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What is Jade Plant Poisoning?

The exact toxic principles of the plant are currently unknown. However, jade plant poisoning is fatal for cats if left untreated. If you suspect your cat has ingested the jade plant in any quantity, you should take it to the vet immediately to ensure the best prognosis.

The jade plant is known by many names, including baby jade, jade tree, and Chinese rubber plant. This common house and garden plant can grow to be higher than six feet tall and survive for several years. Recognize the jade plant by its knobby branches and clusters of oval-shaped leaves. The leaves of some jade plants may have vibrant red tips and feel waxy or smooth to the touch.

Symptoms of Jade Plant Poisoning in Cats

Symptoms of jade plant poisoning may manifest quickly. Do not attempt to treat jade plant poisoning at home, as owners have no way of knowing the full extent of poisoning and may worsen the condition. You should consult your vet immediately as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscle function
  • Slow heart rate

Symptoms may also include signs of depression, such as:

  • Lack of grooming
  • Increased aggression
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Excessive sleeping and/or hiding

Causes of Jade Plant Poisoning in Cats

The cause of jade plant poisoning in cats is ingesting the plant. All parts of the plant are toxic. The amount of the plant your cat needs to ingest in order to become poisoned is currently unknown. The toxic principles of the plant are also unknown, though current literature suggests that the highest concentrations of toxins are found in the leaves. Cats are unlikely to ingest large quantities of poisonous plants, though it is possible that your cat can become poisoned by merely chewing on the leaves. If you have any suspicion that your cat has ingested or chewed the leaves of the jade plant, take it to the vet immediately.

Diagnosis of Jade Plant Poisoning in Cats

Call your vet ahead of time to let them know you have an emergency case of jade plant poisoning. If the jade plant is a decorative house plant, take a sample of it with you when you go. If you know approximately how much of the plant your cat ingested, provide this information to your vet. You should always tell your vet how long your cat has been experiencing symptoms.

Your vet can confirm jade plant poisoning using standard diagnostic testing. Vets most commonly use blood and urine analysis to confirm poisoning, but may also conduct additional testing based on your cat’s symptoms.

Treatment of Jade Plant Poisoning in Cats

Treatment may vary depending on how much of the jade plant your cat ingested as well as how quickly the poisoning was diagnosed and treated.

There is little information on treating jade poisoning in cats, and no antidote has been identified. However, standard procedure for plant poisoning in cats will be utilized based on your cat’s symptoms. Your vet may induce vomiting to clear the toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. If persistent vomiting is present, your vet may administer medications to reduce vomiting. Activated charcoal, which absorbs toxins in the stomach, may also be administered. Cats suffering from dehydration due to vomiting or fluid imbalances may need to undergo intravenous fluid therapy. Severe cases of poisoning may require more aggressive treatment or hospitalization.

Recovery of Jade Plant Poisoning in Cats

Recovery and prognosis of jade plant poisoning will vary on a case-by-case basis. Many animals recover from plant poisoning within twenty-four hours as long as it is diagnosed and treated quickly. However, this may not be the case for jade plant poisoning, especially in severe cases. Your vet can advise you on a recovery plan based on your cat’s condition.

If your cat ingested the jade plant outdoors, you may want to limit or monitor its outdoor activity to avoid future cases of poisoning. You should always research plants before making any purchases to make sure they do not contain any substances that are toxic for your cat.

If you purchased or grew the jade plant as a house plant, remove it from the home immediately, rather than attempt to keep it out of your cat’s reach. Cats are renowned for their curious and wily natures. Never assume that your cat cannot reach a plant. Err on the side of extreme caution and do not keep any plants in your home that are toxic to cats.

Your vet usually won’t schedule follow-up appointments for mild cases of jade plant poisoning that is treated promptly. If severe poisoning or organ damage has occurred, your vet may schedule follow-up appointments on an as-needed basis to monitor healing and organ function.

Jade Plant Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mei Mei
Siamese
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My little guy MIGHT have ingested some jade plant, but I'm not even totally sure. I was moving my big jade outside and a few leaves fell off. I swept them all up and threw them out, but I came back to mei mei sniffing around the spot they had been. He's not acting super weird, and it's very rainy outside today, and he's usually a bit more slow on rainy days. Is there anything I should be looking out for?

