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Are your plants poisonous to your cat?

by Twila on September 15, 2015

Are your plants poisonous to your cat?

Everyone decorates their home with many beautiful plant and flowers to make their home more welcoming and inviting. But It’s in a cat’s nature to be curious and may play, chew, or sniff plants and if there are poisonous those actions can lead to harming them. Such as inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach etc.

Plants that are poisonous to your cat:

Amaryllis

Autumn Crocus

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Castor Bean

Chrysanthemum

Cyclamen

English Ivy

Kalanchoe

Lilies

Marijuana

Oleander

Peace Lily

Pothos

Sago Palm

Spanish thyme

Tulip and Narcissus bulbs

Yew

If your cat has come in contact with these plants, be on the look for the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling or troubling with swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drinking of water or urinating (kidney problem)
  • Irregular heart beat

Immediate Attention

In the event that your cat is demonstrating any of these symptoms bring your cat to the vet ASAP! If only 1-2 hours has pass and you’re not sure if your pet has come in contact with the plant, you can try to wash your cat with warm water and mild soap. If need to you can contact the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-855-213-6680 but when in doubt call your vet. To better assist your vet, have the name of the plant and if possible a sample.

Prevention

Remember that your cat can jump up on a lot of high surface so instead of moving the poisonous plant to another area, just get rid of it or keep it in a closed area that your kitty cant access. There are a lot of beautiful plants out there that you can use to decorate your home without harming your beloved fur baby. You can also purchase your cat their own plant to nibble on and play with that won’t hurt them at all. You can find these at your local pet specially stores.

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