Every once in a while, many cats like to munch on or play with plant leaves. Most of the time this is nothing bad, but if there is a plant that is poisonous to cats (think Poinsettias) it can be an issue. Just to make sure that your cat doesn’t eat something bad, it is probably best to make sure your cat stays away from any plants.
The best way to do this is to make the plant unappealing, spraying it with bitter apple or vinegar will usually deter a cat from going after and eating the plant. Limit their time that they are around a plant, perhaps putting it in another room if you do not want to use the bitter apple spray.
You may also try to play with them and do something interactive to get their mind off the plant and onto playing, it keeps them active and healthy and not to mention it will tire them out, causing them to have a nap, and keeping them away from the plant.
If you cannot get your cat to leave the plants alone, growing some cat safe cat grass is an alternative, they can munch on it anytime and you don’t have to worry about them getting ill or poisoned.
Remember, DO NOT punish, hit, punch, slap your cat for going after something. Always try to redirect or prevent it by using the spray. Cats are naturally curious, so doing something like this is not out of the ordinary.
For more information on why cats chew plants and how to stop them from doing so, this article is quite helpful.
The other day my good friend bought me an Aloe plant. It is a wonderful healing plant for almost any kind of ailment whether skin wise or internally (great for those with stomach issues, pancreatitis, ulcers, etc). I have digestive issues and drink the aloe juice to help heal my stomach.
I had the plant for a few days, Isis kind of checked it out but I would always shoo her away from it.
Well one night while we were sleeping, someone chewed and left holes in the plant branches…ahem.
I didn’t think anything of it at first and then, Isis wasn’t acting like her usual self. Then the vomiting started…all over the house. Soon after came diarrhea, and a change in her urine.
The last straw was when she started to tremor, slightly. It was time to get to the vet, fast.
I then was told that Aloe can be very dangerous for cats. I know many plants are toxic to cats but I had NO idea something that is so healing to humans can be so lethal to animals. I felt absolutely horrible, like I was a horrible pet parent. I cried and cried.
Isis had fluids pumped back into her and was kept at the vet’s for 24 hours to make sure she was back on the mend.
Luckily she made it through with flying colors and is a happy cat once again. My vet gave me a link to the ASPCA page which tells you which plants are toxic to not only cats, but dogs and horses as well.
There are just so many out there to watch out for. Please, if you have plants in your house, make sure your pets are not around something that could potentially kill them.
Some symptoms of a poisoning that are common among most cases are: vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness, depression, change in urine. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, you can call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. There may be a $65 charge for consultation. Otherwise, call your emergency vet and get it checked out immediately. Time is of the essence in these cases.
I have learned my lesson, I do not keep plants in my house just to be on the safe side. I am not taking any chances. My furbabies are like kids to me and I cannot take a chance of something horrible happening to either one. I have forgiven myself for what happened with Isis, but I will never forget it.
We all know that some food and plants are dangerous for dogs and cats, but there are some foods I had no idea, until reading the information about them, that there were even more dangerous and toxic and even deadly plants and food that cats and dogs can easily consume if we are not careful enough to make sure these foods are not available within a counter-surfing reach!
If your dog or cat ends up consuming anything on the list, watch them and see if they exhibit symptoms-usually vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, staggering, sometimes foaming at the mouth are the major symptoms.
Here is a list of toxic food and plants for dogs.
Here is a list of toxic food and plants for cats.
Not all the foods on the list are lethal, some, like giving cats dog food instead of cat food can cause a cat to become malnourished, and evidence isn’t conclusive yet as to whether grapes are toxic for cats but they suspect they are because they are toxic to dogs. Just remember to read the lists and keep the information in the forefront of your mind when your pets are around and you may be cooking something with those foods in it. Here’s hoping this list helps and your pets stay far away from the danger foods, staying healthy and happy always!