Written by Josephine Lategan
Pets are curious creatures. When they spot a fascinating flower or purr-culiar plant, they can’t help but chew on the leaves or sniff its fresh aroma. Just like us humans, pets also “stop and smell the roses” at times. Cats, in particular, can’t resist but to rub shoulders (or chins) with their flora-licious friends.
No harm in that, right? Well, believe it or not, when your furry friend and a poisonous plant get too well acquainted, it could turn into a deadly encounter.
Aloe Vera might have a good reputation amongst humans because of its healing properties, but when it comes to pets, it’s a no-go!
Dogs and cats might experience the following symptoms when they eat Aloe Vera:
If your pet even just rubs a chin against this flower, s/he might experience the following symptoms:
In general, the symptoms are mild to moderate.
These beautiful, yellow bulbs are a vision indeed, but their toxicity leaves their beauty questionable. Just like Amaryllis, Daffodils contain lycorine. If the bulbs are eaten, symptoms may include the following:
This plant is a garden favourite. Although it might give your garden a luxurious look, it’s dangerous to animals. Even farm animals, like horses and sheep, could experience the following symptoms after ingestion:
We all know the saying, curiosity killed the cat, and yes, with these plants it could end up being true. The most unfortunate part is that felines tend to “feed” their curiosity by taste.
Your furry one can be poisoned by nibbling on the flowers, stems or leaves of the plant, but especially the bulbs, all containing lycorine, which may lead to the following symptoms:
Other deadly plants to keep out of reach of your pet’s paws:
• Castor bean
• Ivy, including the following: California, Branching, Glacier, Needlepoint, Sweetheart and English
• Morning Glory
• Sago palm
• Tomato plant
Tips to protect pets against plant poisoning
Now that you know which plants to avoid, why not rather invest in some African Violets or Phalaenopsis Orchids? They’re easy on the eyes and edible 😉
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