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Mei mei
Shorthair
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My cat mei mei MIGHT have ingested jade plant. I was moving it outside and some leaves fell off. I was 100% sure I picked them all. Up, but he was sniffing around the area that they had fallen. He's not vomiting or acting super strange, seeing as how it's a rainy day and he's usually kind of slow moving on rainy days. Is there anything I should absolutely watch out for?

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Lynor
Domestic shorthair
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat throws up on occasion, and usually ​it is food, but today she threw up some mucus and what looked like ja​de leaf (my mother has a large one in the dining room. She seems okay right now, but is there anything I should look for? She would have eaten this only minutes befro​e she threw it up as she and I are spending some time in the dining room while I work.

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Dolly
Siberian forest cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Straining To Defecate
Vomiting

Hello, my cat got a bit of a taste of our jade tree on the morning of Friday, July 19th (just over a week ago), and she vomited 7- 10 times in the mid afternoon but ended up drinking and eating that evening once she was feeling better. A few days later she had mild diarrhoea but she still seemed to be herself and was eating and drinking. Now it seems like she is straining to poop and she is clearly upset because she keeps trying to go on the carpet and nothing comes out. She is still eating and drinking and has bouts of playfulness and wants lots of pets and hugs. I am hoping that her GI system is just recovering and this is part of the process.
I went to the vet and was given antibiotics as well as probiotics. He also gave her a shot of cortisone to calm her GI system. I have been unsuccessful getting the antibiotics into her and she doesn't like the probiotic powder in her food so I am not sure whats next. She seems like she is in good spirits but then she has frequent visits to the litter box without much success. She also keeps licking her bum so something's still not quite right with her and I am worried. Needless to say - I do not have a Jade tree anymore.

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Charlie
Cat
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Swollen Lymph Nodes
Uncoordinated
Blind
Refusal of food and water

Medication Used

Covenia
Sub cu fluids
prednisone

Hi. My 3 month old kitten Charlie managed to get hold of some Jade and/or anthurium plants I had on a window ledge. At least I think he did. I'm not sure if he just chewed the leaves or actually ate them and I've no idea how much - it's simply my best guess as to what happened to him.
On Monday evening I noticed him crouched hiding in a corner, Maybe sleeping- which isn't exactly normal, but sometimes he does hide and sleep. I figured he'd had enough of my kids messing with him and wanted some space. I let him alone.
Next day (Tuesday), I picked him up and it was immediately apparent he was very sick. His eyes rolled around his body was limp, he seemed to be breathing ok, but he lacked muscle control and was almost catatonic. There was no vomiting. No seizures, I immediately suspected the plants but figured it was too late ( at least 18 hours) to induce vomiting. I decided to give him eyedroppers of water and watch him. The next day - Wednesday-he was worse. Much worse. His throat was completely swollen. He refused food or water. His breathing was labored. Plus he was disoriented, largely non responsive, and had clear neurological issues- wobbly, couldn't stand or walk etc.... By this time I was sure whatever happened was very serious, and he would need to be hospitalized - but he might not make it no matter what we did. I took him to the emergency vet hospital just to see if there was anything that could be done.
The vet didn't seem to think he had been poisoned. She said it looked like a head trauma to her- but there were no obvious signs of external injury and he had a fever of 103.5- which were inconsistent with the trauma hypothesis. He had gotten out in the yard earlier in the day before onset of symptoms so it's not impossible that he could have climbed up something and fallen, but how would he have gotten back inside after such a severe injury? I also questioned my kids if they had been playing too rough or shaken him, and both swore they didn't. And they are always gentle with him, so that seemed very unlike them. Also what about the fever? Vet said that was more indicative of an infection.
Anyway, she said we couldn't definitely diagnose the cause but he was severely impaired and the prognosis wasn't good. I didn't want to spend $800 per day on hospitalization if he didn't have a good chance of survival so we opted to give him sub cu fluids, antibiotics and a steroid for the swelling in his throat, and I took him home and made him comfortable.
Later that day the swelling was down and he started lifting his head, even trying to walk. Today is Thursday. He's walking. Has taken food and water on his own and has used the litter box. But he still seems off balance, bumps into things, and doesn't seem to respond to movements or loud noises and I'm almost positive that he's blind and possibly deaf.
So now my question is does this sound like jade poisoning to anyone else? Or did he get an infection? A spider bite? Or hit his head? And what are the chances he'll recover his vision?

