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Protect Your Cats from Poisonous Plants During the Holidays

Protect Your Cats from Poisonous Plants Commonly Used in Holiday Decorating

When we decorate our homes for the holidays, we don’t often stop to think about the dangers festive indoor plants can pose to our furry friends. Much of the foliage traditionally used in holiday décor, such as mistletoe and holly, are toxic to pets and can cause serious pet emergencies. It only takes your curious pet seconds to ingest a toxic leaf and become seriously ill or even die. Here are some holiday safety tips for keeping your dogs and cats healthy over the holidays from your veterinarian friends at the Emergency Animal Clinic of Topeka.

Decorate Carefully When Using the Following Plants

Live plants can be a huge danger to your furry family members. Avoid the following live plants, or place them in inaccessible spots:

Mistletoe: This Christmas favorite is extremely toxic to cats. If your pet ingests any mistletoe, they should be taken to the vet immediately.

Poinsettias: Poinsettias aren’t poisonous, but they can irritate the mouth and stomach, causing your cat to vomit.

Holly Berries: The berries and leaves of holly plants can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and even depression in cats.

Lily: Lilies are poisonous plants to cats. A cat who has ingested any part of this plant should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

Pine Tree Needles: Depending on the tree variety, pine needles can irritate your cat’s mouth or be toxic.

Consider Going Faux for Your Cat

Holiday safety should be more important than your decorations. Artificial greenery may not look or smell as good as real plants, but they are a lot safer for your cat. Artificial plants are less of a health risk if your feline takes a nibble, and using them could avoid a pet emergency.

When to Seek Pet Emergency Care at Emergency Animal Clinic of Topeka

If your cat shows any signs of having ingested toxic plant materials, such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, or shows any problem with balance or alertness, it is critical that you schedule an appointment with Emergency Animal Clinic of Topeka immediately. Give us a call at (785) 272-2926.


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