July 18, 2022, 10:00 p.m. | Animals
Most dangerous indoor flowers are quite popular and many housewives are not even aware of the hidden threat.
Pet lovers know that cats are often fond of flowers. They like to lick or gnaw the leaves of plants and usually do this to clear their stomachs. However, not all flowers and indoor plants are safe for animals. Some can cause poisoning and even the death of a beloved pet, informs Ukr.Media.
In order to prevent an accident, it is necessary to find out in time which flowers should never be kept by cat owners – or keep them with caution.
Most dangerous indoor flowers are quite popular and many housewives do not even know about the hidden threat.
Consequences of medium severity
< p>Among the unwanted plants that can cause malaise of the animal, there are:
- zamioculcas ;
Familiar names? Most of the flowers from this list are in every second house. Fortunately, they are extremely rarely the cause of the cat's death, but they are quite likely to lead to an upset stomach. This threatens the animal with vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, but usually, after a deplorable experience, the pet leaves the flower alone.
< p>Among indoor plants, there are also extremely poisonous ones. To get poisoned, it will be enough for a cat to lick the leaves. The list of very dangerous plants for cats includes:
Even if your cat has a neutral attitude to the pots with the specified flowers, it is better not to test fate and either get rid of the plants or remove them to a place inaccessible to the animal. Otherwise, in addition to an intestinal disorder and an allergic reaction, the animal may experience heart failure.
Remember that poisonous substances can accumulate in the body and cause poisoning or an allergic reaction after some time.
Some representatives from this list are dangerous not only for pets, but also for people. For example, oleander – it emits volatile organic compounds that have a negative effect on animals and people. The following flowering plants also have a similar effect:
I would like to mention bouquets of flowers separately, as they also pose a danger to cats. The most toxic are:
- lily of water,
Keep them out of the reach of cats and do not let animals drink water from the vase.
How to keep your pet safe
The best way, of course, will replace dangerous plants with safe ones, but there are other options:
- Put pots with plants on high shelves and other places where the cat cannot reach them.
- Offer the animal an alternative in the form of a special grass for cats.
- Wean the pet from the habit of biting leaves by smearing them with lemon juice, garlic water or other non-poisonous substances with a sharp smell that is unpleasant for cats, or spray the cat with a spray when she goes to plants.
- Buy vitamins for animals. It is possible that the animal, especially if it is on natural food, gnaws the flowers due to a lack of useful substances.
If poisonous plants still remain in your house, keep an eye on the pet and its state of health. ;I. At the first signs of unwellness, contact a veterinarian immediately.