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Are Peace Lilies Poisonous to Cats?

Are Peace Lilies Poisonous

Are peace lilies poisonous to cats? This question is really important if you have both Lillies and cats in your home.

The Peace Lily plant is an excellent choice for a houseplant. Not only does it brighten up the room, but it also acts as an air purifier. However, Peace Lilies are not very pet-friendly! 

Therefore, if you have pets, especially cats and dogs, you must think twice before adorning your home with this closet plant. Here is a complete guide on Are Lilies Poisonous to Dogs?

But, the good news is that the Peace Lily only temporarily causes toxicity if ingested by your cat. So, take it easy and do not panic, as it does not cause any lasting effects, such as kidney failure, which is often the case with Lilium or Hemerocallis poisoning. 

What Happens When a Cat Eats the Plant?

When a cat chews on any parts of the plant, its tongue and mouth come in contact with needle-like crystals called oxalates, particularly insoluble calcium oxalates. These can perforate the tissue, leading to an immediate burning sensation in the area. 

The pet will exhibit signs of distress, such as excessive licking, pawing at the mouth, drooling, vomiting, or pain when anything comes in contact with the affected surface. 

Your cat may struggle to swallow or regurgitate because of the pain accompanied by the process. Rarely, as a sign of an allergic reaction, the upper airways may swell and cause difficulty breathing. 

However, if ingested in large amounts, calcium oxalate may cause stomach or respiratory irritation, even in humans. It is therefore advisable to keep your plant out of reach of pets and small children.

Below, you will find details on what to do if such an incident happens and how to prevent it in the future.

A Little About the Peace Lily plant

Peace Lilies, also called the Mauna Loa plants, are tropical plants with long, deep green foliage. The leaves of the Peace Lily are broad and elliptical and up to 6 inches wide and 2 feet long. They are a glossy, dark green color.

They grow well indoors and bloom with white to off-white flowers, making them a popular choice in houseplants

Although the plant does not ‘come in peace,’ at least for your pet, it gets its name from its white flowers, which resemble white flags symbolic of peace. 

The species is not related to true lilies, which are, in fact, far more dangerous for pets. 

So, what to do if your cat ingests the long glossy leaves of this plant?

What Do I Do If My Cat Has Ingested Peace Lily?

If your cat has eaten some Peace Lily and is now exhibiting signs of distress, there is no need for alarm. A visit to the vet is not entirely necessary since the symptoms will subside on their own within a few hours. 

To soothe the sore area, you may give your cat some cool yogurt or milk. Be warned, though, adult cats are lactose intolerant, and too much milk could upset your cat’s stomach. You could also wash the cat’s mouth and paws to remove the irritant. 

If the symptoms seem severe or your cat has consumed a large quantity of this plant, you can seek professional help. You can contact the ASPCA Poison Control Centre or any local veterinary service. 

To avoid accidental ingestion in the future, you must keep your cat away from the plant. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

How to Keep My Cat Away from the Peace Lily Plant?

It’s probably best not to pair these two together, but in case it is unavoidable, here are a few ways you could discourage your cat from playing with the Peace Lily plant: 

  1. Put some gravel in the plant pot, so your cat won’t use it as a litter box or dig around. 
  2. Place some orange peel on the soil. Cats don’t like citrus, and yours will likely steer clear of the area. 
  3. Spray the leaves of the plant with a mixture of water, Tabasco, and cayenne pepper. The scent and taste of these will keep your cat away. 
  4. Pair your Peace Lily with plants cats typically do not like, e.g., Lavender, Rosemary, and Mint. 

Wrapping Up

Peace lilies are poisonous to cats. So, if you’re a pet lover, you should avoid getting it, and if you do get it, make sure to follow our tips to keep your furry friend safe from getting poisoned. 

However, there are many other house plants that are perfectly safe for pets, like the Stromanthe Triostar and Chinese Money plant. Find out more about them here.

FAQs

Do peace lily needs sunlight?

Peace lily do not need much sun. They can live in low to bright, indirect sunlight. This plant needs moderate sunlight and evenly moist soil. The ideal temperature range for peace lily is between 60 and 70°F, but they can be grown outdoors at temperatures as low as 40°F. If you live in a warm, sunny climate, you can grow peace lily outdoors year-round. They prefer shade or filtered light, but are adaptable containers that can tolerate full sun.

What are peace lilies good for?

Peace lilies are good for filtering the indoor air, increasing the levels of humidity, and helping you breathe better. They are very easy to care for and can thrive in just about any environment. They are low maintenance and don’t require much light or water.

How long does a peace lily live?

A peace lily has a lifespan of three to five years, but the plant often can live longer than that. The peace lily’s care requirements are simple: They thrive in moist soil that’s well-drained and full sun.

Written by Chris Buckland

Hello, I’m Chris. I’m a houseplant expert. I have been Cultivating and Growing Houseplants for 20 years. Plants are like my children. I love to write about Indoor plants and share my experience. That's why I started writing everything I know about houseplants.

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