When it comes to looking out for potential hazards that may affect your precious feline, flowers probably aren’t something that come to mind. Beautiful to look at and sweet smelling, they are a great addition to any home or backyard. However, their enticing nature also makes them very tempting for any animals that may happen to wander by, including your cat. While there are plenty of plants and flowers that are perfectly safe for your furbaby to come into contact with, there are others that are extremely toxic.
The degree of toxicity of plants and flowers can vary, as can your cat’s reaction to it. This is largely determined by how great the exposure to the poison is, and the size and health of your pet. Many toxic plants are irritants and cause problems such as itching and inflammation. However, others may affect the major organs and systems in the body.
Unfortunately, because your feline loves to climb and explore, keeping toxic flowers away from her is extremely difficult. We highly recommend that you identify all plants and flowers in your home and backyard, to ensure that aren’t going to put your pet in harm’s way. If possible, also speak to your neighbors and make them aware if they have any plants or flowers in their garden that could make local cats, including yours, unwell.
What are the most common plants that are toxic to felines?
There are a wide range of plants and flowers that have some degree of toxicity to felines. These include:
- Aloe Vera
- Autumn Crocus
- Azaleas and Rhododendrons
- Bird of Paradise
- Bleeding Hearts
- Castor Bean
- Flamingo Flowers
- Morning Glory
- Sago palm
Symptoms of plant or flower poisoning in pets
The effects of your feline coming into contact with a poisonous plant or flower can vary widely, and may depend on whether she has simply brushed up against it or whether she has consumed small or large quantities of the leaves, flowers, soil or even the water the plant is standing in.
Mild symptoms that may indicate that your feline is having a reaction to a plant or flower include:
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Swollen paws
- Loss of appetite
- Persistent scratching
- Skin irritation at the site where your cat has come into contact with the offending plant
If you notice that your pet has any of these symptoms and you believe that they may be experiencing a reaction to a plant or flower that they have come into contact with, you should make an appointment with our vet so that your kitty can get checked out. If her symptoms are very severe – such as persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea, weight loss, labored breathing etc., then seek an emergency appointment with a vet near you, like Richland Animal Clinic.
Here at Richland Animal Clinic, Nashville, TN, our dedicated team of experienced professionals are committed to outstanding quality veterinary care. If you are located in Nashville and are looking for a vet near you, we would be delighted for you to register your pet with us. For further advice on harmful flowers for felines or other hazardous substances, please do not hesitate to contact us.