10 House Plants That Are Extremely Dangerous For Your Pets

  • Amaryllis is extremely toxic to both cats and dogs.
  • Cactus isn’t as much toxic as it is dangerous.
  • Hostas are a great plant when it comes to gardening but they are super poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Plants play an extremely important role not just in our lives but also in the lives of our beloved pets. They help in bringing more greenery in the world, help in reducing air pollutants, and enhance our overall standard of living. And due to this, most pet parents must be having house plants in your home. But unfortunately, not every house plant is safe. There are some that are toxic and extremely harmful for your pets. Which ones are they? Well, we will look at 10 of them!

Aloe Vera.

#1. Aloe Vera

Most people have Aloe Vera plants at their home for various cosmetic and medicinal uses. And while this is great for humans, it is not much so for your pets such as cats and dogs.

Moreover, if such plants are consumed by your pet it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Thus, you can either do away with these plants or keep them out of reach from your pets.


#2. Amaryllis

Such kinds of plants are often found in home improvement stores and common in most gardens. But sadly, Amaryllis is extremely toxic to both cats and dogs.

It can cause tremors, excessive drooling, difficulties in breathing, and abdominal problems including vomiting and diarrhea. So try and keep them away from your pets.


#3. Cactus

Unlike other house plants, Cactus isn’t as much toxic as it is dangerous. Sure, your dog or cat will not try to munch on such plants which have thorns and spikes on them. But you just never know.

Some pets tend to be inquisitive and notorious and can get close to such plants. Hence, the sensible thing to do is to not keep such plants at home, especially with pets around.

Castor Bean.

#4. Castor Bean

More commonly known as the castor-oil plant, such plants are a popular landscaping pick especially in public gardens, and many love adoring these colorful plants.

But unfortunately, these plants are toxic to your pet’s health and it is better to keep them far away as possible.


#5. Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a very popular house plant and they make the environment super colorful and rosy. But they should be kept far away from pets because they are poisonous if they are ingested.

Moreover, such plants can cause severe vomiting in pets and even in some rare cases, loss of life as well.

Elephant Ear.

#6. Elephant Ear

The Elephant Ear plant can be grown easily in warmer climates, but other that it is a common house plant in most parts. They look beautiful to the eyes, but sadly, all that glitters is not gold.

These plants are harmful to pets and can cause swellings in the mouth areas, vomiting, and even diarrhea not only in pets but also to humans as well. Now that is enough reason to keep such plants at bay.


#7. Hosta

Hostas are a great plant when it comes to gardening but they are super poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Thus, if you have a curious four-legged buddy in your house, planting a Hosta plant would not be the smartest thing to do.


#8. Lilies

If you just look at lilies, you will simply go wow. But even after being such beautiful plants, they are absolutely harmful to your pets.

And some types of lilies are even poisonous and can cause paralysis in pets as well as kidney failure, and in rare cases, loss of life.

Morning Glory.

#9. Morning Glory

Some species of morning glory has seeds that contain an acid known as lysergic acid, which is a natural form of LSD. It can be dangerous to pets (mainly cats and dogs) and can cause hallucinations, disorientation, tremors, and gastrointestinal issues.

Thus, it would be better to not plant these plants in your homes if you have pets around.

#10. Philodendron


These plants have big leaves and are perhaps perfect for your home. But if you have pets around, then you might have to rethink about getting these plants. Philodendron plants are mildly toxic and if ingested, it can result in some clinical problems like irritation in the mouth, lips, and tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulties in swallowing.

While these are just 10, there are many more plants that are potentially toxic to your pets. So before you decide on getting a plant for your home, make sure you do your thorough research about the plant. Stay safe, and keep your pets safe too!

Paul Wegman

Hello, I am Paul Wegman pet trainer, I have always been surrounded by pets. All my life, it has been my goal to contribute to animal welfare in some way. And thankfully, I was able to pursue my dream. Now, I am a freelance dog trainer, helping pet parents to train their dogs in a methodic way. Moreover, I also write informational blogs and pet training guides for various websites, one of them is BestVetCare.com. I strive towards providing factual and helpful content to my audience so they can look after their pets.

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