Lucky Bamboo Plants and Cats

Lucky bamboo is an attractive home accessory, but it poses a real danger to your cat. The plant is also known as dracaena, corn plant, cornstalk plant, ribbon plant, dragon tree or money tree. Signs of ingestion include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, lack of coordination, weakness, depression and dilated pupils. If you catch your cat snacking on a lucky bamboo plant or if your cat shows any of these symptoms, call your vet immediately.

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Lucky bamboo next to a lamp and home computer.
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Get Veterinary Help

Bring a sample of the lucky bamboo to your vet so he can determine treatment. He may use a substance such as activated charcoal to absorb the toxic material or provide other kinds of care, such as the administration of intravenous fluids. To prevent further ingestion, remove any pieces of the plant from your cat's mouth and fur and place the plant out of reach.