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Jun 25 2018

“What Plants Are Poisonous to Cats?”

Summer is finally here! 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. Here’s a list of 10 common plants that are toxic to cats.

autumn crocusAutumn Crocus

Toxicity – mild to severe

Symptoms – drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea, black tarry stool, organ damage, respiratory failure, seizures, and death

 

rhododendronAzaleas/Rhododendrons    

Toxicity – mild to severe

Symptoms –  drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and heart rhythms, low blood pressure, weakness, tremors, depression, blindness, seizures, and coma

 

cyclamenCyclamen

Toxicity – mild to moderate

Symptoms – drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate/rhythm, and seizures

 

 

daffodilsDaffodils

Toxicity – mild to moderate

Symptoms – drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, abdominal pain, and abnormal breathing

 

dieffenbachiaDieffenbachia

Toxicity – mild to moderate

Symptoms – drooling, pawing at the mouth, decreased appetite, and vomiting

 

kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Toxicity – mild to moderate, rarely severe

Symptoms – drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea

 

Easter lilyLilies    

Toxicity – moderate to severe, even fatal

Symptoms – loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and increased or decreased urination

 

marijuanaMarijuana

Toxicity – moderate to severe

Symptoms – lethargy, difficulty walking, low heart rate, low blood pressure, decreased respiratory rate, dilated pupils, hyperactivity, vocalization, seizures, and coma

 

sago palmSago Palm

Toxicity – severe

Symptoms – vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal swelling and/or pain, jaundice, black stools, and death

 

 

 

tulipsTulips/Hyacinths

Toxicity – mild to moderate

Symptoms – drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate, and difficulty breathing

If you suspect that your cat has ingested one of these plants, 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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