Cats and Plants: Get the Facts on Flora and Your Feline
|Plants make a wonderful addition to any décor. Some cats will ignore the greenery, some may dig at the soil a little, but many are curious about the texture and taste of objects that dangle before their eyes. When making a plant selection, consider the safety of your resident feline.
Special Precautions for Gardeners
Many systemic fertilizers — typically slow-release granules that are dug into the ground surrounding the plant — have toxic warnings on the container, but state that once the area has been watered and is dry it is fine for both pets and children to return. While the top layer of dirt once dry may not be harmful to animals, if they dig in that area they may be digging into and potentially consuming toxic or even deadly amounts of fertilizer. Even a small amount can be toxic.
To help prevent this, avoid using systemic fertilizers in conjunction with other plant feeds, such as fish emulsion, fish pellets or kelp, whose smell is attractive to pets. Keep your plants healthy and your pets safe by using natural plant foods like fish emulsion or pellets, bone meal, kelp, and earthworm castings as much as possible.
Plants Safe for Cats
|Castor bean, Daffodil, Delphinium, Foxglove, Larkspur, Pokeweed, Skunk Cabbage, Wisteria||sometimes produce diarrhea, vomiting|
|Chrysanthemum, Crown of Thorns, Poinsettia||produce rash or irritation after skin contact|
|Caladium, Emerald Duke, Philodendron, Pothos||irritating, may cause swelling and pain of lips and tongue|
|Amaryllis, Bird of Paradise, Creeping Charlie, Crown of Thorns, Mock Orange, Privet, Umbrella Plant, Yews||cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps|
|Almonds, China Berry Tree, Kalanchoe, Water Hemlock||cause convulsions|
|Locoweed, Marijuana, Morning Glory, Nutmeg, Periwinkle, Peyote||cause hallucination|