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Like dogs, cats are animals that tend to eat plants to purify your body or acquire certain vitamins that your usual diet does not provide. Although it may seem normal and harmless, the truth is that we must be very careful with the plants we buy to decorate our home or garden, as there are many very toxic for them.
These plants can produce dermatological, digestive, neurological, cardiac, renal or even death damages in our cat. To prevent this from happening, we detail what they are the most common toxic plants for cats and what causes your intake in our pet.
Depending on the type of toxic plant that our cat has ingested or touched, it will develop a series of symptoms or others. The most common disorders and health problems that occur in the feline are the following:
They usually produce gastrointestinal problems that cause acute diarrhea, vomiting and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis; liver failure that results in loss of appetite and mood decay (in addition to diarrhea and vomiting); and acute gastritis, mainly.
Plants that affect the nervous system can cause seizures, spasms, excessive salivation, lack of coordination, hallucinations and even present eye damage or dilation of the pupils.
They can increase the heart rate of the animal, produce arrhythmias, breathing difficulties and, in the most severe cases, cardiac arrest.
It usually shows the first symptoms after a few hours after poisoning, the main one being vomiting, so it can be confused with a gastrointestinal disorder. As the days go by and renal failure becomes more extensive, vomiting remits and other signs appear, such as weight loss (anorexia), dehydration and depression.
This type of condition appears by direct contact with the toxic plant and develops irritation in the affected area, inflammation, beak and intense pain, stinging, redness and even hair loss.
Depending on the type of poisoning and the plant, the cat may develop a type of disorder or several. Below we show you the most common toxic plants depending on the type of damage that our cat causes its consumption or friction.
The most common toxic plants that cause cardiac disorders, damage to the digestive or nervous system of our cat are the following:
In addition to these toxic plants, there are other highly dangerous for cats that also produce digestive, nervous or heart problems: garlic, apple tree and apricot (seeds and fruit bones are toxic), aconite, aligustro, lupine, aloe, anapella , button of gold, horse chestnut, onion, colquico, foxglove, blackthorn, jimmy, yellow jasmine, laurel, hedge plant, rhododendron, elder and yew.
If you have any of these plants at home you should make sure that it stays out of reach of your cat. Also, if you suspect that your cat has been poisoned by the intake or direct contact of any of them, do not hesitate and take it to the vet as soon as possible. Remember that the severity of the symptoms is tied to the amount ingested by the plant and that some of them are even deadly.
The most common plants that cause a dysfunction of the renal system in cats are the liliaceae (such as tulips, lilies and lilies) and the hemerocallis (better known as day lilies). All the parts of both plants are highly toxic, such is its toxicity that it is enough to ingest a simple leaf to develop the symptoms.
In case of nibbling or ingesting one of the two plants, the cat will present vomiting, loss of appetite and decay. As the damage to the renal system progresses, the feline will reduce vomiting until it completely disappears, begin to cause anorexia due to lack of food, and may even stop producing urine.
The symptoms are not immediate, the first signs usually appear after two hours after the ingestion of the plant. If we do not notice them, the kidney failure becomes acute after three days after the poisoning. Therefore, it is essential go to the vet, since only medical treatment can save the life of our cat.
In addition to the previous plants that cause dermatological disorders in addition to the gastrointestinal, there are others that mainly cause this type of problem in our cat. The most common are the following:
Upon direct contact with any of these plants, the cat will develop skin irritation, rashes, redness, swelling, itching, intense pain, itching, blisters and even localized alopecia. If swallowed, it can cause mouthburn and gastrointestinal problems.
In mild cases by contact, we can treat the damage with anti-inflammatory ointments containing cortisone, always prescribed by veterinary experts, and cover the affected area with cold compresses to soothe itching. However, in the most serious cases, indispensable to go to the vet to administer the feline intravenously the most appropriate antiallergic treatment.
This article is merely informative, in .com we do not have the faculty to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or discomfort.
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