March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month and it may surprise you to learn that poisoning is one of the most common reasons that pets are taken to their veterinarian for emergency evaluations. There are many different products and substances that are toxic to animals. Unfortunately, their curious nature means that many animals do not realize the danger posed to them until they have already been exposed.
While our homes and yards may seem like the safest place for your pet, there are a number of hidden dangers. While they may look pretty and be a popular decorative feature, plants and flowers in and around your home are one of the most common causes of domestic feline poisonings.
The reaction your furbaby may experience when coming into contact with a toxic plant or flower may vary, largely depending on the toxicity of the vegetation and the extent of your cat’s exposure. In mild cases, your feline may suffer from skin irritation, watery eyes and itching. However, more serious reactions may include seizures, unconsciousness and even death.
We recommend completely avoiding the presence of the following flowers, plants and other vegetation in your home and yard. If they are already present in your yard, remove them if you can if. If this is not possible, for example if you are in a rented property and you are now allowed to make alterations to the grounds, you will need to ensure that you cat is properly supervised when she is outdoors.
Please note: these lists represent some of the most common toxic vegetation in and around the home, but this is by no means exhaustive. For more comprehensive information, speak to our veterinarians near you.
Toxic Indoor and Outdoor Plants and Flowers
Bird of Paradise
Trees That May Be Toxic to Your Feline
Black walnut trees
Cherry, apricot, peach and plum trees
Red maple trees
Herbs and Vegetables to Avoid Planting in Your Yard