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Welke kamerplanten zijn giftig voor katten? Een overzicht van gevaarlijke groene vrienden

Which houseplants are poisonous to cats? An overview of dangerous green friends

As cat lovers, it is our responsibility to create a safe environment for our beloved four-legged friends. One of the most important aspects of this is making sure that the houseplants we have in our home do not pose a danger to our curious and adventurous cats. Some houseplants can be poisonous and cause serious health problems if a cat nibbles on them or touches the leaves and flowers. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of some of the most common poisonous houseplants for cats so you can make an informed choice when choosing greenery for your home.

  1. Lilies (Lilium and Hemerocallis species):

Although beautiful and fragrant, lilies can be extremely poisonous to cats. Even a small amount of leaves, flowers, or even pollen can lead to kidney failure in cats. It is therefore better to completely avoid lilies from your home if you have a cat.

  1. Dieffenbachia (Domestica):

The Dieffenbachia, also known as the 'dumb nettle', is known for its striking leaves with a combination of white and green. However, if a cat chews these leaves, it can lead to severe irritation of the mouth and throat, resulting in difficulty swallowing and breathing.

  1. Spathiphyllum (Spathiphyllum):

The Peace Lily is a common houseplant because of its air-purifying properties and beautiful white flowers. Still, the juice can cause mouth and stomach irritation in cats, leading to salivation and vomiting.

  1. Philodendron (several species):

The Philodendron is a popular houseplant because of its easy care and attractive leaves. However, the calcium oxalate crystals present can cause severe irritation of the mouth and tongue in cats.

  1. Caladium:

Like the Philodendron, the Caladium also contains calcium oxalate crystals that lead to irritation of the mouth and stomach in cats, and are often accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea.

  1. Azalea and Rhododendron:

These beautiful flowering shrubs contain toxins that can be harmful to cats. Eating the leaves or flowers can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and even heart problems.

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It is of utmost importance to know which houseplants are poisonous to cats and to completely avoid them in your home if you have a four-legged friend walking around. If you do have one of these plants in your home, consider placing them in a safe place that your cat cannot reach, or opt for safe alternatives. It is always wise to consult your vet if you suspect that your cat may have ingested something poisonous. With a little awareness and care, we can ensure that our cats can enjoy our green paradise in a safe and healthy environment.

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