Is Bamboo Leaves or Plant Poisonous To Cats? What Are Their Symptoms?

Is Bamboo Leaves or Plant Poisonous To Cats? What Are Their Symptoms?

September 7, 2011 | Healthy Cat | |

People have various plants at home or at the office, which helps make rooms cleaner and more beautiful. However, there are some plants that may or may not be poisonous for cats. Fortunately, bamboos are not poisonous be it bamboo palm, bamboo vines, or just plain bamboos. These have been identified as non-toxic and therefore safe to be kept around a house with a pet cat.

There is, however, a certain type of bamboo called Dracaenna sanderiana also known as Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Dracaena, or Ribbon Plant, that is toxic to cats.

It is this type of bamboo alone that has been deemed toxic, while the true bamboo is not.

Generally, bamboo plants are not poisonous to cats. True bamboo species are not harmful to cats even if these bite, chew, or even consume amounts of bamboo. These types of bamboo are non-toxic, therefore these will not be harmful to the pet cat. On the other hand, lucky bamboos or ribbon plants have been listed as toxic.

Are Bamboo Leaves Poisonous to Cats

Since true bamboos are not poisonous to cats, the bamboo leaves should be fine. However, feeding the cat solely on bamboo leaves is not a good idea. Felines who have ingested large quantities of bamboo leaves may also suffer from certain problems so it is best to keep these out of the reach of cats.


In the event that cats ingest the wrong type of bamboo and are suffering from poisoning, below are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Coma
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Belching
  • Upset stomach
  • Weakening

Keeping Cats Away from Bamboos

It is always better to be safe and keep cats from biting or chewing bamboos especially if owners are not aware of what type of bamboos they have around.

The following are some methods to help keep cats safe from getting poisoned:

  • To keep cats from chewing on the leaves of the plants, mist the leaves and then spray or sprinkle cayenne pepper.
  • Hang small bamboo plants in places where the cat cannot reach them.
  • Keep a pot of regular grass for the cat to play with. By doing this, the feline attention won’t be directed to other plants inside the house.
  • Learn about other plant types that are poisonous to your cat. That way, you will not have problems with cat poisoning.

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