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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

  10. My cat has eatin my lucky bamboo plant and has been throwing up and not eating or drinking. Will this pass or should I have him seen by his vet?

  11. Miroslava Casiano says:

    Hi Briahna! Some bamboo species can be poisonous to cats. Hope everything is well with your furry friend! :)

  12. Mark Simmons says:

    My cat didn’t eat the bamboo leaves, more of just chewed on it. Is there anything that I can do to help my leaves be healthy again?

  13. Aynsley Broom says:

    Hi Mark,
    We have some great tips on how to care for you lucky bamboo here: https://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/flower-plant-care/plant-care/caring-for-lucky-bamboo-dracaena-sanderiana/

  14. Joseph Jones says:

    Listen LUCKY BAMBOO ISNT BAMBOO it’s a look alike and it’s just bamboo by name. Bamboo is a grass and it is all safe for cats. They enjoy it between meals but they can eat too much like you can eat too much cake and get a tummy ache. If your cat has eaten a small amount of lucky bamboo just watch them closely and if they get too ill they shouldn’t but if they do take them to the vet don’t make anyone or anything that you think has been poisoned throw up ever. It just increases the amount of poison getting into the blood because it is absorbed on its way up too. By nasal and throat linings. Just give her water and watch for signs.

  15. Belinda McCoy says:

    Thanks so much for ALL the info here. My husband just informed and showed me that our cat has been eating the leaves off my Bamboo houseplant. I have not noticed any difference in his behavior. I just brought the houseplant back in from my summer plant outing in October. I will keep an eye on my buddy and I moved the plant. Thanks a bunch!!!!

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