Indoor flowers and plants are wonderful! When it is windy and gray outside the window for most of the year, home «tropics» save you from melancholy and melancholy. Cats also really like to wander through the home jungle and – where without it-to taste them. But only if a cat lives in your house, the choice of plants should be under very strict control. What indoor plants are dangerous for cats? At least 13 of them need to be known «by sight». Are you ready?
Why do cats eat indoor plants?
Cats love to taste indoor plants. They do this for the same reason that they eat grass: they try to clear the stomach of wool or quench their thirst in an original way. If a cat eats «greens» too often, it is possible that she has an unbalanced diet, she lacks vitamins or her eating behavior is changed. It is better to discuss this issue with a veterinarian.
One thing is for sure: if you have a cat, then all the plants in the house should be safe for her. Even if your pet has never tried to chew flowers, you have no guarantee that she will not decide to do it tomorrow. And what will be the consequences? Some plants can lead to a slight digestive disorder. Others can cause convulsions, paralysis and, if urgent help is not provided, the death of the pet.
Poisonous indoor plants for cats
If you are a florist only in the soul, but in practice you do not really want to understand the characteristics of plants, get yourself an iron rule. Before buying each plant, be interested not only in the degree of its unpretentiousness, but also in compatibility with the cat. What if the pet tastes it? Can it do any harm? Be sure to check this information with an expert, and at the same time with a veterinarian, so that you can be sure. This is not an unnecessary precaution, but a mandatory step of a responsible owner. In your hands is the health and life of the most important anti-stress in your life-the cat!
The task of selecting plants will be facilitated by our list. Print it out and hang it on the refrigerator-well, or put it in your favorite book on floriculture. If you are the owner of a cat, these plants should not be in your house!
Especially dangerous plants
Plants from this list can lead to life-threatening conditions.
- Azalea A poisonous alkaloid (andromedotoxin glycoside), which is contained in this flower, can lead to convulsions, suffocation, cardiac arrest.
- Begonia Oxalic acid, which is very much in this flower, leads to a burn of the mucous membranes and swelling of the larynx.
- Dieffenbachia This popular plant causes severe burns of the mucous membranes and poisoning. There are many cases when cats who have tasted dieffenbachia have died.
- Dracaena Severe vomiting and swelling of the larynx – that’s what will happen to your pet if he tries this beautiful flower.
- Oleander It causes a variety of conditions: from disruption of the gastrointestinal tract to cardiac arrest.
- Pachypodium It can lead to cardiac arrest.
- Peperomia Chewing the leaves of this plant leads to acute heart failure and impaired coordination of movements.
- Fatsia japonica (Paperplant or Japanese aralia) Disrupts the activity of the nervous system.
- Ficus, euphorbia, poinsettia All these plants can lead to consequences of varying degrees of complexity: from an allergic reaction to blindness (if they get into the eyes) and damage to the nervous system.
- Philodendron It causes a burn of the oral mucosa and swelling of the larynx.
- Cyclamen Cats love to dig up and chew the tubers of this plant. And they are the most dangerous ones. The juice of the plant, once in the cat’s body, can cause a rapid cardiac arrest.
The following plants will not lead to cardiac arrest, but they can provoke an allergic reaction, severe diarrhea and vomiting:
- Uzambar violet (Senpolia)
Aloe and kalanchoe are safe for cats. But they contain a lot of bitterness, which causes cats to drool profusely.
We have not listed all the dangerous plants. But these are the most popular flowers that you will definitely meet in a specialized store. Be careful!
Poisonous flowers for cats
In addition to indoor plants, the danger for a cat can be represented by that beautiful bouquet that was given to you for your holiday or just for no reason. Such a pleasant and seemingly harmless thing can turn into a struggle for the life of a pet. We have prepared a list of popular colors that are better to immediately peredarit or put in a place where the cat will not get them under any circumstances.
- Lilies of the Valley
It would be great if we had a compact universal list of dangerous plants. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of such plants. In addition, a particular cat may have an individual reaction to any component of any flower.
As the most caring cat breeders in the world, it remains for you to be attentive, inventive and always keep your finger on the pulse (and the phone number of a trusted expert in your notebook). And we wish your indoor plants and cats to be friends — and reduce your stress level for many, many years!
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