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 dracaenabecause they’re hardy and easy to care for. They can subsist in different light levels and purify the air, helping to filter out pollutants.
If your cat chews on or eats leaves of Dracaena plant, here are symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Increased heart rate
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.
Here are some common types of Dracaena plants:
Dracaena fragrans: This plant has strap-like levels that form a fountain-like shape with a thick, woody stem. As a potted plant, Dracaena fragrans can grow up to six feet.
Dracaena deremensis: This plant is widely cultivated and may be grown in pots or outdoors in favorable conditions. In pots, it can grow around 10 feet.
Dracaena marginata: Also known as dragon tree, this plant has thin, grass-like leaves that grow in a fountain shape.
Dracaena sanderiana: Also known as lucky bamboo, this plant is a novelty that can grow between a few inches or several feet in height, depending on its care. It can be trained to have curled stems by manipulating the direction of sunlight
These are just the most common types of dracaena that are sold as houseplants or garden plants, but there are plenty more varieties.
Here are other plants usually confused with Dracaena :
Cordyline australis: Also known as the cabbage palm, this plant is not officially in the Dracaena genus, but it’s typically sold as one. It is also toxic to cats as it contains saponins.
Cordyline fruticosa: Also known as the ti tree or ti plant, this plant is a palm-like dracaena with thick, strappy leaves that grow in a fountain-lie arrangement. Despite the similarities, this plant is not officially in the Dracaena genus, but it does contain saponins.
Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.