It’s not uncommon for pet people to also be plant people. The first question ultimately becomes, what plants are safe for my pets? Many succulents are completely safe for your furry friends, but there are quite a few that can be poisonous if ingested. Here are 10 common succulents to avoid if you have cats or dogs.
String of Pearls is a trailing succulent that is sure to grab the attention of your favorite feline. Afterall, those little beads on strings sure look like a toy. But make sure to keep it out of reach as it has a sap on the leaves that can cause irritation to your cat or dog. Ingesting it can cause lethargy and vomiting too.
While Aloe vera has many practical uses for people, it’s something you’ll want to be careful with around your pets. Some pets may only have a mild reaction to eating the plant, but others may have more extreme symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Keep it where you can use it for your sunburns, but out of sight for your pets.
Most Kalanchoe plants can be quite toxic for cats and dogs, and Mother of Thousands is no exception. While eating the leaves can cause some discomfort for your animal, the flowers are much more toxic. This plant in particular drops a lot of little plantlets that grow along the leaves so you’re better off not to have it in your house or garden, even out of reach, as it spreads easily.
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’
As colorful and fun as ‘Sticks on Fire’ is, you’ll want to keep it away from your pets. This plant, along with other Euphorbia, contains a white sap that can irritate skin as well as cause harm if ingested. If you live in a warm climate it’s not uncommon to find this plant in landscaping, so make sure to keep an eye out for it when you’re on a walk and keep your four legged friend away.
Crassula ovata, or Jade Plant, is a classic plant that many people enjoy having in their homes. It is low maintenance and has a modern look and feel to it. However, if you have pets, you might want to keep this one up out of reach. While not as toxic as others on the list, it can cause your pet discomfort if they decide to snack on it.
Although it’s named after an animal, Snake Plant isn’t a succulent you’ll want to keep around your pets. It can cause a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms in your pet, so be sure to put it out of reach or don’t grow this succulent in your home. This plant is also commonly used in large buildings and hotels, so if you’re out and about with your pet, be sure to keep an eye out.
This beautiful blue-gray succulent is a unique twist on the traditional Jade plant. Much like it’s relative though, Silver Dollar Jade can be toxic to cats and dogs. You’re best off putting this in a room where your pet isn’t allowed, or not bringing it home at all.
Other Poisonous Succulents
These are just a few of many succulents that can harm your furry friends. Be sure to do your research before bringing a new plant into your home, especially if you know your pet is extra curious. For even more information, the ASPCA has a great resource on plants and toxicity.
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