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Five Common Houseplants That Are Toxic to Cats

Cat sitting by a houseplant. Image credit: Anete Lusina.

May 2023


Having houseplants not only adds a beautiful touch to your home decor, but it also helps purify the air, making it healthier for you. However, if you have a cat, it’s important to be aware that there are certain common houseplants that can be toxic to them. We want to ensure the safety and well-being of your feline friend, so it’s essential to be cautious.

While these popular plants may not necessarily be lethal to your cat, they can cause discomfort such as skin irritation, lethargy, and vomiting. Therefore, it’s crucial to avoid keeping the following five plants or at least make sure they are inaccessible to them:

Fiddle Leaf Fig:

These trendy plants are attractive and require low maintenance. However, if ingested by your cat, they can lead to vomiting and intestinal irritation.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera is often grown by people who prefer natural remedies, utilizing the gel inside its leaves for healing burns and sunburns. Unfortunately, the same leaves that have healing properties for us can cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats.


Every part of the lily plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves, and pollen, is toxic to cats. Ingesting any part of a lily can result in vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and even kidney failure. This also includes the water in which cut lilies are placed.


Many individuals enjoy keeping eucalyptus for its refreshing minty fragrance. However, the leaves contain tiny crystals that can irritate your cat’s mouth and potentially cause swelling of their airways.


Although more commonly seen during the holidays, it’s important to note that the leaves and branches of a poinsettia can make your cat ill if consumed. Additionally, please remember that cats should also avoid eating pine needles, natural ivy garland, and holly.

Erie Station Village is pet friendly and we want your cat to be safe and healthy. Please be mindful of these plants and take necessary precautions to protect your furry friend. And if you’re considering getting a cat or dog, please contact our leasing office for more information on our pet policy.