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Keep Your Pet Safe: Plants That Are Poisonous To Cats
Some Plants Are Toxic To Cats
Many pet-lovers pamper their beloved cats but never realize they could be putting them in danger with the house and garden plants they grow.
Cats love to play among and nibble on plants, but many of them are toxic or harmful -- even common ones.
Learn which plants to avoid growing, and avert a tragey.
Although the specific toxin involved has yet to be identified, lilies are highly toxic to cats. One taste of a leaf or even a little bit of lily pollen is enough to cause vomiting and potentially send your cat into kidney failure.
Lilies are beautiful flowers, but not worth it if you have cats!
Asparagus Fern is a common houseplant, popular for its clouds of green leaves, but beware having in your house if you have cats. The berries it produces will cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Although not usually fatal, it will certainly make your pet very sick.
Sago Palm has become a common houseplant in recent years. The seed pod is the most poisonous part of the plant, but the entire plant is toxic to cats. If ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and eventual liver failure.
These pretty little flowers bloom through the winter and are always found in supermarkets during the holiday season.
The upper part of the plant can cause vomiting it eat, but is usually not fatal. However, if your pet manages to dig up and eat the tubers, it may cause heart problems, seizure, and death.
Aloe is a common staple of kitchen windowsills, for its easy maintenance, pretty leaves, and use as an emergency burn remedy.
Fortunately, this plant is so bitter it's unlikely your pet will eat much of it. However, it can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal distress if consumed.
Plants in the Dracena family are usually not fatal, but will cause your cat to vomit blood, stagger around as if drunk, and lose their appetites. Fortunately, the symptoms usually disappear within about 48 hours without need for medical intervention.
I was surprised to find out how MANY plants are toxic to cats. Far too many to ever list in this hub, although I have tried to cover the most commonly encountered ones.
For a full list of poisonous plants, look here. Although you many never be able to fully protect your cat -- at least not if it is allowed outdoors -- you can certainly minimize the risks.
Also, if you provide your pet with a small pot of sprouted wheatgrass, it will probably be happy to munch on that instead, and leave all your houseplants alone.
What to do in case of poisoning
If you suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, call your vet immediately. The vet will probably want to know which plant it was exposed to, so be ready to provide identification, or if you don't know, try to take a photo of the offending plant so the vet can see it.
Here's to keeping our pets safe, healthy, and happy!