Monday, 1 August 2022
Cat Hazards **RERUN** The Art of Keeping Your Cat Safer ~ Top 12 Common Cut Flowers Toxic For Cats & To Avoid ~ **Free Printable List with Pictures**
Happy Monday supurr pals
Today we're sharing a rerun of Part Three of our Cat Hazards series, and we're carrying from our last C.H. post in which we discussed what house plants to avoid.
If mew're new to being cat staff, then maybe there are a few things mew haven't thought about, and we're here to point mew in the right direction so mew can learn what's safe and what's not. And for those seasoned and veteran cat staff, do feel free to add more suggestions in the comments as...
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
...and helps avoid and avert all kinds of disasters.
Let's Talk About Cut Flowers or Bouquets
Let's take a look at our Top 12 Common Cut Flowers Toxic For Cats list of what mew really don't want in your bouquet or cut flower arrangement.
There are many more cut flowers that are not safe to have in your home, so we suggest mew do your homewurk and make informed decisions for the safety of your cat.
The P.A. refuses to have cut flowers in the house. In fact, she hates cut flowers and thinks all flowers should stay in the garden where she can look at them for months on end instead of a week or so. Though she does fully understand and appreciate for peeps who don't have a garden or outdoor space and who do like a riot of colour around their homes using cut flowers. Still, there are other ways to indulge in this scenario, purrlease see our top tip below.
Let's Talk Cut Flowers
If mew're a fan of the readily available bouquets at supermarkets or other retail stores, they're pretty much filled with the flowers or a combo of what we've mentioned above and generally are not safe to have around your kitty.
If mew go to a florist and custom order a bouquet, then mew can obviously choose safe flowers to have in your home. However, don't go to your florist and expect them to know which flowers are cat safe and which are not; the chances of them knowing this info is slim unless the florist is actually cat pawrent themselves.
We despair when we see on social media that someone has a vase filled with the huge stargazer lilies, and their cat is sitting right next to it, just one nudge and that deadly pollen is on the cat's fur and the next thing the cat is having a bath, and then the very next thing is they're off the vet with a whole host of symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite, urination issues and even purrhaps kidney failure. Or they share pictures of their cats with their noses stuck amongst the petals of say, tulips or daffs, like WHAT THE FLUFF PEEPS!
KEEP CATS AWAY FROM FLOWERS
Unless they're on the safe list, and we'll be sharing our Top 12 Safe Flowers For Cats soon, so mew can build up a knowledge base of what's hot and what definitely is not in the kitty kouture flower wurld.
Just remember your cat doesn't know that they are poisonous, Fluffy doesn't have a degree in botany, and as we said in our last Cat Hazards post, it's always a great idea to have some fresh cat grass indoors for them to nibble on should they fancy getting their daily greens intake up.
Check out our definitive guides to growing greens for your cat:
We know not everypawdy lives with access to a garden or outdoor space and therefore love to have flowers in their homes, and we totally understand the need for colour and nature in our daily lives. Though this could prove supurr dangerous for Fluffy if he or she decides to become a flower fancier.
Our solution is not only practical, but it also saves money too, and mew get to have oodles of pretty flowers indoors.
There are many companies who make excellent faux flowers, and we did mention one such company in our previous post - see the link at the top of this post - we know it's probably not the vibe most flowers lovers want, but what's more impawtant; the safety of your cat or a bunch of flowers that will be dead in a week or two, and could pawsibly be deadly to your cat as well?
Mew can also purrchase dried flower arrangements, as they're back in vogue now after years of being seen as somewhat dated and old-fashioned, or mew can even make your own arrangement.
Some of the dried arrangements available to buy are absolutely gorgeous and as with faux flowers, a little dust once a week or a quick blow with the hairdryer to keep them clean and fresh is all they require, and they last for as long as mew want them too.
If mew think that Fluffy may have ingested something that he or she shouldn't have, call your emergency vet immediately.
Or call the Animal Poisonline run by the PDSA on 01202 509000 - calls cost £30 payable at the time of the call.
If mew are in the USA, mew can call Pet Poison Helpline on 855-764-7661 - they have a $75 charge payable at the time of the call.
Our advice, check online for your country and keep the number handy, whether that's stored in your phone or on the fridge, or where mew keep your emergency numbers.
Please note: these are not affiliate links, and we are in no way linked to either organisation in any capacity.
(Prices accurate at the time of posting - August 2022)
It doesn't take long to make your home a safe place, and mew'd do it for a baby/toddler/child, so do it for your cat too, and our K9 buddies of course.
Check out part four, where we cover Candles and Spray Air Fresheners, and if mew missed any of our previous Cat Hazards posts, stop by our Top Tips for Pawents page, and mew'll find a veritable info-fest of helpful stuff and pointers to help mew safely navigate pet pawrenthood.
Until next time...
Wing Commander Basil & The B Team
Disclaimer: We are not vets, animal medical professionals, animal doctors or have any formal qualifications in animal health. If mew are worried or concerned about anything at all, purrlease take your feline furiend to your purrsonal veterinarian or other health care provider and seek expert advice and assistance immediately.
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