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Archive for May 10th, 2011

Flowers that are poisonous to your cat

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-flowerSpring is here and if your cat ventures outdoors, there are some flowers that can harm him. Here is a list of some plants and flowers and some of the affects that they can have on your cat.

  • Amaryllis- can cause stomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Cactus  – Can punctures your cat’s skin and cause an infection
  • Caladium – causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head and difficulty breathing.
  • Easter Lily – All parts can cause kidney failure.
  • Dieffenbachia – Affects central nervous system.
  • Ivy- can cause vomiting, diarrhea and excitable behavior.
  • Philodendron  –  causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head and difficulty breathing.
  • Poinsettia  – causes vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth and difficulty breathing.

It’s always best to keep your cat indoors. If he does go out and exhibits any of these symptoms, get him to an animal hospital immediately. Never try to administer any pet medication yourself. Wasted time could mean the life or death or your pet.