Three plants that are highly toxic for cats

Text read by Mary Peters

A kitten is moving in with you soon, and you’re wondering what else to consider before it arrives? Don’t forget your indoor plants! Some of them are actually quite poisonous for our pets.

No kitchen should be without chives. After all, the kitchen herb refines all kinds of delicious dishes. As healthy as chives are, eating them can be fatal for your cat. If your cat mistakes the chives for cat grass and eats them, the leek destroys the haemoglobin in the blood. Poisoning usually manifests itself in the form of diarrhoea, vomiting, and increased heart rate as well as muscle tremors and seizures. The plant is poisonous even in small quantities.

Do you love cut flowers? Your cat probably does too. After all, the flowers smell so nice and usually look interesting too. Unfortunately, what cats and humans don’t know is that cut flowers are poisonous to cats. Tulips, daffodils, or lilies are particularly poisonous. Caution is also advised with lilacs, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias. Roses and sunflowers, on the other hand, are not poisonous.

With its long leaves, aloe vera is a real eye-catcher in the home. And not only that. The plant can also be processed into cosmetics. As useful as the plant is for us, it is also extremely poisonous for cats. The aloin contained in the leaves can lead to severe poisoning. Only the pure aloe vera gel is safe for cats.