Beautiful greenery adds charm and atmosphere to a home, as well as oxygenated air. Often, homes filled with houseplants house pets, as well. The two seem to go together. However, sometimes the two team up for toxicity.
It seems that cats are frequent offenders for plant-chewing, even when beyond the kitten stage. Cats have a yen for all things yours, and can sometimes be found relaxing within a newly acquired planter or urn. Surprise!
Loose dirt is definitely a come-on. Cats consume occasional plant life in the wild, and perhaps the cat is simply obeying an instinctive desire.
This desire can turn deadly.
The Easter lily is a plant renowned for its sweet aroma and waxy beauty. Easter lilies come but once a year, and so they are new, thus giving them high-interest potential for many cats. Unfortunately, tasting this lovely item can result in extreme toxicity for felines, culminating ultimately in kidney failure. The key to saving the cat’s life is immediate detection that something is amiss, often difficult to do with cats. Felines take their time about presenting with obvious signs of illness.
The Poinsettia has stood the test of time for Christmas cheer. The bright, red leaves, often appearing only at Yuletide, can arouse immediate holiday anticipation in the family pet. As such, the plant may prove worthy of close cat or dog examination. Results are over-rated, but unpleasant. Irritated mouth and stomach with possible vomiting can occur.
This is an extremely popular household plant. The feathery branches have an asparagus-like appearance, but there resemblance to the vegetable ends. Cats have been noted to be particularly fond of chewing this potted perennial. The plant is poisonous to both cats and dogs. Although the vegetation is not deadly, the effects of eating or dermal exposure are quite unpleasant for everyone. Repeated contact with the stems causes dermatitis, and eating the leaves, particularly the berries, can result in vomiting or diarrhea.
Amaryllis is a plant often purchased to bloom for a holiday season. A common name for it is Belladonna lily. They are very showy, and can be sprouted and grown from a bulb.
This is a serious attraction to cats, because amaryllis’ holiday venue makes it an unfamiliar household item. Curiosity and cats are close companions.
This plant is poisonous to both dogs and cats. Some serious side effects include anorexia and tremors. The poisoned animal may appear lethargic or depressed.
Aloe vera has been squeezed into a juice for humans and touted for many different ailments. The benefits do not cross the species line to include cats or dogs. These animals ingesting aloe vera become anorexic and depressed. Tremors and a change in urine color have been observed.
Diffenbachia is a lovely asset to any room, with its showy green and white leaves and tall, caned appearance. However, it loses its charm when cats and dogs ingest its leaves.
Oral irritation with extreme burning is the result. Mouth and lips are puffed and drooling and vomiting may occur.
Carnations are a popular flower for bouquets and boutineers. If they can be popular and attractive to a human family member, they can become an object of interest to the cat or dog as well. They have an arresting, spicy smell that works as a quick-draw for nose power. Thus, dogs can be harmed by carnations as well as cats. Fortunately, the symptoms of toxicity from carnation are rather slight, including mild stomach upset and some dermatitis.
Baby’s breath is often a lacy addition to that beautiful bouquet of carnations. When a pet decides to admire the bouquet and sample it, a double-whammy may be the result. This dainty flower is toxic to both cats and dogs. Baby’s Breath can cause the very unpleasant reactions of diarrhea and vomiting.
This tree-like plant with leaves like sweet-corn loses its savor when pets develop depression, anorexia, blood in vomit and dilated pupils.
Lovely plants award us with much visual pleasure and satisfaction. It is perhaps not possible for lovers of greenery to strip their homes of green foliage for the family pet. It is important, though, to be aware of danger to the curious creatures who share our homes.