Not all flowers you use for home décor are safe for cats but you do not entirely have to do away from flowers or houseplants. Certain flowers and plants are dangerous for your feline friend. Most plants and flowers are known to cause mild stomach upsets when ingested by cats while some are poisonous. Whereas some of the flowers and plants are safe for cats. It is important to note that not all flowers or plants that are safe for dogs are safe for cats if you are a parent for both pets. For example, lilies can cause kidney failure in cats while it causes mild stomach upset for dogs.
If you are considering a revamp for your home décor with flowers and plants, it is for you to choose those that are safe for your cat.
Safe flowers for cats include;
Native to South America, Alstroemeria has about 50 species and flowers mainly in the cool seasons. It is simple of wealth, fortune, prosperity, and friendship. They are super beautiful and produces no fragrance. The good thing about this flower is that it is safe for cats and no fragrance which some cats may be allergic to.
This is a beautiful flower that grows wild in cape province, South Africa. You can grow freesias from bulbs and can be planted on vases or flowerbeds. Freesias have been proven to be pet-friendly especially cats. There is no better way to revamp your home décor than using freesias and the best part is that they are pet-friendly.
They have little fragrance but have a lot to offer to homeowners. The purple to lavender blooms will satisfy your visual exclamation, secondly, they attract bees hence beneficial if you own a beehive around, and thirdly, your fingers won’t resist rifling through blooms during late summer. The best part; they are pet-friendly, even if your cat tries some.
Asters are daisy-like perennial flowers that do well in many conditions. You can grow them as borders, on rock gardens and wild-flower gardens. Asters make your compound beautiful and are pet-friendly. If your cat is tempted to test, you have no course for alarm.
Roses are common types of flowers that everybody loves. They are beautiful and you can grow then in the flower garden or vase them. Roses come in different colors common being red and white. You are free to have them in your home because they are pet-friendly.
This flower can be difficult to grow especially when you don’t give them all they want. It is a beautiful flower and highly demanded on many occasions. If you successfully grow this flower in your home, you will enjoy the fragrance and the blooms in one measure. Its flower is beautiful in bloom and even before it blooms. It is cat-friendly and no course for alarm when your cat decides to test.
Other pet-friendly flowers include; Gerber Daisies, Snapdragon, Orchid, Statice, Wax Flower, and Sunflowers.
Cat parents should steer far away from the following flowers if they want peace of mind concerning their feline friend because often than not, felines are curious and want to try anything new they come across; but it doesn’t mean you can’t grow them after all, you can take extra measures to make sure your cat can’t access them and still provide beauty to your home. Here is the list;
- Baby’s Breath
- Bird of Paradise
If you are into houseplants, it is a good idea and it makes your home look eco-friendly. What is more, it can help purify the air but not all of them are safe for cats. Here is the list of houseplants that are safe for homes with cats. Even if they ingest because of their curiosity to try new things, they are no harm to them;
- Areca Palm
- Boston Fern
- Friendship Plant
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Hens and Chicks
- Old Man Cactus
- Lady Palm
- Lemon Balm
- Reed Palm
- Painted Lady
- Shrimp Cactus
- Venus Flytrap
- Spider Plant (Spider Ivy)
- Zebra Haworthia
Now that you know what flowers to revamp your home with if you are a cat parent, it is advisable to keep cats away from them even when they are considered safe. There could be other dangers that could threaten the health of your cat. For example, the flower powder food used to keep flowers nourished for a long time are poisonous to cats. Cats are curious and would try anything stupid, flower vases are delicate and your cat may injure herself when they run over. It is also dangerous to you when you try to collect broken pieces off the ground. Instead of using flower vases, it is good to use hangers, your pet won’t reach them easily even though cats are notorious climbers.
Signs to look out for flower poisoning
If curiosity has taken immensely over your cat and has tried some of the beautiful flowers in the home, here are some of the symptoms they might present that should raise a concern.
- Increased urination
- Dry mouth
- Thirst and disinterest in food
Signs and symptoms above are obvious for poisoning and you should seek vet intervention the soonest as possible.
What to do if your cat ate unsafe flowers
The first thing to do is call the vet and explain the symptoms presented by your cat. If you must take your cat to the pet hospital, take along with you the flower or the bouquet you suspect. A beautiful home can’t miss a bouquet or houseplants. But the same home has felines as part of the family, then extra care needs to be taken especially when it involves potentially toxic flowers for cats. It is a step ahead if you know what flowers are toxic and which ones are not so that every member of your family including cats and dogs enjoys the fragrance of fresh flowers without fear.