Poisonous Plants to Cats
Flowers are something that us humans love. We actually love them so much that we spend £2 billion a year on indoor houseplants and flowers! And although these may be the excellent additions to our home decor, a portion of even the most popular flowers can be extremely dangerous to cats.
- Lilies. Lilium or Hermerocallis lilies are toxic to cats. They may be more commonly known to us as Tiger, Japanese Show, Easter, Day or Asiatic lilies. Consumption of even the smallest quantity could potentially lead to death. This does not just mean direct consumption of the plant itself but also drinking the water the vase contains is equally as fatal. If you feel concerned your cat has come into contact with a lily, vet advice is needed immediately. The treatment can be uncomfortable e.g induced vomiting or intravenous fluid therapy.
- Amaryllis. These plants contain phenanthridine alkaloids in the flowers, bulbs and stalks, which are toxic to cats. You may notice your cat has consumed amaryllis due to changes in blood pressure, tremors, vomiting and seizures.
- Daffodils. The bulbs within these spring plants are highly toxic to cats. A small quantity of daffodils can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and respiratory depression.
- Tulips. Tulips contain allergenic lactones, to cats this can lead to depression, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Chrysanthemums. This mildly toxic plant can be found in dog tick and flea medication. For a cat this can lead to a lack of appetite and weight loss, vomiting or diarrhoea.
- Hyacinths. Yet another plant with a high poison concentration in the bulb, consumption can cause a cat to excessively drool, vomit or diarrhoea.
- Foxglove. This plant is not only poisonous to cats, but also harmful to dogs and humans. The plant contains naturally occurring potions that have a negative effect on the heart.
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