Are Succulents Poisonous to Cats or other Pets?
No! Most of Them Aren't!

Most of the succulents are not poisonous to cats and dogs. However, some of them are. We’ve covered all succulents that don’t harm and can harm pets.

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Jimena Bolívar

March 30, 2021


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WHAT’S THIS POST ABOUT?

Succulents are one of the most important plants when it comes to health and skincare. When it comes to the health of pets, it’s difficult to identify whether succulents are harmful to cats and other pets or not?

Do you know among the large variety of succulents, are there any succulent plants that harm the pets? If no, then keep reading this post to know about this cause!

As far as succulents are considered, most of them are not harmful to pets such as dogs and cats. You need to be careful with some succulents such as Aloe Vera and Euphorbia as they contain components that can be harmful to pets. Toxic succulents that contain harmful chemicals can cause rashes and similar allergies in pets.

Cat sleeping near a succulent

Succulents And Pets:

At times, succulents and pets can be a great combination and at times they can be hard to manage. Houseplants are usually succulents and your pets are safe around most of them. However, there are some exceptional cases where you should be careful about your pet’s health.

Pets are safe around most of the succulents but as not all succulents are safe for pets, you should be aware of them. Harmful succulents can cause breathing issues, heart issues and vomiting in pets. These are the most common symptoms that affect the animal’s health as a result of toxic succulents.

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As not all succulents are harmful, you can let your pets play around them but still don’t allow your pets to eat them.

What Succulents Are Not Harmful To Pets?

For your ease, we’ve compiled the best succulents that are not harmful to pets in any way. They are listed below

  1. Christmas Cactus
  2. Hens and Chickens
  3. Burro’s Tail
  4. Ponytail Palm
  5. Haworthia

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These are some of the safest succulents for pets. They don’t cause any sort of itching and allergies in the pet. You can let your pets play around them without any hesitation. If you haven’t grabbed a succulent yet, it’s probably the perfect time to pick one for your house!

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus is one of the most glowy and blooming succulents found ever. It needs more care as compared to others. This cactus requires more daily watering to grow and glow. The flowers grow reddish-pink when they receive enough fertilizer and soil. It is perfect to place by your windows and doors so that they receive the proper amount of sunlight.

Also, the Christmas cactus does not require a lot of sunlight. An excessive amount of sunlight can affect the growth of the flowers resulting in the dull and slow growth of the plant.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus is a non toxic plant for pets. They have beautiful pinkish leaves.

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Hens and Chickens

Hens and chickens are one of the most appealing succulents. They require less attention yet they can make your garden rock! Unlike other succulents, hen and chicks can grow in any type of weather conditions regardless of the low and high temperatures.

Hen-and-Chicks

Hen and Chicks is another sweet plant that can be grown in your house garden. They don't harm pets in any way.

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Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail, also known as Donkeys Tail is one of those succulents that are easy to grow everywhere. They require an excessive amount of sunlight and water to grow faster. These succulents are perfect for basket hanging decoration pieces. When they receive the proper amount of sunlight and water, they produce pinkish flowers.

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm is also one of those succulents that are not harmful to pets including cats and dogs. They are among those plants that don’t need daily watering. All you can do to take care of them is water them in winters and place them near the open windows. These plants like cooler weather conditions.

Beaucarnea Recurvata Ponytail Palm Succulent

Ponytail Palm is also a non toxic succulent. They can be easily grown in homes. Pets can play around them.

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Haworthia

Haworthia also known as Zebra Haworthia, is a small plant similar to a cactus in appearance (however, it is not a cactus). These plants are known as Zebra Haworthia or Zebra Cactus because they have zebra stripes on their leaves. They don’t require a lot of attention.

Haworthia

Haworthia is a juicy succulent. It can be kept in gardens without any fear of getting your pets hurt

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What Succulents Are Harmful To Pets?

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After succulents that are not harmful to pets, we’ve also collected some most important succulents that can cause serious illness in your pets. These are listed below:

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Jade
  3. Panda Plant
  4. Kalanchoe
  5. Euphorbia

It is important to know that the plants mentioned above can be harmful to your pets in many ways. Try not to keep these plants in your homes with pets. Make sure to read the research study on poisonous plants by ASPCA before you bring a succulent into your houses.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the most harmful succulents that can cause severe illness in pets. Most of you will be surprised to know this as aloe vera has tons of benefits for skin and health care. But it’s true, they can cause laziness and rashes in dogs and pets when ingested.

Jade

Jade is the second most harmful succulent after aloe vera for pets. Ajde is easy to grow in homes that is why it is found in most houses. If any of your pet ingests jade, they can suffer from incoordination and vomiting. Keep your pets away from jade in order to avoid uncertain changes.

Panda Plant

Panda plant is one of those plants that are easily grown in houses without requiring a lot of attention and care. They contain extremely harmful calcium crystals that not only cause severe illness among pets but can damage their tissues completely.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is appealing and glowy in appearance. They are beautiful enough to attract every creature on earth. However, they contain several harmful elements such as glycosides that can result in serious illness and diseases. Don’t keep these succulents in your houses or keep your pets away from them.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a special type of succulent that grows from tiny plants to huge sprawling trees. Some species of Euphorbia such as poinsettia are harmful to pets. Consider keeping your dogs and cats away from these plants.

Keep Reading To Keep Your Pets Safe!

There are a wide variety of succulents. Most of the succulents are not harmful to pets like cats and dogs. However, some of the succulents can be harmful to pets health. You should consult a veterinarian if your dog ingests a harmful plant.

Learn more about different types of succulents to know the best suitable ones for your pets!

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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