We love Spring – But beware of poisonous plants for cats!
Spring flowers bring a welcome burst of colour into our homes at Easter. But they can also bring danger to our cats, especially inquisitive kittens. So please stay vigilant and keep your home feline-friendly.
Did you know that Easter Lilies for example, cause kidney failure which can be fatal to our fluffy friends?
So, which plants are toxic for cats? Currently the UK does not include cat care labelling to show which flowers and pot plants are poisonous plants for cats at home. However, The Pet Poison Helpline has a Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets, and the ASPCA has an extensive list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants. These include Easter favourites such as Tulips, Daffodils, Lilies and Crocus.
Cat poisoned symptoms are often hard to tell, and can be mistaken for being shy or withdrawn. But look out for these common warning signs.
Symptoms of cat poisoning:
- Increased Thirst
- Difficulty Breathing
- Confused / Uncoordinated
- Fitting / Seizures
- Loss of Appetite
What to do if you think your cat has eaten a poisonous plant?
- Take them to the vet immediately
- Give your vet information about whet they have eaten, take the plant with you if possible
- Keep other pets away from the source
- Wait for symptoms or assume they will go away
- Try to make your cat vomit or feed them salt water
It’s not all doom and gloom, there are plenty of beautiful plants that are purrfectly safe for your kitty 🙂
Cat in a Flat wishes you and your curious cats a happy and safe Easter!