If you own a cat but you’re also a plant-lover make sure the flowers in your home are not a threat to your feline. Cats are tempted to eat the leaves by curiosity or boredom. But some of them are poisonous and can cause vomiting, indigestion and kidney blockage. Here’s a top 10 of the most dangerous plants for cats:
Lilies are by far the most dangerous plants to cats. All their parts are toxic and can cause kidney blockage.
Cats that ingest this plant will vomit, will be lethargic, will refuse food but will drink plenty of water.
If the cat does not receive professional help can make kidney failure in about 72 hours after ingesting this plant.
2. Potato-related plants
Plant belonging to the Solanaceae family can be poisonous to cats.
Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and chili peppers contain a substance (in leaves and stems) toxic to cats called Glycoalkanoid Solanine.
Ivy is another herb toxic to felines. In case of ingestion it can cause repeated vomiting, skin irritation or skin swelling.
Mistletoe is another herb toxic to cats. Its fruits are the most poisonous.
If you decorate your house for the holidays with mistletoe, place it so your cat does not reach it, otherwise there is a risk of suffocation and poisoning.
Chrysanthemum may cause allergic reactions if your cat touches it with the skin or nose.
The fig tree is a plant “tempting” to cats. But ingested in large quantities, it becomes toxic.
Azalea is a common indoor plant. In case of ingestion it can cause repeated vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, respiratory problems. Ingested in large quantities, azalea can cause kidney problems.
If your cat eats the juniper leaves will suffer from abdominal pain and kidney problems.
Daffodils are harmful to cats, especially their bulbs. Daffodil bulbs ingestion will cause dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.
Moreover, all the bulbous plants are dangerous to cats if swallowed.
Onions contain a substance called N-propyl disulphide that attacks cat’s red cells.
Thus, in case the cat ingests onions will get anemia. Garlic also contains a substance with the same effect but in smaller quantities.