Holiday Alert: Watch Out For Plants Poisonous to Your Cat

| December 7, 2013 | 15 Comments

Rags by Christmas Tree Copyright Floppycats.comWith the ever-present excitement of the upcoming holidays, it’s easy to forget that this time of the year can be dangerous for cats. This is because some of the plants used for holiday decorations are poisonous to felines. This is why we need to be particularly careful in selecting flowers and the like.

What follows is a list of plants you should not keep around your house if you own cats:

  • Holly (and Rosemary) – These plants can cause extreme gastrointestinal upset, drooling, lip smacking, and continuous head shaking (which can lead to further injury due to the spines of these plants). Allergic to both cats and dogs.
  • Lilies – Gorgeous flowers, but if your kitty were to take a couple bites, he may experience acute kidney failure, which can result in death.
  • Mistletoe – Can cause gastrointestinal upset if a small amount is consumed and apaxia, seizures, hypotension, and death in higher doses.
  • Poinsettias – May lead to vomiting, drooling, and sometimes diarrhea. Poinsettias are actually less toxic to cats than most people assume.
  • Not a plant, but preservatives added to Christmas tree water. Some people use chemicals to keep their Christmas trees looking more vivid for longer. If you go this route, make sure you purchase a solution that is not toxic to animals. Otherwise, opt out!

Another one to watch out for is the dangers of snowglobes for cats.

No matter the cause, if your pet has been poisoned, you can call the Animal Poison Control Center at 800-213-6680 24 hours a day or visit the Pet Poison Helpline website for information on how to treat your pet. Happy holidays to you and your furry friends!

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Ragdoll Mommy says:

    Thanks for the heads-up there, Jenny!

    Is that Rags in the picture?

  2. Ragdoll Mommy says:

    Actually I don’t think Rosemary is bad for cats. I have given it to my Ragdolls/cats, they are all fine. It actually can help with getting rid of fleas!

    But I’d ask your vet first. As always!

  3. patricia says:

    i found this i have a friend that grows lots of herbs and i was glad to see that none of them were on the list as toxic to cats. if i have plants, i hang them from the ceiling but that isn’t always the way either.. i had a cat that would swing from the planters and came home to 2 of them on the floor with dirt everywhere. neither were toxic though. and cats see dirt and they want to dig in it. just like with a toddler, i feel you have to keep an eye on them and make sure that anything that is dangerous to them is out of reach.

  4. Thanks for the great reminder, Jenny! I truly appreciate this information! 🙂 <3

  5. Thecatwhisperer says:

    I had a cat 2 years ago who died from eating baby’s breath

  6. Thecatwhisperer says:

    I had a cat 2 years ago who died from eating baby’s breath.

  7. Dementia Boy says:

    Thanks, Jenny. I’ve seen so many cats suffer horrible deaths from lily poisoning. Your first definitive clue is often a low temperature <100.

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