Holiday plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

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. 

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From Zoey the cool cat:

  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.



  4. 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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Kat DeLong
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Jim: I would love to REBLOG this wonderful post to protect our pets, but you don't have a REBLOG tab. 

THANKS so MUCH for this!

Nov 13, 2008 09:37 AM #1
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Jim: I would love to REBLOG this wonderful post to protect our pets, but you don't have a REBLOG tab. 

THANKS so MUCH for this!

Nov 13, 2008 09:37 AM #2
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Thanks for the warning!  I will be keeping my sweet Legos (my cuddlebum cat) away from the Poinsettas this Christmas!

Nov 13, 2008 09:40 AM #3
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Raylene Lewis
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Thank you soo much for sharing! I have 2 kitties of my own!

Nov 13, 2008 09:50 AM #4
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Richard Shuman
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Thanks - I had no idea so many house plants were poisonous. I can't imagine if I gave one to a client and their cat died - may ruin future referrals 

Nov 13, 2008 09:50 AM #5
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Jackie Cross
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You are right Pets are people too, at least as far as most families are concerned.  Let's take care of our little creatures.

Nov 13, 2008 09:54 AM #6
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Betina Foreman
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Dear Jim,

Thanks for the timely post to keep our four legged family with us through the new year!! My Nana used to tell us Mistletoe was also poisonous. Have you heard that before?

Betina

Nov 13, 2008 09:55 AM #7
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Ann Allen Hoover
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Oh Jim!  I have never known anyone who actually experienced losing a pet this way.  That is so sad!

Nov 13, 2008 10:05 AM #8
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Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Thank you Zoey the Cool Cat! Good info...I'll pass it on to my dogs: Sammie and Zoe!

Nov 13, 2008 10:54 AM #9
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Rich Mielke
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Jim and Zoey, thanks for the timely tips about what plants aren't good to eat if you are a pet and like to eat plants. I had to explain this to my dog since he can't read and likes to eat things sometimes.

 

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I'm sorry your cat died. I love pointsettias but always worry about the animals. Good post about what can impact animals.

Nov 14, 2008 11:19 AM #11
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