Home hazards: poisons

Your cat’s new world is full of substances that could potentially be dangerous to them.  This includes not only the more obvious poisonous substances like bleach or washing powders, but also less obvious things like pot plants - some of which can make cats very ill, or worse, if chewed on. 

Ensure all cleaning products are put safely away in a firmly closed cupboard.  This includes soaps and cleaning sprays, bleaches and disinfectants, insect repellants and poisons such as ant bait, and any medications you may have.

Some common plants which are poisonous include:-

  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Buckeye
  • Castor Bean
  • Clematis
  • Corn Plant
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Daphne
  • Dumb Cane
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Precatory Bean
  • Rhododendron
  • Rubber Plant
  • Weeping Fig
  • Yews

Until you are sure whether or not your pot plants could be poisonous to your cat, either place them in hanging baskets beyond the reach of your cat, or relocate them outside.  Your vet will be able to advise you of which plants are dangerous to your cat.