like to gnaw on things. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is a wonderful resource for that information, as they have a complete list of plants that poisonous to pets, as well as plants that are safe to have around cats and dogs.

ASPCA Dog Plant List

ASPCA Cat Plant List

If you have never considered the toxicity of the plants you currently have in your home, take a minute to look them up and be sure that you are keeping your furry friends safe!

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What “pet children” do you have in your home that you’d like to protect? Tell me about them in the comments below!

– the {house}plant momma

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