My Cat Ate Bamboo What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 01/07/21 •  3 min read
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Do you have a pretty bamboo plant in your home? Has your kitty eaten some of the leaves? If so, then you may want to read this article. The reason is that some bamboo is not toxic to cats, while other types are toxic. How confusing is that?

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We’ll help take away the confusion, so you have a better understanding about which types of bamboo are toxic for cats.

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is actually not just one single plant; instead, bamboo is a wide variety of plants that are in the Bambusoideae grass family. While most bamboos like to live in warm, moist tropical environments, they can be found in even cooler mountain areas!

Bamboos are one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, which makes them a sustainable plant. In fact, certain types of bamboo are used as food, to make kitchenware, used as fuel, to create fabric, and even to make furniture or in construction.

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

But is bamboo safe for cats? The answer is that it depends.

Bamboo & Cats

According to the ASPCA, bamboo is not toxic to cats. However, if you look closely, they only mention one type of bamboo. This is the bamboo that has the scientific name Phyllostachys aurea. This bamboo also goes by other names including Golden Bamboo or Fishpole Bamboo.

What about other types of bamboo? There are many different varieties of bamboo, some of which are safe for cats, while others are toxic to cats. So, if you have a bamboo plant, it’s a good idea to learn the plant’s scientific name. You can then compare it with this list of bamboo plants that are toxic to cats.

Bamboos Toxic to Cats

Bamboos Safe for Cats

Symptoms of Bamboo Toxicity in Cats

Depending on the type and amount of bamboo eaten, you may notice these symptoms in your cat:

If you know for sure or suspect that your cat has eaten a toxic type of bamboo plant, then it’s best to call the vet right away. And in most cases, your cat should be OK, unless they’ve eaten huge amounts of the toxic plant. In that case, with prompt medical treatment, your cat has an excellent chance of a full recovery.

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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