There are many plants toxic to cats...
...however a cat's natural instinct will usually prevent it from chewing on them, occasionally though a cat may sample a toxic leaf, flower or stem.
Cats eat grass and vegetation to provide themselves with fiber, and to rid themselves of fur balls.
A cat with access to the outdoors is able to choose its own leafage, and because of its naturally fastidious character, will seldom make a mistake and eat plants toxic to cats.
It is a good idea to plant a small patch of your garden with catnip (cat mint), available in pots and seeds from garden suppliers, your cat will then have even less need to nibble on growth likely to be poisonous.
If you have plants in your garden that you know
are toxic to cats, you may want to take measures to keep your cat from
them. Pepper, lightly sprayed on the leaves and stems, will not harm the
plant but your cat will be put off from approaching.
Cats that are confined indoors have less choice of greenery to nibble,
so are more likely to be tempted than their free roaming cousins to sample something they shouldn't.
It makes sense therefore, to ensure catnip is always available to your indoor cat.
Keep all houseplants out of reach of your cat, unless you are certain they are not plants toxic to cats. High shelves are good, hanging baskets better, but keep in mind that cats are expert climbers.
Spraying the plant with a citrus scented, or mild vinegar, solution, will deter your feline, or place halves of lemons/oranges in the plant pot.
If you use pesticides or any chemicals on your houseplants (toxic or not) ensure that they are safe to use and won't harm your pet.
As stated above, although there are many plants that are toxic to cats, cases of poisoning purely through a pet eating plants are rare, and good common sense precautions should help keep your cat safe.
Some of the symptoms of poisoning to watch out for are:
The following list contains plants that vary in their toxicity from being irritant, to extremely dangerous. Please note the list is not exhaustive, for a more complete list please see - A.S.P.C.A. Toxic Plants.
Apple Leaf Croton
Avacado Fruit and Pit
Bird of Paradise
Cherry Pits, Seeds and Leaves
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Ivy English, German, many others
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena,
Kiss me quick
Lord and Ladies
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Peach Pits & Leaves
Red Margined Dracaena
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese plant
Tomato - Green Fruit stem and leaves
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Japanese, American, English, Western
Interactive Cat Toys.
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