Is this plant poisonous to cats

I picked up this plant and am not sure what it is or if it is toxic to cats? Thanks!

Hi Lauryl,


Your plant is a type of philodendron, probably a “congo” or “imperial green.” All philodendron plants are very poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants and should be kept away from cats, other pets, and small children. All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalates and can cause your cat to experience pain, drooling, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.

You might be interested in getting a copy of my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat! A Guide to poisonous houseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them.Having this information handy could help when you’re about to purchase a new plant.

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