What Bonsai Trees Are Harmful To Cats?
- Black tarry stool
- Fluid accumulation in the abdomen
Other Poisonous Bonsai Trees
- Norfolk Island Pine
- Baby Jade
- Ambrosia Mexicana
- Australian Ivy Palm
- Cardboard Palm
- Coontie Palm
- Fern Palm
- Giant Dracaena
- Australian Pine
- Buddhist Pine
The Fig bonsai, an extremely common species of tree that is harmless to humans but can be poisonous to cats if consumed. This tree is from Asian origins is often grown indoors, meaning it could come in contact easily with cats.
What To Do If You Think Your Cat Has Been Poisoned By A Bonsai Tree?
If you see missing foliage in your bonsai or your cat is showing some of the symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting and diarrhea, it’s extremely important to contact your vet straight away. The ASPCA has a poisoning helpline at 1-888-426-4435. I would contact them straight away once the symptoms are clear and explain exactly what species of bonsai has been eaten. They should be in direct contact with your vet practice and provide all the advise needed.
For less serious cases, treatments such as antibiotics and potentially changing diet for a few weeks as the cat starts recovering might be enough. Still, if your cat has consumed any of a bonsai tree, poisonous or not, if the symptoms are there you MUST contact a vet. Cats are so precious and there is no need taking risks by not acting on this straight away.
Keeping Your Cat Away From Your Bonsai Tree
Cats are pretty notorious for going wherever they want to get to so it can be really hard to keep them away from your potentially poisonous bonsai tree. With that said, there are a lot of people that manage to own both a cat and a bonsai tree so there must be a way.
I have a friend with both a small bonsai collection and a cat. Although he doesn’t believe any of his trees would do any harm to his cat, nor that his cat has even seemed very interested in his bonsai collection, they are separated. His bonsai collection is grown in this outdoor structure that can only be described as a make-shift greenhouse, I must take a picture of it and update this next time I’m over.
His cat obviously cannot get to the bonsai trees and therefore cannot consume them. From deep diving into old forum entries, the general consensus is that cats tended to not care for bonsai trees and showed absolutely no interest in eating them. Obviously I would advise still airing caution when they’re both living together but most people were reporting that their cat never went near their bonsai collection, poisonous or not.
Personally I kept a Ficus, that comes under the poisonous to cats list, at my partners house for a few weeks when I was out of town a few years back. Her cat showed no interest in even going near it, let alone actually digesting the thing.