Friday, June 17, 2011

What Plants on Your Balcony are Poisonous to Your Cat - Do You Know?

Tiffie eating her safe cat grass earlier in April
Well, did you know that daisies are toxic to both cats and dogs and cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, incoordination and dermatitis? And begonias, yep, them too especially the tuber portion of the plant. Unfortunately I bought 3 large planters of them that can only rest on the floor so I watch my cat like a hawk when I am out with her. 

If you don't know what is or isn't safe just go to the ASPCA website and scroll through the plants or search for the plant by name. They have a great visual and written list. If you find this information helpful please show them a little love cause it takes moolah to keep their efforts in existence and bring this VERY important information to us!


  1. Good information to get out their Gwen. I suggest sending donations within Ontario to the OSPCA.
    Every province has its own version of the SPCA.

    I've had many a cat, and somehow they always knew which plants they could eat, and which ones to avoid. Dumb luck? Or feline intelligence? :>)

  2. I never let my cat on my balcony in general, just because it's not safe, but this is one of the reasons that I LOVE my balcony garden: Because I can have all the un-cat-friendly plants I want! I'm always super nervous to have plants in the house since it seems like basically anything is poisonous to a cat. I thought they were supposed to have nine lives! Yeesh.

  3. I know, I miss lilies! They are right deadly-toxic to kitties. Cats are pretty amazingly resilient except for those achilles heels they have like urinary problems (especially the males) and some other diseases. And sometimes my cat turns into a two year old - everything goes into the mouth! Yikes!