houseplants and cat?
mick.partis at hri.ac.uk
Fri Oct 4 03:28:31 EST 1996
jmgriggs at fas.harvard.edu (James Griggs) wrote:
>[ Article crossposted from sci.bio.botany ]
>[ Author was James Griggs ]
>[ Posted on 29 Sep 1996 18:31:17 GMT ]
>What plants are the definite no-no for a houselhold with one very curious
>Thank you in advance for your time,
There is a section in the Basic Health Care FAQ for rec.pets.cats which
gives a listing of indoor and outdoor plants which can cause problems for
cats. I have reproduced the indoor plant list below: I am sure that the
list is not exhaustive, but should cover most of the commonly found
plants with feline toxicity.
* Gives a rash after contact: chrysanthemum; creeping fig; weeping
fig; pot mum; spider mum.
* Irritating; the mouth gets swollen; tongue pain; sore lips --
potentially fatal, these plants have large calcium oxalate
crystals and when chewed, esophageal swelling may result,
resulting in death unless an immediate tracheotomy is done:
Arrowhead vine; Boston ivy; caladium; dumbcane (highly fatal);
Emerald Duke; heart leaf (philodendrum); Marble Queen; majesty;
neththyis; parlor ivy; pathos; red princess; saddle leaf
(philodendron); split leaf (philodendron).
* Generally toxic; wide variety of poisons; usually cause vomiting,
abdominal pain, cramps; some cause tremors, heart and respiratory
and/or kidney problems (difficult for you to interpret):
Amaryllis; azalea; bird of paradise; crown of thorns; elephant
ears; glocal ivy; heart ivy; ivy; Jerusalem cherry; needlepoint
ivy; pot mum; ripple ivy; spider mum; umbrella plant.
After reading this list, my own house lost most of it's greenery!
mick.partis at hri.ac.uk Horticulture Research International
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