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Flowers that are dangerous to cats

by Nick Schneider 27 Dec 2022

Cats are some of the most self-sufficient creatures in the world. You might think that they’re “purrfectly” capable of taking care of themselves, but there are certain things that make them very sick or even become lethal if consumed. Unassumingly enough, flowers tend to be some of the most dangerous plants for cats.

We should note that not all flowers are dangerous for cats to be around, but there are several that they should not eat. This can apply to indoor and outdoor cats since having a bouquet of flowers inside is as lovely as tending a garden outside.

You might want your house or apartment to be aesthetically pleasing with plants everywhere, but you also want to make sure your favorite furry friend isn’t going to become ill from it. So here is everything you need to know when it comes to flowers and cats.

 

Different Dangers In The Flowers For Cats

The biggest danger for cats when it comes to flowers is their curiosity. Cats are curious by nature, and flowers attract cats through their colors and smells which is totally fine when the flower is safe.  Cats will often try to eat the plants just because it’s something different than what they’re used to. While cats are meat eaters by  nature, their curiosity for something that appears to be food can really mess with their heads.

Flowers contain several natural chemicals that are hazardous to your cat. A big chemical to look out for is calcium oxalate. This is not deadly but does cause significant oral pain which is the plant’s defense mechanism. This won’t be fatal, but it will cause your cat to foam at the mouth.

 

Which Flowers are Dangerous to Cats?

 

  • Lily Plant

As a rule, Lilies of all kinds should be kept away from cats. While there are some species of Lily that are safe for cats, most have been proven to be incredibly dangerous. You should certainly keep your cat far away from the following species of Lily:

  1. Day Lily
  2. Rubrum Lily
  3. Stargazer Lilly
  4. Red Lily
  5. Western Lily
  6. Wood Lily
  7. Japanese Show Lily
  8. Tiger Lily
  9. Lily of the valley

In general, Lilies are bad news when it comes to cats. The majority cause almost immediate kidney failure with even a few bites. This also applies to the pollen or water from the vase. If your cat comes in contact with the flowers, water, or pollen, take them to the vet immediately.

 

  • Daffodils

Daffodils are one of the most common springtime flowers, but they do not jive well with cats. If your cat happens to come in contact with these flowers, you need to get them help immediately as the flower contains a dangerous alkaloid that will make your cat vomit and can cause cause cardiac issues or trouble breathing. These are generally found in the ground, so indoor cats don’t need to worry too much. Outdoor cats are at far greater risk, so when the flowers start to bloom, be wary with them.

 

  • Tulips

You can find these flowers in areas near the coast, and they’re among some of the most vibrant but also the most dangerous for your cat. The flower itself isn’t lethal but the bulb is rather dangerous. It can cause allergic reactions like diarrhea or vomiting and, on some occasions, can mess with your cat’s brain and trigger depression. Tulips are found in both residential and public gardens, and you can find them in parks across the world ,so outdoor cats need to be watched when in places like this.

 

  • Oleander 

Another gorgeous flower, these will be found in warmer climates in the world and generally do well in springtime and summer. They are not good for humans or animals to ingest, and cats get the worst of it. If a cat happens to eat oleander, you can expect tremors, seizures, heart attacks, vomiting, and diarrhea to occur. Every part of the plant and the dirt are toxic to your cat, and you should seek help immediately.

 

  • Crocus

This plant grows in the spring and autumn, so it is able to survive in various types of climates. The crocus isn’t good for any pet to ingest, and cats are no exception. This can cause terrible diarrhea, vomiting, internal bleeding, and respiratory failure. It can lead to death if the case is bad enough. Signs generally appear quickly, although they can be silent for a few days. This is one of the most dangerous flowers for any pet and shouldn’t be kept in any household that has pets.

 

  • Hydrangeas

You will find these all over the place in the world, and the most common place would be in those grocery store flower displays that you can purchase. These flowers come in a variety of colors, but for your cat and other pets, they can be incredibly toxic. The leaves of the flower are the most commonly ingested by cats and are, unfortunately, the most dangerous. The symptoms of eating this flower include vomiting, depression, exhaustion, and diarrhea.

 

  • Irises

These plants are some of the most common houseplants you will find and are known for their bright color and thin stems. Thankfully, These are not going to kill your cat, but they cause an enormous amount of discomfort that can definitely lead to conditions that might cause death eventually, so make sure your cat cannot get anywhere near this one. Specifically, if the bulbs are eaten, you will see ulcers of the mouth, nausea and vomiting, dermatitis, and noticeable abominable pain in your cat.

 

  • Hyacinths

Another very colorful plant, these are found as houseplants the majority of the time, and they are some of the most toxic plants because your cat doesn’t even need to eat any of these; they can actually get really sick from just inhaling them. Because of that, if you have a cat or are taking your cat to a friend’s house, don’t let your cat in the house if these flowers are present. The symptoms of ingesting them include GI distress, drooling, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and trouble breathing.

 

Are Any Flowers That Are Safe For Cats?

While the list of flowers and plants that can cause serious discomfort and worse conditions to cats is pretty lengthy, there are thankfully a lot that don’t cause any damage to your cat at all. Here are some of the most popular and safe flowers and plants that cats can be around and even eat, although that should never be encouraged.

 

  • Sunflowers

One of the most common flowers you’ll ever see, these are harmless to cats, and although you don’t want them eating plants in general, a mild upset stomach is about the worst you will see here.

 

  • Hibiscus

This plant is popular in teas and other foods, hibiscus is found all over various gardens and grown as a house plant as well. These are not toxic in any way to your cats.

 

  • Roses

Although a lot of common flowers are dangerous for your cats, roses are thankfully not, so whether you’re decorating the house for valentines day or growing them in your garden, you and your cat will have nothing to fear.

 

  • Petunias

Another common plant you’ll find in many gardens. These are a great alternative to many of the garden plants that are toxic.

 

 

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