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Don’t Let Your Cat Eat Lucky Bamboo

Ask the Expert: Is Lucky Bamboo poisonous to cats?
Have received a Lucky Bamboo plant, need to know if it will make my cats sick—since they believe plants are there to be eaten. Dallas

Plant Expert Reply:

According to the ASPCA Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo or ribbon plant) can be harmful to cats.  If ingested, it causes dilated pupils, abdominal pain, increased heart-rate and drooling.  Cats who ingest lucky bamboo will show signs of depression, no appetite, drooling, vomiting, incoordination and weakness.  If you think your cat has ingested lucky bamboo, call your veterinarian for recommendations on how to handle the toxin.

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  1. Heather Combs says:

    If the bamboo plant is ingested by a cat, do u recommend any solutions?

  2. Call your vet. They may want the cat to throw up the lucky bamboo or they may have something they can give the cat to combat any adverse reactions.

  3. Elizabeth Williams says:

    What can I do to my leaves to help my plant to keep growing after my cats have chewed on it..

  4. Jamie Woods says:

    There isn’t much you can do for the leaves, except trim them. Keep in mind that Lucky Bamboo can be harmful to cats, so you will want to move it to a location out of their reach if possible and contact your vet if they appear to be having adverse side effects.

  5. Elizabeth Williams says:

    I have moved my plant, but I’m wondering if there is a certain way I need to trim them to make sure they keep growing and not kill them.

  6. Jamie Woods says:

    Make sure to sterilize your scissors or shears with rubbing alcohol prior to cutting the leaves. Then use the natural shape of the leaves to trim off the damage. Only trim off the damaged parts and try to avoid cutting into the green healthy part of the leaves too much. If you need to remove the entire leaf, cut if off where the leaf base meets the stem of your bamboo.

  7. Elizabeth Williams says:

    Thanks I’ll try that.

  8. Adam pilon says:

    Thanks for not doing your research lucky bamboo is not poisonous to cats or dogs coming from the spca website . I also have a cat and would know this

  9. Jamie Woods says:

    Hey Adam!
    Thanks for your comment. Though Lucky Bamboo is not listed by its common name on the ASPCA list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants, it is a member of the Dracaena species, which is known to be harmful to dogs and cats. This link will give you some more information: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/dracaena

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