Protecting your Cat from Poisonous Plants

The Importance of Keeping Poisonous Plants Away From Cats

Cats like to chew on plants, but not all plants are safe for cats to chew on. Some seasonal plants like lilies should be kept out of their reach or not brought home in order to avoid a trip to the veterinarian in Vero Beach, FL. At Southside Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help you and your cat after they have ingested a poisonous plant or to help them stay healthy. Here is a look at plants that are poisonous to cats and why.

A Look at Plants That are Poisonous to Cats

Here is a look at some poisonous plants that you want to avoid bringing home or place out of reach if you already own them. 


Lilies of all types are highly toxic. Just a little bit can cause serious kidney damage in cats. The lily family includes the Easter lily, tiger lilies and more. The entire plant is toxic.

Sago Palm

All the Sago palm is toxic to cats, but the toxin is most concentrated in the seeds. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. 

Tulips and Narcissus

The bulb of the tulip and narcissus are poisonous to cats and can affect the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system and heart.

What to Do When Your Cat Eats a Poisonous Plant

If you suspect or know that your cat has ingested part of a poisonous plant, you should contact your veterinarian immediately for urgent care. Time is of the essence with poisoning. The sooner you get your cat to the vet clinic, the higher the odds your pet will be OK and not suffer long-term effects. 

Call Us at Our Clinic in Vero Beach, FL, for an Appointment With Our Veterinarian

We at Southside Veterinary Hospital are a full-service veterinary clinic with a staff that is ready to help in times of need. Our clinic is here for you in times of emergency and for regular appointments. Contact us today for more information. 

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