cat looking at grass wondering which Plants are Toxic To Cats In Australia

Plants Toxic To Cats In Australia

Australia is home to a diverse range of flora, some of which can be harmful to our feline friends. While cats are often cautious and instinctively avoid many toxic plants, their natural curiosity can sometimes lead them into danger. As responsible pet owners, it's crucial to be aware of the plants that can pose a threat to cats and take necessary precautions.

Understanding Cats and Plants

Cats are known for their keen senses and natural instincts. They often avoid plants that can be harmful to them. However, the saying "curiosity killed the cat" exists for a reason. Whether driven by boredom, attention-seeking, or mere curiosity, cats might sometimes be tempted to sniff or nibble on plants. This can be particularly concerning if the plant in question is toxic.

The Importance of Cat-Friendly Plants

Ensuring that the plants within your home and garden are safe for cats is of paramount importance. Additionally, when taking your cat out for walks or "catventures" in local parks or beaches, being able to identify potentially harmful plants can be a lifesaver. If you're ever in doubt about a plant's safety, it's always better to err on the side of caution and prevent your cat from coming into contact with it.

Recognising the Symptoms of Plant Poisoning

Ingesting poisonous plants can lead to a variety of symptoms in cats. These can range from mild reactions like vomiting to more severe conditions that can be fatal. Immediate veterinary attention is crucial if you suspect your cat has consumed a toxic plant. Bringing a sample of the plant to the vet can also be helpful, as it can aid in the identification and treatment process.

Below is a list of some of the commonly found plants that are toxic to cats. However, if you do not find it in this list, then make sure to check the ASPCA website which has a more comprehensive list of all plants (both toxic and non-toxic to cats).

Flowers Toxic To Cats:

  • Amaryllis
  • Asian Lily
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Climbing Lily
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Day Lily
  • Easter Lily
  • Elephant Ear
  • Gladiola
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Narcissus
  • Poinsettia
  • Rubrum Lily
  • Stargazer Lily
  • Tiger Lily
  • Tulip
  • Wood Lily


are lilies toxic to cats

Ferns Toxic To Cats:

  • Asparagus Fern
  • Emerald Feather
  • Lace Fern
  • Plumosa Fern


Ferns Toxic To Cats

Indoor Plants Toxic To Cats:

  • Aglaonema
  • Arrowhead Vine
  • Dracaena Deremensis
  • Dracaena Fragrans
  • Dracaena Marginata
Indoor Plants Toxic To Cats

      Perennials Toxic To Cats:

      • Anthurium
      • Arum or Calla Lily
      • Hellebore
      • Morning Glory
      • Mother-in-law's Tongue
      • Nightshade
      • Pussy's Ears
      Perennials Toxic To Cats

        Succulents Toxic To Cats:

        • Aloe Vera
        • Chandelier Plant
        • Crown of Thorns
        • Devil’s Backbone
        • Firestick
        • Mother of Millions
        • Mother of Thousands
        • Panda Plant
        • Pencil Cactus
        • Pencil Tree Plant
        • Jade Plant
        • Snake Plant
        • String of Pearls
        • String of Peas Plant
        Succulents Toxic To Cats

          Herbs Toxic to Cats:

          • Oregano
          • Marjoram
          • Cocoa
          • Epazote
          • Tarragon
          • Chives and Scallions
          • Cannabis
          • Bay Leaf
          • Borage
          • Sorrel
          • Chamomile
          • Lemon Verbena and Lemon Grass
          • Lavender (in large quantities)
          • Mint (in large quantities)

          Herbs Toxic to Cats

          Non Toxic Plants For Cats

          Indoor Plants Safe For Cats

          • Golden Cane Palm
          • Boston Fern
          • Calathea
          • Echeveria
          • Goldfish Plant
          • Haworthia
          • Hens and Chicks
          • Kentia Palm
          • Lipstick Palm
          • Parlour Palm
          • Phalaenopsis Orchid
          • Ponytail Palm
          • Prayer Plant
          • Spider Plant
          • Pilea
          • Air Plants

          Indoor Plants Safe For Cats

          Outdoor Plants Safe For Cats

          • Groundcover

             - Baby’s tears, spider plants.
          • Flowering

             - African daisies, snapdragons, orchids, fuchsia, petunia. 
          • Shrubs

             - Bottlebrush, camellia.
          Outdoor Plants Safe For Cats
          • Trees 

            - Crepe myrtle, magnolia.
          • Herbs 

            - Basil, sage, cilantro, catnip (in small amounts only), dandelion, parsley (in small amounts only), thyme, dill (in small amounts only), rosemary, valerian Root.
          Outdoor Plants Safe For Cats
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