No, cats should never eat Aglaonema. Chinese Evergreens, also called Aglaonema are poisonous to not only cats but also dogs and horses.
But what exactly makes them toxic and what should you do to protect your cat or other pets?
The Aglaonema or Chinese evergreen is the name of a specific genus of the subtropical and tropical flowering plants from the Arum family, the Araceae, which are native to Asia and New Guinea. It is a relative of plants like the Swiss cheese plant, the Jack-in-the-pulpit- Dumb canes, Taro, Monstera, the heart of Jesus, laceleaf, and the Philodendron.
The Chinese evergreen in particular is very toxic to both cats and dogs. This toxicity is caused by its insoluble calcium oxalate, which causes pets to experience symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, excessive drooling, swelling of lips, tongue, or the whole mouth, oral irritation, and considerable pain.
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The Aglaonema plants are not only poisonous to cats, but also to humans. Someone ingesting it by mistake could suffer from mucous membrane irritation while touching your skin might lead to painful rashes and irritation on your skin.
The Aglaonema plants are usually very interesting in the eyes of cats, with their different color variations and colorful leaves and foliage. You can find them in all shapes and forms, from pink veined to patterned or variegated leaves, to green ones with red rims. They also come in a multitude of colors, from silvery grey to creamy white and so on.
These plants are used by some people as luck talismans while some particular species, like the Aglaonema Mdestum are known to be great against formaldehyde and benzene air toxins inside homes. There are a lot of practical reasons for having these plants inside your house.
Even so, having both this plant and a cat inside your house might require some planning to prevent accidental ingestions of parts of the plant by the pet. There are a few ways of preventing anything bad from happening and I’ll go through all of them below.
The methods above aren’t made specifically to prevent your cat from reaching your Aglaonema and will work to keep your cats away from any other house or garden plants. Will even work with full flowerbeds as well.
If you really want to get yourself a Chinese evergreen but also have pets like horses, cats, or dogs around your house, then the best idea would be to keep the plant inside a plant terrarium or find an alternative to the plant that is more pet-friendly.
Never ignore the signs of possible poisoning with aglaonema, because these can leave life-long side effects on the pet’s health. The most common symptoms will be reduced appetite, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, oral pain, pawing, or drooling.