Are Peace Lilies Toxic to Cats? Avoid these highly poisonous plants!
Are peace lilies toxic to cats? This is a question that many cat owners have. The answer is that they are highly toxic due to the pollen in the flowers. Let’s look at why lilies are so dangerous for animals, particularly cats.
When it comes to keeping a home clean and fresh, plants can be a big help. Not only do they add some natural decoration, but many plants also act as air purifiers. However, some plants can be harmful or even toxic to cats. Peace lilies are an example of a highly poisonous plant that should be avoided.
A few years ago, I briefly volunteered at the Cats Protection League in one of their shelters. I remember seeing a poster that warned pet owners of the danger of lilies, so I have decided to research why peace lilies are toxic.
Are peace lilies toxic to cats?
As a homeowner, you probably want to bring a little bit of nature into your home, but you may be worried about your cat. Some houseplants can be toxic to cats, and one of the most common is the peace lily. This plant is part of the Araceae botanical family which also includes other toxic plants such as pothos and philodendrons.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are toxic to cats. These plants contain a toxic compound known as Insoluble calcium oxalates, present in many tropical plants.
Your cat will suffer a reaction if he eats any part of the plant, including the leaves, stems, or flowers. If you have ever looked into purchasing a peace lily, then you have probably heard that they are toxic to cats. Although this knowledge may keep some cat owners from buying the plant, it doesn’t stop others because they feel safe with their feline friend’s ability to avoid nibbling on plants. What makes peace lilies particularly toxic is that their flowers drop pollen which can fall onto a cat’s fur. As cats groom themselves so often, they are likely to accidentally consume the pollen, which can prove to be fatal. Even if you have a cat that never nibbles house plants, he may be affected by pollen by brushing against the plant.
What happens if a cat eats part of a peace lily?
Cats can become seriously ill from peace lily toxicity. Symptoms include oral irritation, including intense burning or irritation of the tongue, lips, and inside the mouth. This may lead to excessive drooling and difficulty swallowing. Your cat may also vomit after eating a piece of a toxic plant.
It’s also worth noting that peace lilies are toxic to humans, dogs, horses, and small pets. Dogs will likely have similar symptoms to cats after ingesting the plant. It’s best to keep these plants out of the reach of young children and pets.
If your cat has become unwell from eating a piece of a peace lily or another toxic plant, contact your vet as soon as possible. Immediate treatment will help to save your cat’s life.
Are peace lilies toxic to cats?: Final thoughts
Although you may be tempted to get a peace lily if you have a cat, it’s best to avoid these toxic plants. It only takes a tiny amount of pollen for something bad to happen to your cat.
If your cat does eat any part of the plant, call the vet immediately. If you are worried that your cat might want to eat part of a peace lily, it’s best to consider getting an artificial one or choosing another type of houseplant.
Check out the ASPCA website for a full list of plants that are toxic to cats.