Are Succulents Poisonous To Cats And Dogs?

by Succulent MarketOct 13, 2020

are succulents poisonous to cats


Succulents are one of the hottest houseplants right now, mainly because they are so easy to take care of. They are native to the desert but they can easily adapt to thrive in all sorts of environments.

Succulents can also grow indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy them no matter your gardening experience.

But while they are great for us humans, not all succulents are as friendly to our furry friends. They could get very ill if they take a nibble on the juicy leaves.

Not all succulents are poisonous to cats and dogs, but for those of you with pets and looking to add a succulent to your garden or home, then it’s important to their health that you choose those that won’t cause them harm.

Here’s a list of succulents that are poisonous to cats and dogs.

Poisonous Succulents For Pets

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the most popular succulents of all. Its sap is used in all sorts of medicinal and therapeutic practices, such as treating sunburns and rashes, and other extracts are found in supplements and cosmetics.

But aloe vera can be poisonous to pets. Certain compounds within the plant can cause cats and dogs to vomit and feel lethargic.

Aloe vera plants have long, spiky tendrils. Some may flower while others possess while spotted foliage, but every single one should be kept away from pets.


The kalanchoe succulent has beautiful blooms that brighten up any room. It goes by a range of names, such as the mother of millions and the devil’s backbone.

But as suggested by its second nickname, “devil’s backbone”, the kalanchoe is not good for pets. Aside from the chucks taken out of the plant, you can tell if your cat or dog has eaten a kalanchoe as it’ll be vomiting or experiencing diarrhea. Abnormal heart rhythms are another symptom.

Take your pet to the vet immediately if your pet ingests kalanchoe.


The euphorbia genus covers a wide range of plants, from to far-reaching trees to low-growing types. Popular euphorbia succulents include the pencil cactus and the crown of thorns.

These should be kept away from pets at all costs. Signs of euphorbia poisoning include upset stomachs, itchy skin and eye irritation.


Jade is another common succulent found on windowsills around the country. Their thick stems and plump leaves make them look like miniature trees.

There are several jade succulent species, but they all can cause pain and discomfort to your pets. Symptoms of ingesting jade succulents include incoordination and upset stomachs.

Succulents That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

If you are really looking to expand your plant collection and think succulents are the way to go, Dr. Muirhead recommends these pet-friendly options:

Safe Succulents For Pets

Now that you know which succulents are poisonous for pets, here are some that are safe for them to be around.

Hens And Chickens

Hen and chicks is a very popular succulent. It’s very low maintenance and they can grow almost anywhere. Plus, they look pretty cool.

But best of all, they are safe for cats and dogs.


Also known as the zebra cactus, the haworthia succulent is similar to aloe vera, but without the harmful effects on pets. It’s easy to grow and has a spiked silhouette for a unique appeal.

Burro's Tail

Burro’s tail is the perfect plant for pet owners. It’s safe, easy to take care of and looks great, particularly in a hanging planter or on a shelf where it can droop.

How To Protect Your Pets From Toxic Plants

The best way to keep your pets safe from toxic substances is to know which succulents are poisonous to cats and dogs. Once you know them, you can ensure they never enter your home.

Do your research whenever you buy a new plant. For example, check the Pet Poison Helpline’s toxicity list to ensure the one you’re interested in is not present. 

It’s worth doing the same for all the plants in your garden and in your home. 

Any plant may be dangerous for pets. It may not be toxic, but it can cause your pet to experience an upset stomach. Discourage them from eating any plants at all.

If your plant does eat a nontoxic plant, or they start eating one while they’re out for a walk or over a friend’s home, the first thing you should do is to identify that plant.