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Is the Green Lily a Harmless Houseplant for Cats?

The green lily (Chlorophytum comosum) is a robust houseplant that can be found in almost every household. The plant is particularly easy to care for and undemanding and cleans the room air. But is the popular green plant also good for the cat household or is it possibly poisonous for cats?

Green Lily and Cat

  • The green leaves of the green lily do not contain any toxins and are therefore non-toxic to the cat.
  • The seeds of the plant contain poisonous saponins. However, these are usually not eaten by the cat.
  • Excessive consumption can cause nausea and vomiting, as well as hallucinogenic states in the cat.

Is the Green Lily Poisonous to Cats?

The good news first: green lilies are considered non-toxic to cats. The leaves of the plant do not contain any toxins and are therefore not toxic to humans or cats. However, the seeds of the green lily contain poisonous saponins, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems. However, since cats usually only nibble on the green leaves, there is usually no risk of poisoning from the green lily.

Can the Cat Eat Green Lily Regularly?

The green lily has a magical attraction for most cats. This is mainly due to the long, green leaves that awaken the velvet paw’s playful instinct. But even if the green lily is considered non-toxic, your cat should not nibble on the plant indefinitely or eat it regularly. If the cat eats large amounts of green lily, digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea can occur. In addition, the leaves of the green lily can have a hallucinogenic effect on cats. Regular consumption of the plant is therefore not recommended. Occasional playing and nibbling are however harmless.

Place Plants Out of Reach of the Cat

In addition to possible symptoms from excessive consumption of the green lily, nibbling on the houseplant has the disadvantage that the fresh green quickly looks unsightly. Do yourself and your cat a favor by keeping all plants out of the reach of your velvet paw. Wall vessels or hanging baskets, for example, are suitable for this. It also helps if you always offer your cat fresh cat grass to nibble as a tasty and safe alternative to indoor plants.

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