Avoid These Plants That Are Toxic to Cats

 

Now that summer is here, your garden is in full swing. But do you know the cat toxic plants to avoid? Keep your kitty safe by learning more.

If the highlight of your summer is tending your garden, you must be careful to avoid cat toxic plants.

Don’t worry. You can enjoy your hobby and be a responsible pet owner. You just have to know which plants are safe and which plants should be kept out of your yard.

Cats and Plants

Cats are meat-eaters. Knowing this might leave you scratching your head in confusion when your feline tries to snag a few bites of your flowers.

What would cause meat-eating cats to eat plants? It could be a nutritional deficiency, lack of moisture in your cat’s diet, or even nausea that prompts your pet to grab a snack from your garden.

Whatever the cause is, not every plant is safe for kitty consumption. In fact, some are downright dangerous. Before planting anything in your yard, make sure it won’t threaten your beloved feline.

And if you really want to play it safe, keep your cat indoors. If you are worried that your cat will be bored inside, get your kitty some new toys and a cat tree for entertainment.

A Few Plants to Avoid

We want to give you a head start on your plant research by pointing out a few of the most common cat toxic plants. If any of these are growing in your yard, you might want to consider removing them.

Lilies

Some lilies are more deadly than others. Those that produce the most minor symptoms include:

● Peace lilies
● Peruvian lilies
● Calla lilies

A few examples of extremely toxic varieties include:

● Tiger lilies
● Easer lilies
● Daylilies

These lilies are so dangerous to cats that even drinking the plant’s vase water could cause kidney failure. If your cat ever gets a hold of one of these, immediate veterinary care is required.

Crocus Plants

Spring Crocus plants can give your cat an upset tummy. Autumn Crocus is even more dangerous. It can cause:

● Severe vomiting
● Gastrointestinal bleeding
● Multisystem organ failure

These symptoms may occur right after consumption or several days later. If your cat ever eats this type of plant, immediately seek veterinary care even if you don’t notice any symptoms of poisoning.

Azaleas

An Azalea’s beautiful blooms attract many avid gardeners, but this plant is a threat to your cat. It could cause:

● Oral irritation
● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Low blood pressure
● Heart arrhythmias
● Coma
● Death

You can see why it’s important to keep your cat away from Azaleas. However, proper veterinary care normally leads to a full recovery.

Aloe Vera

Because it’s known for its healing properties, you might not think that aloe vera could be dangerous. While it does offer tremendous benefits, it can also cause trouble for pets.

The gel from an Aloe Vera plant’s leaves are harmless, but other parts of the plant could cause:

● Vomiting
● Lethargy
● Diarrhea

We aren’t trying to scare you or convince you to give up gardening. The purpose of this article is just to make you aware of which plants to keep your cat away from.

The plants we mentioned are some of the most common cat toxic plants, but continue your research to learn more. This is especially important whenever you are thinking about adding a new plant into your yard.

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