7 plants that are toxic to cats (Pt. 2)

Hello to all cat owners! We saw your interest in the article “7 plants that are toxic to cats”, so we've decided to expand the list of poisonous plants for cats. Here's part two and 7 more plants to avoid (or at least keep out of reach) in homes with cats.


The Ficus plant has many different species and most of them are very decorative and very easy to care for. This makes this genus a popular indoor plant. 
While the fruits of certain species may be safe to consume, few people know that the sap of this genus is poisonous to cats (and not only). The leaves of all varieties contain poisonous, milky sap that is dangerous when it comes into contact with the skin. And ingestion of poisonous leaves causes digestive and other health problems. 


Schefflera genus is a tropical plant. Like many other plants from the tropics it is poisonous. Schefflera contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause various skin and digestive system side effects.


Monstera deliciosa is a beautiful plant that brings a gorgeous tropical look to the room. However, it is poisonous. By the way, humans are very resistant to the levels of oxalate in the plant. However, in animals, if swallowed, it causes salivation, burning in the mouth and a swollen tongue in some cases.

Alocasia, Colocasia

We have decided to group the Alocasia and Colocasia genera together, as they are highly similar in many aspects, including their toxicity. Both genera contain insoluble calcium oxalates, which can result in various adverse effects on the skin and digestive system.

Sago palm

Sago palms are very beautiful tropical plants that all cat owners should stay away from. This plant is extremely poisonous and has a huge list of poisoning symptoms that include vomiting, increased thirst, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure and even death. Therefore, despite its harmless appearance, be very careful with this plant.

Aloe vera

You probably didn't expect to see Aloe vera on this list, but the harsh reality is this. Many people grow this plant for cosmetic, medical and decorative purposes, both indoors and outdoors (if the climate permits). But this plant is unfortunately poisonous. 
It contains compounds called anthraquinones, which can cause digestive upset and other adverse effects when ingested. These compounds can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, even dehydration and liver damage. Additionally, aloe vera plants contain saponins, which are naturally occurring detergents that can also cause digestive upset and other health problems in cats.


Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp) is one more genus of poisonous plants. The plant is very popular because of its decorative qualities and low maintenance (Kalanchoe can survive for months without proper care). However, cat owners should beware of this plant. Symptoms of poisoning in cats may include depression, excessive salivation, and gastrointestinal upset and generally occurs a few hours after ingestion of the plant. 

Plants are different, and even those that are well known and common in homes can pose a threat to your pet. So we recommend keeping all your plants out of your cat's reach, especially if you know they like to chew on leaves. And if you notice unusual behavior in your pet, get professional help immediately. 
Be careful and protect yourself and your loved ones 💚