7 Popular Houseplants That Pose Toxicity Risks to Dogs and Cats


Lilies, belonging to the Lilium or Hemerocallis genus, are toxic to cats, causing kidney failure if ingested. Avoid plants with "lily" in their name to keep your feline friends safe.

Peace Lily

Despite their name, peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are not true lilies but contain calcium oxalates, toxic to cats if ingested. They are safe to touch but dangerous when eaten.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants, known for their medicinal properties, are toxic to cats due to saponins and anthraquinone. Keep them out of reach of curious pets.

Cutleaf Philodendron

Monstera deliciosa, commonly known as Swiss cheese plants or split-leaf philodendrons, contain insoluble calcium oxalates, making them highly toxic to cats if ingested.


Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant but toxic to cats due to insoluble calcium oxalates. Consider safer alternatives like spider plants for pet-friendly decor.

Jade Plants

Jade plants (Crassula), also called money plants, are toxic to cats with the exact cause of toxicity unknown. Keep these succulents away from curious pets.

Snake Plant

While snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata) are excellent for air quality, they are toxic to cats due to saponins. Opt for pet-safe alternatives like rattlesnake plants.

Sago Palm

Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) may add a tropical touch to your home but are highly toxic to cats. Avoid these plants if you have feline companions to ensure their safety.