is bamboo toxic for cats

Bamboo. Unless you’ve got an atrium or a courtyard, it’s probably best to go for the small, potted bamboo plants; however, bamboo not only creates an exotic aesthetic while serving as a detoxifier, it is also safe for cats and dogs.

What plants are toxic to cats? Stay away from lucky bamboo.

According to The Practical Planter, lucky bamboo, also known as Dracaena sanderiana, is actually more akin to a lily than true bamboo because it can grow in water instead of soil, which is where true bamboo grows. It isn’t even related to true bamboo.

Most of the bamboo sold as houseplants are lucky bamboo plants that are very toxic to cats and other pets. The plants may also be referred to as a money tree, ribbon plant, dragon tree, corn plant, or cornstalk plant, according to Backyard Garden Lover.Article continues below advertisement

Although it is uncommon for a cat to die after consuming a lucky bamboo plant, it could make them extremely ill, so you should take them to the vet right away. A lucky bamboo plant poisoning can manifest as diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, convulsions, shallow breathing, weakness, respiratory distress, and appetite loss.

There are other bamboo lookalikes that are toxic to cats, but the lucky bamboo is arguably the most common. For example, cats cannot consume heavenly bamboo, also known as sacred bamboo or Nandina domestica. The heavenly bamboo plant’s shoots are said to contain taxiphyllin, which can poison cats with cyanide, according to Backyard Garden Lover. Article continues below advertisement.

Is bamboo toxic to cats?

True bamboo is not toxic to cats. According to The Practical Planter, there are over 1,000 species of true bamboo that range from dwarf size to 100 feet tall. Most of the true bamboo species are not toxic to cats.

Among the bamboo species that cats can safely handle are:

  • Golden bamboo
  • Fish pole bamboo
  • Bamboo vine
  • Good luck palm
  • Reed palm
  • Bamboo palm.
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But that “lucky bamboo” houseplant you received as a gift or purchased from the store isn’t actually bamboo, and if your cat eats it, it could be fatal.

Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has consumed lucky bamboo or any other type that you believe may be toxic. Normally, toxicity is mild to moderate, but in rare cases, it can cause a coma or even death. Some common signs of ingestion:

Lucky bamboo is actually a kind of flowering plant called Dracaena Sanderiana, not bamboo itself. There are toxic “bamboo” house plants and non-toxic ones.

Here is a site that lists what types of house “bamboo” are safe and which are toxic.

Given the recent excitement surrounding lucky bamboo, I wanted to warn pet owners who may be considering purchasing lucky bamboo or who may have already done so.


What happens if my cat eats bamboo?

For true Bambusoideae species of bamboo, it is non toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Fun fact: Foliage of bamboo can contain up to 22% protein, so it’s even good for them! Protein content varies from species to species and even varies depending on the age of the leaves.

Is bamboo plant cat friendly?

Many common plants are poisonous to pets, but bamboo is not one of them. Bamboo is non-toxic to dogs, cats or horses. If your pet encounters a poisonous plant, through ingestion or topical contact, you should be prepared with an emergency kit to treat potential serious effects.

Is bamboo scent toxic to cats?

True bamboo is a subfamily called Bambusoideae. This is considered a safe plant to keep or grow around pets, including cats and dogs.

Are bamboo leaves poisonous?

The leaves of bamboo plants are poisonous and it is recommended that only the young shoots be eaten. It is also the biggest type of grass. In good conditions, a bamboo plant can grow up to 2 inches per day.