are peace lily plants safe for cats

Is Peace Lily Toxic to Cats, Dogs, and Humans? FAQs

A: If you put your peace lily in an area that your cat cannot reach, you can keep them away from it. This can be an elevated shelf or a hanging planter. Alternatively, place the plant in a room that is off-limits to your cat.

Peace Lilies Are Toxic to Kids & Adults: Safety Measures

Remove the peace lily plant from the reach of inquisitive toddlers to avoid them eating it. In the event that a child inadvertently chews on a peace lily, follow these precautions:

  • Clean the mouth and use water to remove any remaining plant material.
  • Eat frozen treats or ice chips to reduce swelling, pain, or irritation in your mouth.
  • Contact your physician/pediatrician or call poison control.

Wearing gloves is important when caring for your peace lily to avoid unpleasant side effects in adults. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or face, especially after cleaning or repotting the plant.

Peace Lilies And Your Cat

peace lily cats If you suspect your cat has been poisoned, you can call the Animal Poisons Centre for FREE advice on 1300 869 738 (from Australia) or 0800 869 738 (from New Zealand).

The Peace Lily, or Spathiphyllum sp, is a common indoor flowering plant in the Araceae family. If is often grown indoors or in heavily shaded areas due to its ability to thrive in low light conditions. Given its has a similar common name to the Lily, many cat owners are concerned about having this plant grow in or around their house. Indeed, Liles in the Lilium and Hemerocallis genus are extremely toxic to cats. There have been case reports of cats grooming their coat after simply brushing past Lilium or Hemerocallis flowers and subsequently developing life-threatening poisoning with kidney failure.


What happens if my cat eats peace lily?

Rarely, affected tissues can become swollen which in severe cases can lead to swelling of the upper airway and problems breathing. Insoluble oxalates will not damage a cat’s kidneys, which is the main concern with Lilium exposures.

How do I keep my cat away from my peace lily?

Try homemade solutions: Spraying a mixture of water and white vinegar around the plant may be a safe deterrent due to its off-putting scent for cats. You can also put tin foil around your peace lily plant pot. There’s just something about cats and foil that really foils their naughty plans.

Can I have lilies in the house with a cat?

The entire lily plant is toxic: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase. Eating just a small amount of a leaf or flower petal, licking a few pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or drinking the water from the vase can cause your cat to develop fatal kidney failure in less than 3 days.

Which lilies are not toxic to cats?

However, not all lilies are poisonous to cats, while some species such as Calla, Peace and Peruvian lilies do not cause kidney damage, but can still cause irritation and gastrointestinal signs if ingested. To avoid your cat coming to any harm, it is a good idea to cat-proof your garden.