Are Bamboo Plants Poisonous To Cats?

You may have recently planted or thinking about planting some Bamboo plants in your yard and might be wondering…Are Bamboo Plants Poisonous To Cats? 

Well, you are in luck because although many plants that you may have around your house are poisonous and toxic to your cat, thankfully the Bamboo plant is not one of them.

A cat eating the fresh green leaves of bamboo

What Is The Bamboo Plant?

According to, Bamboo belongs to the Bambusoideae subfamily of the perennial evergreen grass family Poaceae (Gramineae). Yes, contrary to popular belief bamboo is actually a type of grass, crazy right?

Bamboo, however, is very important to the endangered rainforests of the world thanks to its wonderful ability to grow at astonishing rates. This allows for Bamboo to become a forest itself if left growing.

Because of this, it is important to remember that although bamboo is great looking and look cool as a backdrop in the yard and even give you some added privacy, it can grow so fast that it can be hard to manage the growth over time. It is important to plan ahead when planting bamboo around the house.

What Will Happen If My Cat Eats Bamboo?

When growing outside bamboo will quickly be all over the place thanks to its fast growth rate and sometimes cats will tend to chew on the ends of the bamboo as it may feel good on their teeth. If your cat happens to swallow some bamboo there is likely nothing to worry about as bamboo is basically a thick grass and has nothing in it that is toxic.

The only danger to bamboo is that is may be difficult to chew and your cat could have a hard time digesting it. You should really just worry about the other common outdoor plants that could be hiding in between the bamboo.

Common Poisonous Plants To Watch For

What To Do If My Cat Eats A Poisonous Plant?

If your cat happens to eat one of the poisonous plants above it is important to find out the type of plant it was that they ingested. If they aren’t showing symptoms right away it is best to wait for at least 6 to 12hrs to see if anything happens. Sometimes giving your cat milk after eating a poisonous plant can help lessen the effects of the toxins.

If your cat starts to show symptoms of plant toxicity. It is best to call (888) 426-4435 or visit the Pet Poison Hotline Website. After doing so you should call or visit your local Veterinarian for expert consultation and treatment.

Treatment of Plant Poisoning in Cats could include starting an IV and giving fluids and medication, Gastric Lavage(Pumping of stomach contents), giving Activated Charcoal which helps absorb the toxins in the GI tract, and a hospital stay for a day or two. 


I hope you have learned everything and more when it comes to Bamboo Plants and Cats.

Remember that Bamboo Plants are not toxic to cats at all but they can be hard to chew and digest if shallowed by your cat and that if planting bamboo outside be mindful that they can grow and spread out of control quickly so proper planning is needed.

Thanks and Have a Good Day!


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