Is monstera toxic to cats?
Yes, and it can cause very severe problems. According to the ASPCA, a variety of plants including the Monstera, Bougainvillea and Dracaena are considered highly poisonous to cats and should be avoided. Read on for more information on what your cat is exposed to, and how you can protect your pet.
Monstera poisoning is a dangerous and potentially fatal problem for felines. This plant has many different species, and different leaves. Leaves that are very dark green can have a very mild effect on your cat, but usually only if they are fed in very large quantities. Larger leaves may cause vomiting and diarrhea, leading to dehydration and even death. Most of the plants have very strong-smelling leaves, and can cause feline asthma and even respiratory problems.
It's difficult to say exactly what size and kind of plant your cat is exposed to on your property. It could be a few leaves they’ve found on your lawn, or it could be the whole plant growing and thriving on your property. If you do find a plant in your yard, try to cut it down or take it away immediately.
Other plants can be toxic to your cat too. According to the ASPCA, Dracaena (and its hybrids) are extremely poisonous to felines. You can’t be too careful about where you plant your plants, or where your cats may step. You should also make sure your plants are growing only indoors, and not in your pet’s yard or on your property.
This is why you have to be careful of what you plant inside your home. If you notice a plant that’s a potential danger to your cat, you should be very cautious with it. The ASPCA advises that these plants not be given to your cat.
Monstera poisoning can affect your pet if they eat too many leaves. If you know your cat has an eating disorder or is prone to chewing anything that’s in their mouth, make sure you monitor their consumption of leaves. If you find out they’ve eaten the leaves of a poisonous plant, you need to be sure to contact your vet as soon as possible.
If you live in a more rural area, and find a toxic plant growing near a property you own, you should take it to your local law enforcement office. If you’re dealing with something that’s growing in your yard, or that you picked up from the side of the road, you need to be able to show law enforcement where the plant is, and have them contact an ASPCA-affiliated agency.
This is a very serious problem. Most poisonous plants contain toxins that are lethal to your pet if they eat too many leaves. You can only safely be sure your pet is away from these plants if you’re dealing with plants that are easy to identify and remove.
If you know you have one of these plants growing in your yard, remove it immediately. If you’re worried about how your pet will react, make sure you keep a safe distance from it and make sure your pet is away from it.
You may also want to move your pet, or simply have them stay in a safe place while you deal with it. This way, if your cat does have access to the poison, they won’t be able to eat it.
If you find this information interesting, or know someone who would like to know more about how to keep their pet safe around poison ivy, you should know that they can contact The ASPCA anytime, day or night, at 800-872-7322.
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