Potential Danger Alert: Is Baby’s Breath Toxic to Your Feline Friends?


As pet owners, we want to protect our furry friends from harm as much as possible. But sometimes, we may not be aware of hidden dangers that could be lurking in our homes. One such danger is Baby’s Breath, a popular filler flower commonly used in floral arrangements. While it may seem benign and harmless, it can actually be quite toxic to your feline friends.

Toxicity of Baby’s Breath

Baby’s Breath (scientifically known as Gypsophila paniculata) is a flowering plant that contains toxic compounds known as saponins. These substances can cause a range of symptoms in felines, from mild irritation to severe poisoning.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, there have been reported cases of cats ingesting Baby’s Breath and suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and even difficulty breathing. In severe cases, it can lead to organ failure and death.

Symptoms of Poisoning

If you suspect that your cat may have ingested Baby’s Breath, it’s important to act quickly. Symptoms of poisoning can manifest within hours of ingestion, and can be serious if left untreated. Common symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures

If you notice any of these symptoms in your feline friend, seek veterinary care immediately.


The best way to protect your cat from Baby’s Breath toxicity is to avoid bringing this flower into your home. If you’re a florist or work in a flower shop, consider using safe alternatives such as eucalyptus, ferns or limonium. You can also take steps to ensure that your cat doesn’t have access to the flower. Keep floral arrangements out of reach, and consider using a closed-door room if necessary.

If you suspect that your cat may have ingested Baby’s Breath, act quickly by contacting your veterinarian. They may induce vomiting or administer activated charcoal to prevent absorption of the toxins. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.


Baby’s Breath may seem like a harmless and pretty little flower, but it can be toxic to your feline friends. Understanding the potential dangers of this plant and taking steps to avoid exposure can help keep your furry companion safe and healthy.