No doubt, houseplants belong in every home. They brighten and brighten up any room, plus they help improve the air. However, be aware that there are many houseplants that can be potentially dangerous to your cats, who are prone to nibbling and chewing on things. Below are three of the most well-known plants that pose some risk to these little furry pets.
One of the most common and beautiful plants is the Shovelweed, which blooms mainly in the spring and fall. Its beautiful dark green leaves with shovel-shaped flowers and low maintenance make it a very popular plant for interior decoration. However, Scapes contains calcium oxalate and if ingested can cause excessive salivation, vomiting, irritation of the digestive tract, mouth and in the worst cases can cause respiratory problems if large amounts are ingested. They are dangerous if ingested and pollen from the flowers can irritate the skin if touched.
Aloe Vera plants are popular in many industries such as food and medicine. Due to its healing power of the gel, which is abundant in the leaves, Aloe has gained high popularity. Everyone knows Aloe Vera well, it is characterized by its juicy and long leaves with softer spines on the sides. For the human body, this plant has directly beneficial effects, be it for skin or overall health, but for cats, Aloe can be dangerous. It can cause lethargy, vomiting and severe diarrhea.
The third popular plant is English ivy. It is easy to grow and can be placed in smaller spaces such as corners. It has beautiful small pointed leaves and likes to be hung, then lowers its beautiful tendrils to the ground. Its hanging twigs can make it an attraction for cats. Which may not be worthwhile, as ivy is toxic to cats. If ingested, it can cause throat swelling, dermatitis, ataxia, vomiting or excessive salivation.