Springtime Flowers That Are Toxic to Cats: Beyond Banish the Bulbs!

We are so in love with this time of year! The wildflowers and flowers at the farmers market make us so happy. It really annoys me when I ask a flower vendor if they know if a plant or flower is toxic to cats and they say they have no idea. I think if you sell something you should know about it. But that said, here’s a list of many of the flowers to avoid bringing home this time of year, as well as their effects on cats.

  • Azalea – heart failure and death
  • Clematis – vomiting, diarrhea, mouth ulcers
  • Crocus – severe vomiting and diarrhea, liver and kidney damage, respiratory failure, seizures
  • Daffodils – any part of the flower, stem, leaves can cause vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea
  • Delphinium – death
  • Easter Cactus – vomiting and diarrhea
  • Foxglove – vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac failure, death
  • Gladiolas – vomiting, diarrhea
  • Hyacinths – heart problems, tremors, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty
  • Larkspur – constipation, drooling, convulsions
  • Lilies – All of them, any time of the year, absolutely all of them can kill your cat! Seizures are just the start!
  • Narcissus – shivering, convulsions, tremors, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure
  • Rhododendron – Vomiting, diarrhea, coma, cardiovascular failure, death
  • Tulips – heart problems, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty
  • Wisteria – vomiting, diarrhea, could be fatal

At our house about the only flowers you’ll ever see are fair trade roses. You cannot go wrong with a nice bunch of roses! But make sure they are organic and fair trade – many roses are sprayed heavily with pesticides. Demand organic roses. We love Lilacs which are safe. We adore lilacs during their all too short season. Other cat-safe flowers include: African violets, Alyssum, Calendula, Bachelor’s Buttons, Begonias, Columbine, Coneflowers, Gerber Daisies, Hollyhocks, Impatiens, Nasturtium, Orchids, Petunias, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, Violets, Zinnias.

If you are like me and love flowering herbs these make very sweet little rustic bouquets, darling in Mason jars: Basil, Bee Balm, Cilantro or Coriander, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lovage, All of the Mints, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme.

This page will give you a pretty good overview of plants and flowers to avoid year round:

http://www.1stinflowers.com/articles/poisonous-plants-for-cats.html

 
 

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