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Plant Eating and Digging

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  • What could be more fun for a little tiger than to have the jungle brought into his home! From Kitty’s point of view a potted plant is a snack, an entertainment center, some place to hide and sometimes a bathroom, all-in-one. What could be more perfect! (Unfortunately owners seldom see plants that way).

Wise cat owners will check the poisonous plant list before bringing greens into the home.

Rubbing moistened black pepper onto the leaves and placing stones on top of the dirt will discourage Kitty from tasting or digging in the plant. Let’s be fair…why not plant a pot of healthy greens just for Kitty?  Pioneer Pet makes the perfect solution “Kitty’s Garden™”.KittysGarden

Listed below are the top 14 most common and dangerous to our cats.

The following plants are toxic to cats (unless otherwise noted) along with clinical signs of poisoning:
  • Aloe Vera: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color.
  •  Asian Lily: Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and death is possible. Cats are only species known to be affected.
  •  Asparagus Fern: Allergic dermatitis with repeated dermal exposure. Berry ingestion could result in gastric upset (vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.)
  •  Begonia: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. Tubers are the most toxic.
  •  Baby’s Breath: Vomiting, diarrhea
  •  Calla Lily: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.
  •  Corn Plant: Vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, anorexia, hypersalivation, dilated pupils.
  •  Cycads (Sago Palm, Fern Palm): Vomiting (may be bloody), dark stools, jaundice, increased thirst, bloody diarrhea, bruising, liver failure, death. 1-2 seeds can be fatal.
  •  Daffodil: Vomiting, salvation, diarrhea; large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias. Bulbs are the most poisonous part.
  • Geranium: Vomiting, anorexia, depression, dermatitis.
  •  Jade Plant: Vomiting, depression, ataxia, slow heart rate (rare.)
  •  Pencil Cactus: Irritating to the mouth and stomach, sometimes causing vomiting, but generally over-rated in toxicity.
  • Ribbon Plant (Corn Plant, Cornstalk Plant, Dracaena, Dragon Tree): Vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, anorexia, hyper salivation, dilated pupils.
  • Tulip: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hyper salivation. Highest concentration of toxin in bulb.






For a full listing of toxic plants for pets, please see ASPCA’s searchable database.

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