Are these houseplants poisonous?

Hi Judy,

I’m wondering what types of plants these are! I have a cat who is very interested in both of the plants, and I need to make sure they’re not toxic to pets. Right now, we have them both as far out of her reach as possible, but she seems very determined to eat them both. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Brittney,


This first plant is a dieffenbachia and it is a VERY poisonous plant. Please keep it away from your cat!!!


This plant is a Parlor Palm and is not considered to be a poisonous houseplant. You can read more about both of these plants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. Try putting some orange or lemon peels in the soil of the dieffenbachia to discourage your cat. They don’t like citrus. You can also try some tin foil on top of the soil. Just getting ready to publish a book on poisonous houseplants. Let me know if you’d like more information on how to get a copy. (