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Which are the poisonous plants for cats?

(March 9, 2010)

Most plants can be hazardous to cats as they can have severe effects on the gastrointestinal system. If a cat is suspected to have eaten a poisonous plant, it is important to consult a veterinarian immediately. There are many poisonous plants for cats, some of which are listed below.

Lilies are known to be hazardous for cats, as are aloe vera and arrow-head vines. Sometimes, only certain parts of the plant may be dangerous for cats such as the roots, leaves, seeds, berries or spouts. In other cases, the entire plant may prove to be poisonous. Aloe vera contains saponins which are known to result in vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anorexia and depression in cats. There may also be noticeable changes in the color of the urine. The arrow-head vine consists of insoluble calcium oxates which can lead to vomiting, problems in swallowing, burning sensation on the tongue and lips and excessive drooling. The cat is likely to experience intense oral irritation after ingesting this plant. Other plants that can result in negative health effects in cats include amaryllis which results in stomach upsets and vomiting, azalea which causes tremors, a lack of coordination and even collapse, cactus which can lead to infection and punctures of the skin, caladium which can cause nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, head tremors and breathing problems, creeping Charlie which is known to result in abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, easter lily which causes kidney damage, dieffenbachia which can have an adverse effect on the nervous system, ivy which may lead to diarrhea, vomiting and increased excitement and mistletoe which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, mouth blisters and breathing trouble. Philodendron also results in similar ill effects as that of the caladium plant, while the side effects of poinsettia ingestion are similar to that of mistletoe.  

Cat owners who also enjoy gardening can very well create a garden of cat friendly plants. An example of a cat friendly plant is cat grass. Cats are known to naturally eat grass. This may be in order to ingest folic acid or to eliminate hair balls. Cats prefer oat grass, although wheat and other types of grass may also be grown. Seeds and kits of cat grass are available in pet supply shops. Cat grass grows very quickly and keeping pots of this plant around will prevent cats from eating other house plants. Catnip may also be grown in pots, both indoors and outdoors. It even serves as a natural pest repellent which helps to protect other plants in the garden.

Submitted by A on March 9, 2010 at 11:28


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