Hagbrier Haworthia Haw Hawthorn Hellfetter Hemlock Tree Hen & Chickens Fern Hickory Hindu Rope Plant Holly Fern Hollyhock Honey Locust Honey Plant Honeydew Melon Honeysuckle Fuchsia Hoya Hubbard Squash HypocyrtaIce Plant Imbricata sword fern Irish moss Iron cross begonia Iron tree Ivy-leaf peperomia Ivy peperomiaJackson Brier Jacob’s Ladder Japanese Aralia Japanese Pittosporum Japanese moss Japanese holly fern Jasmine Jewel orchid Joseph’s coat Jungle geraniumKaempferis Kahali Ginger Kenilworth Ivy Kentia Palm Kenya Palm Kenya Violet Kharoub King and Queen Fern King of the Forest King Nut Kuang-yen- pa-hsiehLace Flower Vine Lace Orchid Ladies Ear Drops Lady Lou Lady Palm Lagerstroemia Indica Lance Pleumele Large Lady Palm Leather Peperomia Lemon Bottlebrush Leng-fen tu’an Leopard Orchid Leopard Lily Lesser Snapdragon Lily of the Valley Orchid Linden Lipstick Plant Little Fantasy Peperomia Little Zebra Plant Living Rock Cactus Living Stones Locust Pods Lou-lang-t’ou LutherMadagascar Jasmine Magnolia Bush Mahonia Aquifolium Malabar Gourd Malaysian Dracaena Manila Palm Mapleleaf Begonia Maranta Marbled Fingernail Mariposa Lily Maroon Mary-Bud Measles Plant Melons Metallic Peperomia Metallic Leaf Begonia Mexican Firecracker Mexican Snowballs Mexican Rosettes Minature Maranta Miniature Marble Plant Miniature Fish Tail Miniature Date Palm Mistletoe Cactus Mockernut Hickory Mosaic Plant Mosiac Vase Moss Phlox Moss Agate Moss Rose Moss Campion Moss Fern Mossy Campion Mother Fern Mother of Pearl Plant Mother Spleenwort Mountain Camellia Mountain Grape Mulberry Bush Musa Paradisiaca Muscari spp. Muscari armeniacum MuskmelonNarrow-Leafed Pleomele Natal Plum Neanthe Bella palm Neanthebella Nematanthus spp. Neoregelia Nephrolepis Nerve Plant New Silver and Bronze Night Blooming CereusOdontoglossum spp. Old World Orchid Old Man Cactus Orange Star Oregon Grape Ossifragi VasePaddy’s Wig Painted Lady Palm Lily Pampas Grass Panamiga Pansy Orchid Paradise Palm Parlour Plant Parlor Palm Parsley Fern Peace Begonia Peacock Plant Pearl Plant Pearly Dots Peperomia Peltifolia Peperomia Rotundifolia Peperomia Fosteri Peperomia Sandersii Peperomia Hederifolia Pepper Face Persian Violet Pheasant Plant Piggy Back Plant Pigmy Date Palm Pignut Hickory Pignut Pilea Microphylla Pilea Mucosa Pink Polka Dot Plant Pink Pearl Pink Starlite Pink Brocade Pirliteiro Pitaya Platanus Occidentalis Platanus Orientalis Platinum Peperomia Platycerium Alicicorne Plumbago Larpentiae
Plush Plant Polka Dot Plant Polystichum falcatum Pony Tail Palm Porcelain Flower Pot Marigold Prairie Snowball Prairie Lily Prayer Plant Prickly Bottlebrush Prostrate Coleus Purple Waffle Plant Purple Baby Tears Purple Passion Vine Purpleosier WillowQueen cup Queens Spiderwort Queensland ArrowrootRabbits Foot Fern Rainbow Orchid Red African Violet Red Veined Prayer Plant Red Berried Greenbrier Red Hawthorne Red Palm Lily Red Edge Peperomia Reed Palm Resurrection Lily Rex Begonia Rhynchosporium Ribbon Plant Roosevelt Fern Royal Velvet Plant Rubber Plant, Baby Russian OliveSaffron Spike Zebra Saint Bernards Lily Sand Lily Sand Verbena Satin Pellionia Sawbrier Scabious Scarborough Lily Scarlet Orchid Scarlet Sage Sego Lily Shagbark Hickory Shan ku’ei-lai Shellbark Hickory Shiny Leaf Smilax Shrimp Cactus Silver Nerve Plant Silver Table Fern Silver Pink Vine Silver Bell Silver Heart Silver Star Silver Berry Silver-Leaf Peperomia Silver Tree Anamiga Slender Deutzia Small Fruited Hickory Smilax Tamnoides Vas Hispida Speckled Wood Lily Spice Orchid Spider