Are these plants poisonous to cats?

Dear Judy,

I have had these plants for several years but have just adopted 2 adorable kitties. Before I give them full run of the house, I would like to check whether either of these plants are poisonous.

Thanks in advance!


Hi Geoff,



This first plant is a Neanthebella Palm also called a Parlor Palm. It is not considered to be a poisonous plant.


It’s a little hard to tell what this plant is.  It looks like a Ficus Tree but I am not sure. Here’s a picture of a Ficus benjamina, what do you think? Some come with a braided trunk some with a regular trunk. If it’s not the right plant, please email a close up of the leaves and I’ll try to identify the plant for you.

Ficus plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.