Having live houseplants adds a nice touch to your home and helps to keep your air clean, but our feline companions do enjoy playing with leaves and flowers. While many plants are safe, some common houseplants, like dracaena, are toxic to cats.
Dracaena has 37 varieties, all of which are toxic to cats, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.
About Dracaena Plants
Dracaena plants are popular plants for indoor and outdoor use. They come from Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean. With the right care, dracaena plants can grow slender, palm-like leaves that grow 10 or 20 feet.
Homeowners tend to love dracaena because they’re hardy and easy to care for. They can subsist in different light levels and purify the air, helping to filter out pollutants.
Is Dracaena Toxic to Cats?
In most cases, owners don’t realize their cats ate dracaena until they see symptoms. If that happens, contact your vet’s office or clinic immediately. These symptoms can quickly lead to severe dehydration and complications.
It’s best to avoid keeping dracaena plants in your home. If you must, keep them out of reach or in a separate room that your cat can’t access.
These are just the most common types of dracaena that are sold as houseplants or garden plants, but there are plenty more varieties.
Many houseplants are perfectly safe for your cat, but unfortunately, dracaena isn’t one of them. It’s best to avoid keeping dracaena in your home or garden or at least keep them out of reach of your cat. If your cat does ingest some dracaena, err on the side of caution and get in contact with your vet immediately.
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