Cats are one of the most common house pets. They are quite curious by nature and like to climb and explore things a lot. And due to their curiosity, they occasionally get into trouble. Cats often feast on plants, especially those found in the homes. If you are a cat parent, then it is important to know that some plants are harmful to cats. You should be aware of such toxic plants and try and keep your cats away from them.
Here is a list of plants that are poisonous to cats:-
Lilies are considered to be highly toxic to cats. The ingestion of any part of the plant or even the pollen can cause severe kidney damage. Licking the pollen, drinking water from a vase of lilies or chewing on one or two petals of Asiatic, Easter, Tiger Lilies is enough for the toxin to cause death.
The entire plant is harmful, but the seeds contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can have very serious effects like vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and liver failure.
The bulb of tulips contain toxins that may cause nausea, oral irritation, and excessive drooling in your cat.
It is a common flowering plant especially toxic to cats because of its alkaloid colchicine content. All parts of the plant are highly toxic to cats. If consumed, it can lead to intense breathing difficulties, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, kidney, and liver damage.
Azaleas are species of flowering shrubs that are toxic to cats. All parts of the plant are toxic. The toxic compound is called grayanotoxins. Ingesting a tiny amount of the plant can cause drooling, vomiting, weakness, diarrhoea and depression of the central nervous system in animals.
Daffodils are flowering spring perennials. All parts of the plant contain the poisonous agent lycorine. The bulbs are the most toxic. Cats who ingest daffodils experience drooling, vomiting and abdominal pain and cardiac arrhythmias & low blood pressure in some cases.
The English Ivy contains triterpenoid saponins that, if ingested by cats, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.
Keep your cat away from these plants. If you suspect your cat has ingested any part of a plant that’s poisonous, take them to a veterinarian for treatment.