I was going to blog about poisonous plants because one of my cats died from eating poinsettias back when I was in high school. I bought a beautiful poinsettia for my mom only to have my beautiful cat take to it that night and die the next day.
Feral cats usually know which plants are good and which are not, but indoor cats don't, so don't take chances on yours.
As the holiday season starts to ramp up, I'm reminded by my little Zoey the cool cat that many pets at this time of year are injured and killed by various holiday plants, so Zoey the cool cat has some words of advice.
From Zoey the cool cat:
- Many of our traditional holiday plants are poisonous to pets, especially inquisitive dogs and cats: holly, poinsettia, and mistletoe specifically. Dogs and cats will typically display signs of intestinal problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and sensitivity in the stomach and abdominal areas.
- Holly berries, as well as berries from yaupon, nandina, and pyracantha, can be particularly disastrous. Those bright berries are naturally attractive but can quickly cause tremors, seizures, coma, and death.
- Bulb plants, such as amaryllis, narcissus, daffodil, and crocus, can also be poisonous to pets. Many bulbs were once spring only plants but can now be forced to bloom for the holidays.
- The amount of material ingested and its effect on your pet is often dependent on the size of your pet, as well as its health. So while puppies and kittens are most at risk, they also can recover if treated promptly. Older pets already on medicines are very susceptible.
You don't have to do without our lovely holiday plants, but be aware of any missing leaves, signs of chewing or gnawing, etc., as well as any abnormal behavior.
Pets are people, too, so take care of them during this holiday season.
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