Cats and plants: double-edged sword!
Plants are beneficial for your cat and have a positive effect, but they can also be dangerous!
Which is the Balance Right?
what plants are suitable for cats?
What plants are best avoided in a cat’s environment?
Today we have our machete ready to cut our way through this jungle. and preserve the plants that are good for our furry friends indoors and outdoors.
Why do cats chew plants?
Cats don’t chew plants because they don’t like your floral decoration or because their food portions are so small that they starve. Many plants are ambushed because there simply isn’t enough flavor in a cat’s life: she wants to have fun!
The boredom of cats
Cats are curious and always want to explore something new. If there is nothing more interesting, a plant will have to be…
Our velvet-eared friends are bored and go after the plants. Cats that spend their days indoors especially like to lacerate leaves from time to time. You can actively protect your plants by providing a little more variety:
Plants that help vomit hairballs
The plants act as an emetic that may not be as palatable, but it is a very natural reflex for your cat. When a cat grooms itself, the tongue combs the fur and retains the loose hairs that are then swallowed. These are then excreted through the intestinal tract.
If too many hairs accumulate, the cat will eat grass, especially coarse plant parts to vomit up the indigestible hairs.
What plants are suitable for cats?
Be vigilant when buying plants!
Even plants that are not poisonous to cats can be quite dangerous to our furry friends under certain circumstances. For example due to…
- angle blades
- jagged edges
- sharp spines
- thorny spikes
Cats can easily choke on long plant fibers and tough leaves.
Avoid the use of fertilizers and make sure the pots are stable.
Toxic Houseplants for Cats
Here it is, the list of top ten poisonous houseplants.
Toxic outdoor plants
We love to see spring flowers, but they are not without their dangers for feline outdoor adventurers! Then there are also some year-round flowering varieties that should also be highlighted. Here are the ten most common poisonous outdoor plants:
“Most accidents happen at home” is a saying that sadly also applies to indoor cats. Is it safe for cats at home?
There are plenty of harmless houseplants out there for people who like a green oasis and don’t want to have to choose between plants and cats. Here are the top ten non-toxic houseplants:
If your cat is poisoned by a plant
Cats are often guided by their innate instincts. This often keeps them safe.
However, sometimes our furry friends get hold of something poisonous and eat it. Outdoor cats are more exposed to this type of danger, but so are indoor cats.
Symptoms of poisoning
Cats show certain symptoms depending on the type and severity of the poisoning. You know your cat best, so you will most likely notice if something is wrong. If your cat is poisoned, there are a number of signs, for example…
Cats vomit from time to time. Sometimes hairballs come out, sometimes it’s undigested food. As long as it’s occasional and doesn’t happen all the time, it’s not that dramatic. Even if it’s not exactly pleasant, take the time to look at the vomit before clearing it up. You can say a lot about your cause!
If your cat has diarrhea, you will notice it very quickly in the litter box. The stool looks clearly different: in color, much softer in texture, sometimes viscous or liquid like water. Feces never smell good, but diarrhea has an extremely foul stench. Even if it turns your stomach, take a look at the droppings: the texture can give you a clue as to what’s bothering your cat.
If your cat vomits or has diarrhea, she is also usually dizzy and weak. There are often multiple symptoms. Look at his pupils: are they different from the usual ones, bigger or smaller? Does your cat wobble a bit and not move as steadily as usual?
Does he hide in a hiding place, not even go out to look for food or even refuse his favorite treats?
What to do in an emergency
The emergency is here: you are afraid that your cat has been poisoned. Are you showing any of these symptoms?
Then go straight to the vet! Dont wait. Hurry!
The longer a poison is active, the more life-threatening it can be for your cat.
Call the vet first and describe the symptoms.
This is important so that treatment can be tailored. Describe exactly what your cat may have eaten. When did he take it and how much of the plant did he eat? Bring a sample to the consultation if you know what plant it was.
There may be an antidote that can be prepared.
Otherwise, the first step is detoxification: the poison must be eliminated from the body.
If it is already in the bloodstream, it is diluted accordingly.
Tips to keep your cat away from plants
The easiest way to eliminate the danger of plants is to not allow cats near them.
When they don’t have access to plants, they can’t get poisoned!
Arrange the plants so that they are as inaccessible possible for your furry friend. Do you hang plants from ceilings or walls? It is possible, but do not forget: cats are like mountain goats, so they are very good climbers. Make sure there is absolutely no chance of climbing kittens reaching tall plants!
Observe what your cat prefers
Observe your cat’s body language: what plants are they attracted to? You should remove them if they are dangerous or toxic.
Why do you especially like these plants? Are they near your cat’s favorite spot?
Dangerous types of plants
Breaking up is painful.
You have to go.
And that sure is sad.
For your cat’s sake, you should remove any poisonous vegetation. You don’t have to throw it away – give it to family or friends who don’t have a cat! Then you will have done two good deeds.
Offer alternatives to your cat
Perhaps there is another type of plant you can get instead? Show your cat that this is the green goodness of him!
Encourage him to bite it! Praise him when he does.
Of course, only if the plant is completely harmless!
If you’re not sure, offer cat grass to nibble on – that way nothing can go wrong!
Avoid boredom at home
Indoor cats need several hours of play and activity every day. Otherwise, they risk damaging your furniture or plants.
Aren’t you a court jester? Does not matter! Maybe you’re good with your hands. You can also liven things up by making your own furniture or toys for your furry friend.