Poisonous plants for cats
The habit of the pet to chew the juicy leaves can cause food poisoning and more serious consequences. Poisonous indoor plants for cats are particularly dangerous, since the street cat will probably prefer to chew an ordinary blade of grass, not a suspicious Bush. How to wean the pet from the habit to eat potted herbs, and some flowers that are dangerous for cats, it is not necessary to grow on the window sills?
Popular houseplants are dangerous to cats
Disappointing for a lover of plants fact: almost all of the potted herbs grown on the window sills, are toxic to cats. Some plants cause a slight discomfort, others vomiting and diarrhea, while others can kill a cat, even if she eats only a little piece. Often the owner can be heard: “It’s all nonsense. I grow house plants poisonous to cats, but the cat chewed a leaf that feels great”. The fact that cats react differently to the toxin, trapped in the esophagus. By analogy, they are like people, tobecause poisonous mushrooms: the one going to the hospital, another will feel a slight discomfort, and the third is happy and healthy, although I ate more than everyone. In addition, many poisonous plants for cats is a time bomb: the years toxin accumulates in the body, while once the concentration reaches a critical level.
Azalea raduates the lush greenery and the extraordinary beauty of flowers, but the juice contains an alkaloid, is dangerous not only for cats but for people. Once in the stomach of cats, the venom depresses the Central nervous system that leads to food disorders, cramps, swollen larynx, heart-rhythm disorders.
Shefflera and dieffenbachia – houseplants that are toxic to cats even if the cat won’t eat and will only eat the leaf. The juice is extremely toxic and causes irritation of the mouth, swelling of the larynx up until you stop breathing. Once in the eye, the poison irritates the delicate skin of the eyelids and a conjunctiva – the cat is in pain, shakes his head and rubs his muzzle paws.
Cyclamen love for simplicity and abundant flowering: colorful butterflies fluttering over the green lawn. But dangerous. After tasting a leaf or stem, a cat can seriously poison: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Chewing the tuber, the pet can die from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.
Ivy and chrysanthemum is not so dangerous, but if the cat eats a lot of greens, bad things can happen. If you just take a bite out of a leaf, you feel unwell: possible diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Caladium and philodendron flowers that are dangerous for cats a high content of toxic acids in the leaves and stems. If the poison gets into the body, may begin swelling of the larynx. Even a small amount of acid adversely affects the kidneys and can lead to chronic dysfunction. Fortunately, the juice of these plants burns the mucous, so cats rarely swallow the poisonous leaves.
A detailed list of dangerous for the cat plants from the end of the article.
How to decorate window sills?
In the first place should pay attention to the plants, scaring the cats. The list is small, but there are plenty to choose: the Ponderosa, sheddok, calamondin, kinkan, lemongrass, tangerine. Cats hate the smell of citrus, so even enticed by lush greenery, will not swallow the fragrant leaf. Coleus is a dog – a modest flower, a pungent odor scaring away all the animals. This is a garden perennial, but the dog Coleus can be grown in pots.
Guess which plants don’t like cats of all breeds and ages? Correctly, the cacti! These evil thorns quickly “teach” your pet taste indoor greenery. Do not be afraid for the cat – they are smart and cautious, needles legs do not collect. Only you need to choose a really thorny species with tiny soft spikes the cat will be easy. To plant cacti better groups, stable in wide bowls (small pots will be on the floor after the first “attack” a cat).
The following house plants safe for cats, is very popular and undemanding in care: arrowroot, begonia, Chlorophytum, Camellia, Coleus room. Conditionally safe dracaena (except fringed) and Saintpaulia (violet room).
Landscaping with benefits
If your pet likes to chew on flowers, offer her an alternative to planting plants useful for cats. Small enough “beds” located away from indoor plants to change your cat’s attention on useful herbs: all grains, Catnip, mint or lemon balm, thyme. All these plants are useful for humans – fresh leaves can be added to tea, shoots and grains in salads. The cat will thank the owner for such gift, leaving the carpet furball or part eaten Breakfast – don’t worry, this is normal. Better to remove the dirt, than to treat a pet from gastric disorders.
On another flower don’t open wide rotok
The cat, defiant, ready to die but not to obey, there’s still one weakness. She is a slave of habits. So sometimes tender shoots of oats or fragrant leaves of lemon balm are not attracted to the cat just because she used to chew harmful ficus.
A few tips will help to decide how to protect flowers from the cat in each case:
the simplest solution is to hang planters with flowers on the wall or place wall-mounted shelves;
lubricate the edge of the pots and some leaves of plants cinnamon oil;
put in a pot the lid from the plastic bottle, pour in red pepper. Sometimes advise to breed a pepper with water and spray the plant, but the flower can not withstand such blasphemy;
if you don’t like citrus plants, repelling cats, you can use lemon zest or lime: cut into small pieces and put in pots. Mixed with water lemon juice can spray the leaves and twigs, but flowering plants should not be subjected to such testing;
vinegar hate all cats, and is a great deterrent, however, to endure a terrible smell have all family members;
so the cat stopped to jump onto the window sill, need to cover it with aluminum foil. It is slippery and scary rustling with every movement – almost all foil cats hate.
the plants and pots you can spray “anthracinum”. This is a bitter liquid applied to education Pets who love to taste everything.