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9 Dangerous Plants your Cat must avoid while camping

It’s awful to think any form of greenery can harm your cat, but there are quite a few plants that can seriously hurt your furry friend. These are very different to helpful natural cat sedatives. In the guide below, we’ll be going over the top nine most dangerous plants that you and your cat should avoid at all times when camping.

1. Lilies

Although they may smell great, lilies can be dangerous to your cat. Lilies are members of the Lilium family and considered toxic to your cat, even in small doses. In fact, other types of lily plants, such as Asian, Easter, Casa Blanca, and Tiger can all cause kidney failure in cats but are not toxic to dogs.

2. Yew

Leaves and bark of the yew tree can be seriously dangerous to your cat. Although this evergreen is commonly used in cancer treatments, it can be dangerous for animals to consume. Cats can experience lack of coordination, breathing problems, central nervous system problems, cardiac failure, gastrointestinal irritation, and even death if exposed to yew.

3. Ivy

Ivy is a dangerous plant for both dogs and cats. Ivy’s such as branching ivy, needlepoint ivy, and English ivy, among others, can cause your pet to vomit and have diarrhea, abdominal pain, and hypersalivation. So, if you see your pet trying to approach an ivy plan, it’s best to try to get them out of the area as quickly as possible.

4. Chrysanthemum

Even though chrysanthemum has a bad smell, your pets may still be attracted to the plant. If exposed or consumed, it won’t necessarily cause death to your pet, but it will leave them in discomfort. In most cases, pets have been noted to suffer from loss of coordination, depression, vomiting, hypersalivation, and dermatitis after eating the plant.

5. Sago Palm

Sago palm plants grow in temperate regions and are commonly used in landscaping. Although your cat may love the taste of them, they’re incredibly poisonous to pets, especially their seeds. Some side effects of consuming the plant include bruising, liver damage, liver failure, vomiting, melena, extreme thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and even death.

6. Morning Glory

Morning Glory can cause hallucinations in your pets. Although this may seem normal for your cat, especially on catnip, it’s much less pleasant once your dog starts tripping. Consumption of morning glory by your pets can lead to tremors, upset stomach, anorexia, hallucinations, and agitation.

7. Castor Bean

Castor bean plant is commonly used in landscaping and is popularly found in public areas and parks. If you let your cat out of the house, make sure you don’t live in an area where there’s a lot of this plant growing. If your cat does consume castor bean, it can experience drooling, diarrhoea, extreme thirst, weakness, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. In some cases, severe poisoning from the plant can lead to seizures, tremors, dehydration, coma, and death.

8. Tomato Plant

Although tomatoes may taste great to you, they’re less healthy for your cat or dog. Now, it’s not necessarily lethal for your pet to consume, but it will give them discomfort. Other symptoms of your pet consuming tomato plant include upset stomach, diarrhea, drowsiness, depression, dilated pupils, slower heart rate, behavioral change, confusion, and weakness.

9. Poinsettia

Poinsettia is toxic to your pets, especially your cats. If consumed, your cat can experience mild vomiting and irritation to its stomach and mouth. Although it’s not as fatal as some pet owners may claim, it’s best to steer clear of this plant.

Symptoms to Look Out For

In most cases, plants are irritants to your pets, which will usually lead to inflammation, such as red or itchy skin. However, if a plant is toxic to a certain organ in your pet, the symptoms usually relate to that organ, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing: airways are affected
  • Vomiting: intestines and stomach are affected
  • Diarrhoea: colon and intestines are affected
  • Irregular heartbeat: heart is affected
  • Excessive urinating or drinking: kidneys are affected

Here is a YouTube video that clearly explains all the symptoms of plant poisoning in cats:

If Your Pet Needs Immediate Care

If you notice your cat trying to eat a plant that may or may not be poisonous, it’s best to take your pet straight to the veterinarian. First, however, make sure you remove any plant from their mouth, hair, and skin. If you think it’s necessary, you should also bathe your cat in warm water and non-irritating soap. One of the most important things to do before reaching your veterinarian is to identify the plant for proper treatment. If you are unsure what kind of plant it is, bring it with you. Although your veterinarian probably isn’t a plant expert, they can do everything they can to identify the plant that’s affecting your cat.


Your pet can get the best diagnosis once the plant that’s affected them is identified. To do so, your veterinarian will most likely give your cat a physical exam and other tests to determine an effective treatment method. These tests are also helpful to determine whether the plant will target other organs in your pet as well.


After the veterinarian gets your cat to vomit up the plant, they will also give your pet activated charcoal to absorb any other toxins in the gut. In some cases, your veterinarian will also administer sucralfate, which will help protect your pet’s stomach.

 Camping may seem safe enough to bring your pets along, even your cat, for instance. However, there are dozens of dangerous plants out there that can harm or even kill your pet. And remember, your cat has a tendency to follow you (click here to see why cats follow you around like crazy).

It’s important to know what plants you may before coming into contact with on your camping trip before leaving and take necessary precautions from needing to get your pet’s stomach pumped. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can learn a little more about the potential plants can do to harm your pet, along with the symptoms you should be on the lookout for. Remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary with your pet, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your local veterinarian.

Lindsey Browlingdon

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