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Saturday January 12, 2007    

 

There are a lot of things in our homes that can make our pets sick. Most of us are careful about what we leave out or bring in. Sometimes though a present of plants or new landscaping can bring an element of danger into our home.

Many ornamental plants are poisonous and dangerous to our cats. Do people worry about them though? The answer is yes.

In a survey of more than 4,000 people we asked if cat lovers were careful about the plants they brought into their home and garden. If you worry about your cat eating poisonous plants, you’re not alone. In fact, 93% of cat owners take great care with the plants to which their cats have access. Which plants should you worry about?

The most common toxic plants are castor bean, foxglove, lily-of-the-valley, Japanese yew, oleander, azalea, rhododendron and hydrangea. One castor bean seed can kill, and mistletoe can be deadly.

Flowers such as amaryllis, daffodils, iris, hyacinth and honeysuckle also are poisonous. Christmas trees, pine needles and even water from around the base of Christmas trees can produce oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and hind end weakness.

Regards,

Dr. Jon

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January 14, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health

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