Pets can be extremely sensitive to some houseplants because they can cause them serious health problems.
Find out which plants you should keep away from your furry pets to make sure they don’t sniff and nibble on them.
Philodendron is one of the most popular ornamental houseplants in the world. However, it should be noted that its large leaves are not edible and that biting them in pets can cause irritation of the oral cavity and tongue, but also problems with swallowing, excessive salivation, and vomiting.
- Aloe vera
Although this plant with thick fleshy leaves and medicinal juice has miraculous powers when it comes to the health and care of human skin, it can create many problems for pets – from vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors, to depression in cats and dogs.
- Golden Creeper
This attractive climbing plant is life-threatening for cats and dogs because it contains needle-shaped crystals that defend against predators from nature. Digestion of these crystals can irritate the mouth and tongue, swallowing problems, saliva, and vomiting.
- Corn Dragonfly
Corn dragonfly is another popular houseplant, but it can cause big problems for pets. Negative consequences include excessive salivation, vomiting, anorexia, and depression.
- Cikas palm
Chicory or false palm is an ornament of many gardens in the Mediterranean, but this plant with a crown of leathery leaves that resemble a canopy can cause serious problems for your dog or cat. Biting this dangerous plant can cause vomiting, stomach bleeding, blood problems, liver failure, but also a fatal outcome, so it should be kept away from pets.
Your pet will not be able to chew many leaves of this plant before it begins to feel changes in the body. Symptoms include a feeling of intense burning and irritation in the mouth and on the lips themselves, excessive salivation, vomiting, and swallowing problems. You should keep it away from pets, but you should also wash your hands after touching it.
Long-flowered lilies and oriental hybrids of lilies growing from the bulb can cause kidney failure in cats, but not dogs. Lily pollen can be life-threatening for cats. If you can’t do without this ornamental plant, avoid problems by tearing off or trimming the pestle when the flower opens, to avoid problems with your pet.