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Can cats eat outdoor plants?

It depends. Many common outdoor plants contain toxins that are dangerous for pets.

Depending on the type of toxic plant consumed, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Our recommendation? Whenever possible, opt for pet-approved outdoor plants, bushes, and scrubs.

Common Symptoms: Vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, apathy, respiratory distress, diarrhea, drooling, lack of appetite, change in urine color, and increased thirst.

Poisonous Outdoor Plants: aloe vera, arrowhead vine, autumn crocus, azalea, boxwood, buckeye, cyclamen roots, daffodils, dracaena, foxglove, hyacinths, kalanchoe, nandina, oleander (leaves and flowers), peace lily, peony, periwinkle, philodendron, rhododendron, sago palm (leaves), taro, lily of the valley, tulips,

Pet-Approved Outdoor Plants: bamboo palm, banana plant, basil, Boston fern, camellia, coral bells, creeping thyme, crepe myrtle, dill, fennel, figleaf palm, fuchsias, golden bells, hawthorn, magnolia bush, marigolds, nasturtium, Oregon grape, pineapple sage plant, polka dog plant, purple basil plant, sunflowers, rosemary, snapdragons, tropical hibiscus

For a complete list, visit the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants)

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant, or notice the below common symptoms, call your vet or animal poison control at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
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Pet Poison Control Hotline
A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances

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Pet Poison Control Hotline
A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances