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Are Angel Plants Poisonous to Cats?

Angel Plants, or Exotic Angel Plants, is a reputable brand that sells over 400 different species of plants. Because the term “Angel Plants” isn’t referring to a specific type of plant, it’s impossible to say if they’re poisonous to cats, and toxicity will depend on the type of plant.

In general, tropical plants are poisonous to cats. Since many popular houseplants are tropical plants, you’ll notice that many aren’t safe for cats. We’ll go over common plants that are sold by Exotic Angel Plants and how to identify which ones are safe and unsafe for them.

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What Are Exotic Angel Plants?

The Exotic Angel Plants brand was produced by Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, Inc. It was in operation by this company for nearly 45 years until it was acquired by Costa Farms in 2014. Today, Costa Farms still runs the Exotic Angel Plants collection. Costa Farms doesn’t sell Exotic Angel Plants directly to individuals. Instead, the collection is sold to large retailers.

Are There Advantages to Buying Exotic Angel Plants?

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Exotic Angel Plants grows and sells many common houseplants. The benefit of buying these plants is that they’re carefully grown to increase their chances of surviving and thriving for many years. Costa Farms works to ensure that they distribute healthy, hardy plants so that you can have the easiest time caring for them.

Common Exotic Angel Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats

It’s important to check if plants are poisonous to cats before you buy them. Many plants produce and contain natural chemicals that they use to protect themselves from herbivores and parasites. Many of these chemicals are also toxic to cats, but the level of toxicity varies. Some toxins will irritate the skin or cause an upset stomach, while others can lead to more fatal accidents.

Some of the most poisonous common houseplants are Peace Lilies, Sago Palms, and Dieffenbachia (or Dumb Cane). All these plants are found in the Exotic Angel Plants collection. Other poisonous plants that are sold by Exotic Angel Plants are the following:

If you’re ever unsure about a plant’s toxicity or want more information, you can check the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List.

What to Do If Your Cat Eats a Toxic Plant

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If your cat ingests a toxic plant, call your veterinarian right away. You can also call ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center for poison consultations.

It’ll be helpful to give your veterinarian information on the type of plant your cat ate, the amount, and the approximate time it ate the plant. Your veterinarian will also ask if you notice any signs or symptoms of poisoning, like lethargy, disjointedness, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Some plants aren’t as toxic, and you’ll just have to wait for symptoms to pass. Others will require immediate attention. If you need to take your cat to the veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic, do so in a calm manner to avoid placing unnecessary added stress on your cat. Make sure to bring a sample of the plant your cat ate with you.

Veterinarians may try to induce vomiting to prevent toxins from spreading throughout the body. They might also use charcoal to absorb toxins, and some cases require gastric flushing.

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Common Exotic Angel Plants That Are Not Poisonous to Cats

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Fortunately, you can find a lot of common house plants sold by Exotic Angel Plants that are safe for cats. In general, cats shouldn’t chew or eat any houseplants, even if they’re non-toxic. Some plants may just cause an upset stomach because cats aren’t used to digesting them. Also, if you use any fertilizer or other supplements, your cat can get sick if it ingests them, even if they’re used on non-toxic plants.

Some beautiful non-toxic houseplants that are sold by Exotic Angel Plants:
  • Hoya
  • Ivy
  • Peperomia
  • Pilea
  • Ponytail Plant
  • Prayer Plant
  • Snake Plant
  • Spider Plant

Where to Buy Exotic Angel Plants

Exotic Angel Plants are available in many retail stores. The following stores often sell Exotic Angel Plants products:

  • Aldi
  • Amazon
  • Costco
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s Food Stores
  • Ikea
  • Jewel
  • Kroger
  • Lowes
  • Meijer
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club

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Conclusion

Exotic Angel Plants is a collection of plants grown and sold by Costa Farms. Many different plant species belong in this collection. Some species are toxic, while others are safe for cats. So, before you bring home a plant from Exotic Angel Plants, make sure to check if it’s listed as a toxic plant by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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