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Midnight
Domestic shorthair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

I had a couple of jade plant indoors. I saw Midnight (kitten) around it. Not sure if she ate any of it. No symptoms are showing at this time. No vomiting, coordination is intact, she is chasing toys, running around the room, and still playing as if nothing is wrong. Now she is eating her cat food. If she did eat any of the jade, how long until symptoms appear?

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Fizzgig
Part Siberian
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None seen

Risk or concern as a Bonsai plant leaves munched outside? I had a bonsai jade plant and gardenia out in my deck high enough I thought my cat couldn’t get at it. Just caught him munching the gardenia leaves. The Jade looks ok, not touched. Should I be worried as he might have done this before and I didn’t know. He seems fine though. Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Gardenias can cause toxicity in cats and GI upset. If Fizzgig has done this before, he may have vomited afterwards and you didn't know the reason. It would be best to move the plants where he cannot get to them, and monitor him for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of appetite.

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Lexa
Calico
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat has thrown up about 5 times in the past few days. It looks like normal vomit, just cat food in it, and I noticed she had been eating faster so I thought that might have been the issue. Then I noticed a Jade plant at my grandmas house and I think Lexi has been playing with it and biting it. She seems the same temperament, just been vomiting. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Lexa has been chewing on a jade plant, you should prevent her from having access to it in the future; it is important for her to be kept hydrated. However, vomiting is a vague symptom and may be attributable to many other possible poisons, infections, parasites among other causes. Keep an eye on Lexa, but if the vomiting continues you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nole
grey tabby
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dilated eyes and very jumpy

I'm pretty sure my cat Nole ate some of my jade plant. His eyes are dilated and he's very jumpy and his tail is moving a lot, like he is mad. No throwing up yet and I'm pretty he ate it about 24 hours ago.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Jade plants can be quite toxic to cats, and there aren't any real studies on the quantity that can cause a problem. Nole should be evaluated right away for any heart disturbance by your veterinarian. They'll be able to assess him and determine if he needs any treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Sugar
Cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

Hi There, my cat Sugar is drooling excessively. She has always drooled a drop or two when cuddled and purring (I always thought it was cute) but just today it became constant. When she wakes up from her naps I've had to wipe her chin for her! She doesn't seem to notice or even be bothered - still eating, drinking, playing, running, napping normally, etc. I literally just bought a tiny jade plant yesterday, but I don't think she's even seen it yet, as I put it in the laundry room sink to re-pot. (But there is always a chance) Should I be concerned if she has no other symptoms than drooling? Thank you for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Drooling isn’t a typical symptom of jade plant poisoning, you should be careful where you place it because it is toxic to cats; however other poisons, dental disorders, salivary gland issues among other causes may lead to increased drooling or salivation. Rinse out Sugar’s mouth and if there is no improvement (or you suspect she may have eaten some of the jade plant) visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much! I will definitely get rid of the jade plant. It is the second day and she is still drooling, so I think I will take her to the vet to get checked out. I appreciate your response.

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Cedo
Tuxedo cat
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite, vomit mucus 3 days

Medication Used

veraflox oral suspension2.5 15 mil

My cat started vomiting up white mucus foam for 3 days then stopped. I took him to the vet where they did blood work and gave him an exam. They felt no obstructions in the belly, the liver, kidney blood work was off but not overly so. We put him on antibiotics in case of infection. They wanted to do x- rays , ultra sound, Iv fluids for 2 days. My cat who was healthy i s 15 so I do not want to spend that money ( i do love him) .
I have only been able to give him frisky treats and he will lick gravy off of various foods I have tried. He walks around the house , sleeps with me and purrs with attention.
I have a jade plant in my sun room and am now thinking he could have chewed on it. I do not see evidence. I also have a lilly on the table. It has been a week of vet trips and I am worried as he is much thinner and only eating 6 friskies and gravy a day,

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1611 Recommendations
I'm sorry that this is happening with Cedo. Without having his lab values, I have a hard time commenting on what may be going on with him, but at his age, an ultrasound or x-rays would probably be a good idea, especially if your veterinarian felt that they might be necessary. He may have something going on that is correctable if caught in time. I hope that he is okay.

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