Ivy Spider Plant Spotted Laurel Square nut Squirrels Foot Fern Star Jasmine Star Plant Star Tulip Star Window Plant Star Lily Strawberry Striped Blushing Sugar Pods Sulfur Flower Summer Hyacinth Swedish Ivy Sweet William Sweetheart Peperomia Sweetheart Hoya Sword FernTahitian Bridal Veil Tailed Orchid Tall Feather Fern Tall Mahonia Teasel Gourd Texas Sage Thea Japonica Thimble Cactus Thorn Apple Ti Hu-Ling Tiger Orchid Toad Spotted Cactus Torch Lily Tous-Les-Mois Trailing Peperomia Tree Cactus Tree Gloxinia Tropical Moss True Cantaloupe Tu Fu-Ling Tulip Poplar Tulip Tree Turban Squash Turf LilyUmbrella Plant Urbina Agavoides UsambaraViolet
Variegated Philodendron Leaf Variegated Wax Plant Variegated Wandering Jew Variegated Oval Leaf Peperomia Variegated Laurel Velvet Plant Venus Fly Trap Verona Fern Verona Lace Fern Vining Peperomia Violet Slipper GloxiniaWaffle Plant Walking Anthericum Washington Hawthorn Water Hickory Watermelon Peperomia Watermelon Begonia Watermelon Pilea Wax Plant Wax Rosette Weeping Sergeant Hemlock Weeping Bottlebrush Weisdornbluten West Indian Gherkin Western Sword White Edged Swedish Ivy White Heart Hickory White Ginger Whitman Fern Wild Buckwheat Wild Sarsaparilla Wild Lantana Wild Strawberry Wild Hyacinth Willow Herb Windmill Palm Winter Cattleya Withered Snapdragon WoolflowerYellow-Flowered Gourd Yellow Bloodleaf Yerba LindaZebra Haworthia Zebra Plant Zinnia sp. Zucchini Squash
Common household toxins
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Alcohol Antifreeze Aromatherapy oils Please consult your vet before using ANY aromatherapy oil on your cat.AspirinBleach Boric Acid Brake fluidCleaning fluid Chocolate Cold and flu medication Cooked chicken bones (not toxic but can splinter) CoffeeDeodorants DeodorizersDetergent Disinfectants DyeFungicides Furniture polish
Garlic Glow sticks
Metal polish Mineral spirits Mothballs
Nail polish & remover
Paint Paint remover Paracetamol Petrol Phenols (products that turn white when water is added such as Dettol and Pine-o-Clean) Phenylbutazone
Rat/ant poison Rubbing alcohol
Shoe polish Snail/Slug Bait Suntan Lotion Tar Teflon
Never administer medicine to your cat without veterinary advice. This is especially important with human medication, which can be fatal to cats. Ensure all household chemicals are stored in a safe place where your cat can’t have access to it. Many household chemicals are lethal to cats, even in small doses.
People sometimes make the mistake of feeding human food to their cat. This is ok as long as you know the food is safe. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate) should never be given to cats (or dogs).
Also be aware that cats often scavenge food from your household bin, so it is wise to safely dispose of medicine, chemicals & food where your cat can’t get to it.
A cat doesn’t have to directly eat or drink a toxin to become poisoned. For example, if a cat lies in a garden that has been sprayed with insecticide or weed killer traces can get on the coat, which the cat will ingest during grooming.
Christmas is a busy time for vets. Many pets become unwell after being fed too much human food by their well-meaning owners. A small treat is always welcome by any cat, just as long as it’s the right kind of food, and the cat isn’t fed too much. If in doubt about food that your cat can or can’t eat, check with your vet.
Julia Wilson is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. She enjoys photography, gardening and running in her spare time. Full author bioContact Julia