Harmful plants in cats

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Efreya Waitecker

In our homes and gardens we tend to have all sorts of ornamental plants, and in general we don't usually take into account that many of them can be harmful to cats. Some can be irritating to their skin or can cause gastrointestinal problems if ingested.

Depending on the plant, it may be that for cats the fruit, leaves, stems, flowers orseeds, and while some may only cause mild indigestion, others can cause much more serious problems. It is important to know which plants in our environment may pose a risk to our felines so that we can take the most appropriate precautions.

Cats do not usually nibble too much on plants for no apparent reason. The main reason our cat will nibble on plants for no apparent reason.If a cat is thirsty and has no water available, it may try to get it from the tender stems of our ornamental plants. Another reason could be stress, either by change of residence, lack of space or some other behavioral reason.

In any case, if we see that our cat eats or nibbles plants for no apparent reason,we should take him to the vet to rule out any underlying problems.The symptoms that intoxicated cats present are not easy to identify, nor is it trivial to know how much has been ingested.

There are a lot of plants that can be toxic, although most likely our cat will not try to eat any of them.Some of the most dangerous ones that arecommonly found in gardens are:

  • Leaves. Holly, rhododendron, azalea and potos
  • Flowers. Rhododendron and azalea
  • Seeds. Holly, ipomea and castor bean
  • Fruits. Holly and mistletoe
  • Roots. Ipomea and cyclamen
  • Bulbs. Amaryllis, hyacinth and tulip
  • All parts. Oleander, caladium, cliva miniata, croton, diphenbatia, lily,philodendron, poinsettia, ivy (especially the fruits), daffodil, yew, and Adam's rib (except the fruits)
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The author of this blog is a lifelong animal lover with a passion for writing. She has years of experience working with animals, both in zoos and in private homes, and she brings that knowledge to her writing. Whether she's writing about training your dog or the best way to care for your cat, her goal is always to provide accurate and helpful information.