We love our cats and want to make sure they’re safe and healthy. But did you know there are certain plants that can be poisonous to them? If you have a cat, it is important to be aware of the plants that could potentially harm them. In this blog post, we will be discussing some common plants that are known to be poisonous to cats.
Lilies: The lily family includes Easter lilies, Tiger lilies, Stargazer lilies, Rubrum lilies, Daylilies, Asiatic hybrid lilies and Japanese show lily. These flowers (and their pollen) can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Ingesting even one petal or leaf of any of these types of flowers can cause serious injury or death in cats. It is important to keep these flowers away from your cat at all times.
Tulips: Tulip bulbs contain toxins that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats if ingested; however, tulip leaves are typically not toxic unless eaten in large quantities. If your cat does get into a tulip bulb or plant, it is important to take them to the vet immediately for treatment.
Azaleas & Rhododendrons: Azaleas and Rhododendrons contain toxins called grayanotoxins which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation (drooling), incoordination (stumbling/unsteadiness), slow heart rate and even coma if ingested by a cat. Even small amounts of these plants can cause serious illness so it’s best to keep them away from your cat at all times.
Marijuana: Marijuana (or cannabis) is not only dangerous for humans but also for cats as well. If your cat ingests marijuana in any form (including edibles) it can cause severe reactions such as vomiting, seizures, drooling, lethargy and even coma. If your cat has gotten into marijuana products of any kind take them to the vet immediately for treatment because it can be life threatening depending on how much was ingested.
While most houseplants are generally safe for cats it is still important to research any potential dangers before bringing them home! Knowing which plants are poisonous and keeping them out of reach is essential for keeping your kitty safe from harm! Being aware of which plants might pose a risk is an important part of being a responsible pet owner so do your research before making any decisions about adding new plants into your home! After all our furry friends deserve only the best!