Much like children, pets like to explore. It’s impossible to keep an eye on your cat all the time, but it’s not impossible to make your home a safer place for a cat to live in. You can start by getting rid of any plants that are toxic to cats, or at least moving them to an unreachable place. Look out for symptoms of toxicity, and don’t forget to keep up with vaccinations and checkups.
Cats are particularly curious animals, and they love to explore. They especially love climbing, so don’t be surprised if you find your cat scaling your favorite plant. There’s a surprisingly long list of plants that are toxic to cats, and it includes lilies, chrysanthemum, and sago palm. If you’re the green thumb type and you have plants in your house, avoid plants that can harm your cat. This also extends to your outdoor garden if your cat doesn’t always stay indoors.
If your cat seems to be acting out of character or showing obvious symptoms of sickness, you should take her to the vet as soon as you can. The symptoms of toxicity that show up are typically related to a certain bodily system. Depending on the type of plant your cat came in contact with, a different organ may be affected. Symptoms could range from vomiting and diarrhea from intestinal irritation to trouble breathing or swallowing if the airways or throat are affected.
Even knowing this information, you might not be able to tell if your cat gets into a houseplant. There’s no use in guessing at what the problem is if you’re not a veterinarian, so make an appointment to see a professional instead.
If you’re worried about your cat’s health for any reason, call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559. Peruse our website to see what our veterinarians can do for your furry friends.