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Photos of Outdoor Plants Toxic to Cats
It should be said that most cats will not eat plants outdoors, as long as grass is available. However, occasionally, out of boredom or curiosity, a cat may nibble a leaf or stem. From personal experience, I have shared my home at one time or another with over 40 cats, and I have yet to lose one from ingesting harmful plants.
Still, if you're of the "safe rather than sorry" frame of mind, as I usually am, you need to know which plants are potentially harmful, and by what degree.
Pictures shown on the following pages depict some of the more popular plants toxic to cats. This is not an exhaustive list - for that, see the ASPCA's Toxic Plants List. Let's take a walk through this lovely but potentially lethal garden for cats.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Azaleas - Moderately Toxic to CatsAzaleas are a member of the Rhododendron family, and all plants in this family are moderately toxic to cats, including all parts of the plants. According to The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine is that "Pets may nibble or taste the leaves out of curiosity or boredom, and this is not advised, but seldom leads to clinical toxicosis."
The ASPCA Poison Center is more guarded: Clinical Signs: include "vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death."Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Chrysanthemums' Toxicity to CatsChrysanthemums are popular perennials for fall color. The leaves and stem are the toxic part. Petplace.com lists these clinical symptoms: "Ingestion results in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, drooling and lack of appetite." In my opinion, the scent alone would be enough to keep most cats away.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Daffodils' Toxicity to CatsDaffodils, also known as Narcissus, are the traditional harbinger of Spring, but can cause upset tummies, vomiting, and/or diarrhea or worse, if your Puss eats the foliage, flowers, or pods.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Hydrangeas' Toxicity to CatsHydrangeas are making a gardening comeback due to their immense popularity as dried flowers in arrangements. Their toxicity level is low and may result in stomach pains, vomiting, and weakness if the flower heads are ingested.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Iris Toxicity to CatsIris are favorite flowers in old-fashioned gardens, where they were once known as "Flags." They are fairly safe to use in gardening, once planted, as the bulbs are the suspect part for toxicity, causing typical gastrointestinal symptoms.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Ivy's Toxicity to CatsIvy is commonly used both as ground cover, and for shade, as in covering gazebos or trellises. Many species of ivy are considered moderately toxic, and can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, along with breathing difficulty, coma, or even death, if a sufficient amount of leaves is ingested.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Lily Toxicity to CatsLilies are legion; they come in many varieties almost year-round. Sad to say, they are on the "least wanted" list of plants in a garden for cats, as ingestion of any part of the plant can ultimately lead to death. Hardly worth it, I'd say.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Marigold's Toxicity to CatsMarigolds are sturdy, perky little annuals, colorful and exceptionally easy to grow. Their pungeant aroma helps keeps insects at bay, and they are commonly planted near roses to deter aphids. However, if your cat eats marigold leaves or stems, she will suffer mild mouth irritation, possible drooling, tummy pain and diarrhea.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Wisteria Toxicity to CatsWisteria is naturally a vine, but has been trained to grow as trees by some horticulturists. The seeds and pods are the toxic part, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and collapse, if ingested.