Can Cats Eat Ivy? No.

Can Cats Eat Ivy? No.

Can Cats Eat Ivy?

We love our pets so much, they’re like family. We let them sleep in our bed, share the sofa with us, and even sneak them some chicken off our plate.

So when a pet gets ill, it’s a really tough time. My cat recently got ill because she ate some ivy. Can cats eat ivy? Absolutely not. I found out the answer to this question the hard way. Who knew there were a whole list of plants that are poisonous to cats?!

It turns out that cats can’t eat lots of plants, including lilies, ivy, aloe vera. And how do I now know this?

How it Began

We first noticed that our cat Lily wasn’t eating her food. We put it down to the food being stale as the resealable pouch had been broken, so we bought her some new food which she didn’t eat either. I’d put it down to her being fussy.

She still had an appetite and would just about eat some of her wet food. I phoned the vets to ask their advice. They asked how long it had been since she’d eaten. It had been two days, so they asked me to bring her in straight away.

She’d lost 10% of her bodyweight, which is a huge amount, in about a week. She was severely dehydrated. Straight away she had blood tests done.

Can cats eat ivy? No. Long string of English ivy against a window

The Results

The blood test results were in really quickly, and her liver functioning levels were sky high. We inferred that she must have eaten something, but what? She’s an indoor cat. The only thing I could think of was my ivy plant in the bathroom. She’d managed to poison herself.

She had further injections, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, which of course is where the high cost comes from.

This is why it’s so important to have cat insurance. Without it, we would have paid £250 all because Miss Lily decided to turn vegetarian. We only had to pay the excess of £100 instead. So after 4 trips to the vet, she’s all better now.

Pets can get ill in all sorts of ways that you wouldn’t image. Lily’s an indoor cat, so she’s quite sheltered but still managed to make herself ill! You also need to protect against bigger illnesses, like cancer, joint problems, etc.

We bought the best insurance for Lily. Pets are so important to us Brits, so make sure they can get the care they need when they need it!

lily cat asleep on the sofa


If you notice that you pet isn’t eating or drinking, there’s more than likely a reason for it, so get them to the vets ASAP.

Research what houseplants are and aren’t dangerous for different animals. Dogs react differently to cats, so research depending on what pet you have.

Call a helpline first. Our insurance providers have a free help and advice services. They’re available 24/7 and can give advice over the phone before you call the vets.

Get a good, comprehensive insurance that insures you against accidents, as well as illness. One of the best insurance providers I’ve come across is Argos Pet Insurance and they have worked out that the average broken bone costs around £1,507. Cats get up to all sorts of mischief, climbing on top of windows, or on staircase banisters. This could be a pricey accident!  

Argos Pet Insurance reckon that sudden weight loss can cost around £462 to work out what’s causing the weight loss and also to fix the problem.

So, the question is can cats eat ivy? Absolutely not. Learn from my experiences, and save yourself £250!

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