Keeping our beloved fluffy family members safe during this holiday season is possible. Being aware of what is dangerous to them is the first step.
Some symptoms of toxic poisoning can resolve themselves on their own if not too much is consumed...but, a visit to a professional or at least a call to who you entrust to care for your fluffy friend can never hurt. If for any reason, you are worried, call your vet.
Mistletoe berries can cause your pet to have trouble breathing and they can experience cardiovascular problems, stomach upset, diarrhea and vomiting if they have eaten enough. Mistletoe berries cause hallucinations in human beings and can also cause your pet to behave erratically. This is a plant that can cause death.
Pine Trees are not only toxic and can cause liver damage but the needles being so sharp can also cause damage if swallowed.
The Evergreen tree called the Yew tree is very poisonous to your cat. The needles, stems, bark and seeds are highly toxic causing tremors, cardiovascular problems, trouble breathing and heart failure. This evergreen is sometimes used in greenery around the home.
Juniper berries have a lot of different uses and can be wonderfully fragrant, but are guilty of causing kidney problems in cats and should not be consumed by them. Some of the organ damage caused by ingesting this berry can affect the kidney, stomach, heart, and liver.
Other toxic foods to kitties can include and are not limited to
There are over 700 different herbs that are poisonous to cats, and cause kidney, heart, liver and nervous system failure, If you have any question about a certain plant, herb or food item, simply call your vet, a poison control center or check the web for up to date information
Also a lurking danger is the Christmas tree water dish and whatever you may put into it to help preserve the life of the tree. Chemicals, fertilizers and aspirins are all dangerous if digested.
Tinsel, ribbon and many tree decorations are shiny and attractive to your kitty and can be life threatening to them if eaten. Never try to remove ribbon or tinsel from the mouth or anus of your pet if swallowed. Always seek professional medical attention.
Visit your vet for follow up care, in some cases...as soon as you know they have ingested these poisonous items.
A list of some additional toxic flowers can include and are not limited to
Lilies can cause death in your kitty
Daisies (excluding Gerber Daisies)
Birds of Paradise
Jade (certain types)
For an extensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants, you can visit among many other sites available on line this link here http://www.cat-world.com.au/plants-a-other-chemicals-toxic
I wish you a very happy and safe holiday season for your family and your pets : ) and so does our fluffy family member, Buddy : )
|Orchids are not poisonous, he thinks they're pretty : )|
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