When you bring a cat into your home, your furniture and plants become your cat’s territory. However, there are some common household plants that can be toxic to your pet’s health. Is your snake plant toxic to your new cat?
Cats are toxic to snake plants of any kind, whether they are sprouts or fully-grown. If you are thinking of bringing a cat or kitten into your home, you’ll need to relocate the snake plants or remove them from your home.
There are ways to ensure that your snake plants and your new pet will be able to live peacefully together as long as you follow these simple steps. Continue reading to learn more.
Are Snake Plants Toxic To Cats?
If you have a cat in your home, you know it is important to keep your cat entertained. Even though cats require less care than dogs, they still need enrichment in order to not tear up your furniture and disturb your Zoom calls.
As a result, many cat-friendly plants are recommended to pet owners to keep their pets entertained. For instance, cat grass is one of the most commonly used “toys” in cat owners’ homes. Chewing on the grass not only keeps a cat digestive system healthy, but keeps the cat active as well.
When shopping for decorative plants, one thing you have to remember is that if you aren’t careful or don’t plan ahead, you may bring one into your house that puts your cat’s health at risk. In case your cat chews on a snake plant, you’ll have to check with your vet right away since snake plants can quickly cause harm to a cat’s digestive system.
Snake Plant Poisoning Symptoms
Your cat will probably not eat more than one bite of the plant leaves since snake plants are bitter to the taste. In minutes following that first bite, your cat may develop:
Cats who consume snake plants may start exhibiting or complaining of abdominal pain within hours of ingestion. Long-term symptoms of ingestion can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of the tongue and mouth
Snake Plant Poisoning Treatment
Snake plant poisoning can only be treated with medical help from a vet or vet technician. After your cat has consumed the snake plant, you must first induce vomiting or otherwise clear its stomach out.
Your cat could continue to exhibit signs of illness for up to three days after it has consumed snake plant toxins. During this time, you could offer them fluids and privacy at home, or you can leave them with a vet to receive intravenous fluids.
When you leave the vet’s office with your cat, he/she may prescribe antihistamines to relieve their abdominal pain.
When transitioning your cat back into your home, ensure that you give them foods that are gentle on their stomach – wet foods are ideal or softened kibble – so that they don’t get upset.
Watch for Other Plants
However, it’s not only the snake plant that can poison your cat. Before bringing a new pal home, you’ll want to remove all the following plants from areas in which your cat can reach them:
- Poinsettia Plants
Plants that are Safe for Cats?
If you want to become a cat-owner but are not sure what kinds of plants you can have in your home, you need not worry. Not all plants can be dangerous to cat interaction. Some safe plants include:
Keeping a ponytail palm alive is the perfect next gardening experiment if you’ve had difficulty in the past. You can replace your snake plant without causing much of a disruption in your home’s overall appearance as these plants require little light.
Please keep in mind, however, that the fronds may end up getting torn apart, so kitty will likely need a toy to distract them.
The air plant is a great way to participate in the terrarium craze. These plants may seem like more traditional succulents, but for the most part thrive if left to their own devices since they require little water and dirt in the way of growth.
More than that, you can store the plants in unusual places. As a result, they will continue to grow over time, safe and away from your cat.
Calathea Prayer Plant
Calathea prayer plants are larger than most plants, making them ideal to bring home as a house plant. Snake plants have stripes on their leaves that resemble snake plants. Cats cannot consume them, however they are safer (although you must be careful that your cat does not consume them).
High levels of humidity are recommended for Calathea prayer plants. You will make the most of the moisture in your bathroom if you want to include a green addition to it, or if you live in a humid area.
The Calathea family also bears the distinct leaf stripes that distinguish rattlesnake plants from snake plants. They are also particularly adapted to high humidity levels, just like Calathea prayer plants.
In a similar vein, they do not need a great deal of attention in order to thrive. Snake plants can be replaced with a rattlesnake plant without affecting the overall appearance of your home. The adjustment will make your cat safer.
The Calathea zebra will be an excellent choice if you are seeking a smaller Calathea. The stripes are a Calathea signature, and you’ll enjoy them once again.
You can take care of these plants the same way you would their cousins, and they will not adversely affect your cat’s overall health. By using these air purifiers, your cat will experience the great outdoors without actually spending time outside.
Want something that flowers regularly? A hibiscus plant may be your perfect replacement for a snake plant. Hawaiian imagery is frequently associated with these plants due to their bright blooms. A hibiscus plant will grow almost everywhere, provided you have sufficient humidity and temperature for it to flourish.
However, these plants will keep better if they are kept outdoors, although they can be added indoors too. Your cat might try to plant in the potting soil, but using a bit of conditioning you will be able to enjoy the plant’s flowers while keeping your home clean.
What’s The Safest Place To Keep A Snake Plant With Pets?
You may find yourself facing a dilemma if you want to keep your snake plant, but you also want to keep your cat safe. After all, cats are highly active creatures. Your cat can likely get high places that you might keep your snake plant away from.
You will have to determine what kind of boundaries you want to set with your cat if you decide to keep your snake plant. If your cat never joins you in the bedroom, then your snake plant can be kept there. You may find it more beneficial to move your snake plant out onto your patio or front porch rather than leaving your furry friend outside for the evening or most of the day.
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