Is your indoor garden safe for pets

Indoor gardening has become a rather popular hobby in Singapore, with collectors spending hundreds of dollars on a single rare variegated philodendron leaf. Other than being something that can brighten up your home, they have some investment value as they can be propagated and then sold.

However, many of these popular house plants do actually pose a danger to pets like cats and dogs, especially since they usually roam about at home. Curious ones that like to nibble or chomp on random things can be poisoned by these plants, so take note to keep these out of your home if you have a furry household member!

10 Houseplants toxic to pets (dogs, cats)

Toxic Houseplants Toxicity Symptoms in cats and dogs
Lilies High Vomiting, diarrhoea, throat and mouth irritation 
Sago Palm High Diarrhoea, vomiting, liver failure
Pothos  Moderate Drooling, mouth irritation, oral pain, vomiting
Philodendron Moderate Drooling, mouth irritation, oral pain, vomiting
Aloe Vera Moderate Vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, dehydration
Dieffenbachia Moderate Drooling, mouth irritation, oral pain, vomiting
Snake Plant Mild Drooling, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, irritation
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena) Mild Drooling, vomiting, weakness, incoordination, pupil dilation
Jade Plant Mild Vomiting, anorexia, lethargy, loss of balance
Rubber Plant Mild Decreased appetite, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin irritation
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1. Lilies – Can cause kidney failure in cats

Lilies are beautiful and I absolutely adore them. But ever since I adopted my pet cat, I have had to keep them out of my home as they are highly dangerous for pets, especially cats. 

Lilies contain chemical compounds that are highly toxic to animals. They cause severe kidney damage that can lead to acute kidney failure when any part of a lily, including stems, petals and even pollen, is ingested. In addition, lilies can also cause

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