UPDATED: Lists of plants toxic to pets are helpful but seeing a photo-based infographic, makes it much easier to instantly recognize the dangerous ones. We’re happy to share this huge, infographic, created from a list of toxic plants from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s most common causes of emergency calls and Texas A&M’s common poisonous plants and plant parts guide. Please bookmark, share or print this guide as a handy reference.
As we’re about to enter National Cat Health Month, I believe nothing is more beneficial than prevention.
Much attention is placed on toxic lilies but did you know lilies are ranked #4 and the pretty houseplant caladium is #2?
For years, researchers have speculated on the reasons why cats eat plants. The truth is, we really don’t know why, except that plant-eating is a common behavior among wild and domestic cats. Some have speculated that it may be because the cat feels nauseous, and uses the grass to induce vomiting. But a recent survey of cat owners revealed that very few cats that consumed plants actually vomited. And it was suspected that many of the cats that did vomit the grass had underlying gastrointestinal problems that were aggravated by the grasses, which led to vomiting. Nutritional deficiencies have also been proposed, although no direct connection has ever been established. Since smell is so important to a cat’s dietary intake, perhaps they just like the attractive smell of odorous plants. Some cats are more curious plant nibblers than others.