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What Flowers To Keep Away From Your Cats

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Whether your cats are in the garden, the house, or the wild, they always seem to find a way to play with and eat flowers. You may not want them playing with the flowers you just bought from a local flower shop, but the flower could actually be detrimental to their health (and your wallet). When you buy flowers from Welke’s House of Roses in Milwaukee, we want you to be happy with your purchase. By knowing what flowers could be poisonous to your pets, you can order flowers with ease.

Poisonous Flowers And Plants For Cats

Let’s face it: cats are both mischievous and curious. When it comes to plants, this could result in some less-than-desirable situations for both you and your cat.

If you have any of these flowers or plants in your home, garden, or office, your cat will likely get into them. Cats will react differently to these plants because of their digestive systems and the amount they eat. However, there are symptoms you can look out for: vomiting, depression, diarrhea, tremors, abdominal pain, paralysis, and more.

Sometimes the plant will only cause mild discomfort. Other times, consuming the plant can lead to death. Check with your vet if you’re concerned, and before you order flowers online read up on the possible side effects they can have on cats.

Lilies, for example, are commonly used in floral arrangements and bouquets. However, Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Easter, Stargazer, and Casa Blanca lilies can all cause kidney failure in cats. Tulips can cause drooling, convulsions, cardiac abnormalities, and loss of appetite. Don’t be too nervous about having tulip floral arrangements at home though — it’s actually the bulb that has the highest concentration of toxins. Below are a majority of poisonous plants for pets, but contact your veterinarian when you’re concerned.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Begonia
  • Carnations
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Gladiola
  • Hosta
  • Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Milkweed
  • Morning Glory
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Spanish Thyme
  • Tomato Plant
  • Tulip and Narcissus Bulbs
  • Yew

Techniques To Keep Cats Away

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in ½ cup of water. Put into a spray bottle and spray or drip onto your flowers. The smell and taste will keep your cats away!
  • Put something sticky — like double-sided tape — near your flowers or plants. Your cats will dislike the stickiness and learn to avoid that area.
  • When cats chomp down on your plants, they likely want greens in their diet. Give them cat grass instead — you’ll save the flowers for you and improve their diet while you’re at it.
  • Cats dislike the smell of citrus, so keep some orange or citrus peels nearby next time you order flowers online.

Here at Welke’s House of Roses, we want you enjoy when you buy flowers and have them in your home. Taking your cat to the vet could diminish your joy in flowers for you. Next time you visit your favorite flower shop or order flowers online, simply check this list. Even if you have to have those lilies around Easter or those poinsettias for Christmas, a little research and prevention can go a long way. 

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