Frequently (and not so frequently) Asked Questions
BRIEF: What plant has the common name of Zebra Plant, and could it have caused Leukemia?
What plant has the common name of Zebra Plant?
At least three different plants have this common name: Aphelandra squarrosa, Calathea zigris and Cryptanthus zonatus. I am not sure which one you have, but a number of list for pets and birds list Zebra plant as safe. I don't know which Zebra plant they refer to. maybe yours, maybe not. I don't know what they did for your cat, but $3000 seems like a lot of medicine!
A beautiful, but our cat Murphy chewed on the leaves, and became real sick. We rushed him to the vet, they referred him to the pet emergency hospital, $3,000 later, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Could this have been caused by the Zebra Plant?
It is unlikely that chewing on a plant would cause instant leukemia, although most house plants are toxic. The more common ones cause a lot of pain and swelling of the mouth and GI problems. I am not saying your zebra plant didn't cause the problem, because I have no way of knowing which plant it was and I know little about these three species, anyway. Feline leukemia is usually passed cat to cat. One would expect a dying cat to be lethargic.