Cats have long been a popular pet in many families. People like this animal because of its cute and mischievous nature that can make you forget all the stress and fatigue after a hard-working day. But just like any other animal that has been chosen as a pet, caring for and raising cats is a process that involves many complex stages, requiring the owner to have the most knowledge. If you want your furry friend to grow up healthy.
Digging into the biology and other related things you will be really surprised because cats are not as easy to breed as you see. Cats are an extremely sensitive animal. It was a sure affirmation. In my previous article, I analyzed how cats are sensitive to medications. As for this return, you will have to really pay attention because this problem seems simple but much more dangerous. Don’t laugh because this article will tell you: What Flowers Are Safe For Cats?
One more thing to know: How long can cats go without eating?
Why can flowers harm cats?
You are a tree lover, like to drop your soul in the flower’s enchanting beauty or simply want to buy a few flowers to decorate your home for a weekend. But when it comes to having a cat, it’s going to be a lot more complicated.
To be clearer for you to understand, any flower carries in it chemicals that can directly affect the body and cause minor to very serious harm to your cat.
Take a few examples to help you better understand this!
- Safflower is a flower that often appears on holidays. Not only can they cause unhealthy health effects in humans, the oxalic acid contained in their wings and leaves, if ingested, can become toxic and cause mouth irritation, burning, mouth irritation, tongue, lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing for any curious and greedy cat (according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA).
- Oleander flowers with slender beauty, their lovely back is extremely scary plants. After being eaten, petals can cause heart failure, causing cats to fall into a state of unbalance, increased heart rate, and drooling (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA).
- The Brag is a sweet potato and is often used as an indoor ornament. Flower buds contain toxins that cause mild hallucinations, diarrhea, disorientation of your pet when ingested (according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Just a few simple examples of the flowers that often appear in your home can help you visualize some of the unpredictable harm they will cause. More dangerous, many flowers can even end your cat’s life.
So, What Flowers Are Safe For Cats?
This is the main part of the article. It may be short, but I think it will be the most important list you will ever know to ensure your cat has a healthy life.
This list is a result of my research. It may be true, maybe wrong for each person, but I hope you will read it carefully.
- Narcissus flower
- Chrysanthemum star
- Salem flower
What health problems can your cat encounter when exposed to unsafe flowers?
This is one of the most common symptoms if your cat is starving for food or, for some reason choosing the petals or leaves of a “blacklisted” flower as food. Compounds contained in plant parts will immediately react to the stomach to create irritation. You need to pay special attention. If vomiting occurs during the day or after day 2, you should immediately take your pet to a doctor to avoid dehydration and other serious complications.
Just like vomiting, diarrhea is a much more serious expression. It when your cat goes out of the water and goes out constantly, causing rapid physical breakdown.
After digesting plant parts containing toxins, the cat’s nervous system will be compromised and collapse very quickly. In a coma, the cat loses the ability to awaken (the eyes are always closed, neither open nor open when stimulated with different intensities). They no longer respond appropriately to external stimuli.
This condition can last from minutes to hours and days. And if the cat is in this situation, a vet would be a good choice.
A decrease in the nervous system leads to impaired ability to control organs including the secretory organ. Your cat may show signs of defecation in the right place or ask to go to the toilet several times a day.
Besides, there are many manifestations, such as thirst or refusal to eat … Along with that, many manifestations are not expressed clearly because the toxins need time to develop, such as erythropenia, thrombocytopenia, or digestive disorders. In general, the manifestations are very diverse, and there is no normative them for this. So, watch out because this is a vital issue for your pet!
Ways to prevent and treat
The best way to prevent these effects from happening with your cute cat is to find out what kind of flowers your cat can’t match. That’s the best way because cats are inherently naughty and curious. Once you’ve bought a bouquet of flowers of any kind to a certain space in the house, the contact between them and your cat is inevitable.
You can also place these flowers away from the working or out of sight range of your cat or replace them with other flowers with similar colors and characteristics. For example, with oleander, you can use magnolia instead. Or with safflower flowers used on special occasions, you can choose alternative long-stem flowers such as roses that will not be toxic to cats and dogs, but you need to watch out for thorns.
Another way that I have learned, but it is difficult to do is to train a cat so that it knows how to avoid harmful plants. However, not everyone has to be patient, right?
In the worst case, when your cat has been exposed to or even ingested plant parts, do not wait until the cat has shown negative health effects. Take them to the nearest veterinary facility. The vet will do the experiments, the necessary tests and tell you what to do.
The flower is a symbol of beauty and an additional complement if you want to revitalize your home and surrounding space. But when you have a cat, a beautiful flower must also fit that four-legged friend’s life. Hope this article will provide you with a suitable list to make the right choice about safe flowers for cats. Enjoy and Good luck!