Spring is in the air! While most of us can’t wait to ditch the cabin fever and breathe some life back into our homes, it’s important to know how to cultivate a safe environment for our cats as well. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of a few everyday plants that are toxic to our cat companions:
We all recognize the lily as an Easter time favorite, but the toxicity of this plant in cats ranges from moderate to severe. Unfortunately, lilies can even be fatal. Some signs to watch for are loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, seizures, and inappropriate urination or thirst.
There are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons/azaleas with toxicities that range from mild to severe. Some signs to watch for are drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and heart rhythms, weakness, tremors, depression, blindness, seizures, and coma.
Poinsettias are another popular holiday plant that are poisonous to cats. Some signs to watch for are drooling, licking the lips, dermal irritation (i.e. redness, swelling, or itchiness), vomiting, and diarrhea.
Often used as ornamental houseplants, the sago palm is one of the most toxic plants to cats. Signs to watch for are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal swelling and/or pain, jaundice, black stools, and death.
If you suspect that your kitty has ingested one of these plants, then bring them to the vet right away. The sooner they are seen by a veterinarian, the better the chances are that the poisoning can be treated. Keep in mind that there are many other plants that are poisonous to cats that aren’t on this list. For a complete list of plants that are toxic to pets, visit http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/.
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