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Your Houseplants Can Harm Your Cat

You like your nice, comfy house with all its plants, but if you're getting a cat, you'll need to do some redecorating. Many houseplants are poisonous to cats, and sometimes even a little nibble can be enough to make the cat sick. Before you bring your new friend into your home, go over each plant and ensure that it is not poisonous. Veterinarians at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas can help evaluate those plants for which you're having trouble finding information.

Cats' Tendency to Chew

Cats, unfortunately, like to chew on things almost as much as dogs. The smaller mouth of a cat means it can't gnaw on everything it sees, but it still goes after wires, leaves, and other smaller or thinner items. Plants are a prime target because a lot of cats both like the fibrous texture and often get bored.

Just Because You Can Eat It Doesn't Mean Your Cat Can

One big mistake that people make is assuming that because a plant is safe for humans, it must be safe for pets, too. This is not true at all. Aloe vera, for example, is commonly used in drinks, but the plant is toxic to cats. Cannabis is also incredibly toxic to cats, and it is the perfect size for a cat to find and chew on.

Watch out for Confusing Names

Sometimes plants have a common name that makes it look like it's related to another plant, which can mislead you regarding safety. For example, take bamboo and lucky bamboo. Real bamboo -- Phyllostachys aurea, the stuff that takes over yards and that giant pandas eat in the wild -- is not generally considered poisonous to cats. However, lucky bamboo is not really bamboo -- it's Dracaena sanderiana, and it's toxic for cats.

Cat Ate Your Plant? Call a Veterinarian, Now!

If your cat eats a plant that is poisonous, the cat will need immediate medical attention. Call All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 257-3222 to arrange to see a vet.

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