Cats are curious pets that love to play and nibble on things they find around the house, especially plants. Unfortunately, some common household plants are poisonous to cats. It is essential to know which ones can pose a hazard so that they can be kept out of your cat’s reach.
Here are some common house plants that are dangerous to your cat, and the symptoms they manifest if ingested:
Tulips – the bulb is the most toxic part of the plant. Vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and depression can occur if ingested.
Amaryllis – if your cat eats this, it may start to vomit and salivate. It will have abdominal pains and even convulse.
Arum lily – the area of the mouth can seem irritated, and the cat may feel intense burning in the tongue and lips. It will vomit, drool, and will have a hard time swallowing.
Begonia – the tubers are the most toxic part of the plant. Toxic effects include a burning sensation in the tongue and lips, drooling, and difficulty in swallowing.
Asparagus fern – cats will show allergic reactions on their skin. Upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting are also common symptoms.
Baby’s breath – this common plant can cause your cat to vomit and suffer from diarrhea.
Bird of Paradise – the fruits and the seeds are the most poisonous parts of the plant. Danger signs are nausea, drowsiness, and vomiting.
Cardboard palm – symptoms of being poisoned include excessive thirst and vomiting. The toxicity can lead to liver damage and eventually, death.
Daffodils – the bulbs are the most poisonous part of the plant. If cats ingest a large amount, they can suffer from tremors, convulsions, and cardiac arrhythmia.
Carnation – dermatitis and gastrointestinal pains are signs of adverse effects from nibbling on this plant.
Aloe Vera – if in case your cat ingests this, the signs to look out for are loss of appetite, tremors, changes in urine color, depression, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Chrysanthemum – signs include dermatitis, uncoordinated movements, salivating, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Fig – dermatitis, irritated sensation in the mouth, salivating and vomiting are common negative effects.
American mistletoe – symptoms are gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, vomiting, and low blood pressure.
Orange – vomiting, photo sensitivity, and diarrhea are effects of ingesting this plant.
Spring parsley – keep your cat away from this plant which can cause ocular toxicity and photo sensitivity.
Taro – signs include oral irritation with burning sensations in the tongue and lips, drooling, difficulty in swallowing
Tomato plant – this common garden plant can cause drooling, upset stomach, drowsiness, erratic behavior, and dilated pupils. It also slows down the heart rate.
Gladiola – the bulb is the most poisonous part of the plant. Effects include drooling and lethargy.
Poinsettia – these plants are commonly found during Christmastime and can cause stomach aches, irritation in the mouth, and vomiting.
If your cat shows any of these signs after having ingested a toxic plant, take it immediately to the vet for prompt and proper treatment.