Friday, March 31, 2017

Poisonous Plant Purr-Cautions

I would like to apologize to my Be-Believers for my absence.  I have to say I’ve been all kinds of confused with the weather here in Texas and the warmth has made me extra sleepy and I might have increased my cat naps by a couple, or a few, or OKAY, I increased my cat naps by a lot each day.  I thought spring started two months ago!  To my surprise I learned from these humans that spring just started.  When I heard this, my ears perked up like the Easter Bunny.  If I do say so myself, the Easter Bunny is quite the charming fella with those ears that stand so tall and fuzzy. Okay, I may or may not have a crush on this debonair, bouncy little fella.  Shhhhhhh!
Any who, hearing that it is spring, I realized I need to do my cat duty and inform every one of the dangers of the beautiful flowers that line our yards or fill a vase and smell oh so good. I wanted to start with a list of the most common plants and flowers you may have around your house that may be  dangerously disguised in beauty and pleasant aromas. Easter lilies are often in bouquets of flowers as well as in well-manicured landscaped yards. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying do not bring me a bouquet of flowers, I love flowers! I just ask that you leave out the lilies.  In case you want to know, because I know you do, I love bouquets full of bright colors of reds, oranges, purples and yellows. Oh, sorry, I think I got off track.  What can I say a girl likes flowers. Back to the topic at hand, or should I say topic at paw.  I crack myself up!!! So anyways, there are also so many beautiful flowers planted in the yards at this time of the year that can be poisonous that you should know about so pay close attention. I can get out my laser pointer if that helps keep you focused.  Many of these you may be shocked to see on the list, but be aware that Azalea, Oleander, Angel’s Trumpet, Day Lily, Tiger Lily, Elephant Ears and Sago Palm all can cause toxicity in your pets. Some of the less common that you should still make note of is Monkshood, Japanese Pieris, Lily of the Valley, Foxglove, Rhododendron, Autumn Crocus, Yew, Yesterday Today & Tomorrow and Calla Lilies that all made the list as well. 

I have seen first-hand pets being brought into the clinic for plant toxicity, so please be sure if you have pets at home that you do not choose these plants and flowers to brighten up your scenery.  There are many other plants that are purrfectly safe that if your pet took a little nibble there would be no adverse affects. We all know that is what us pets do, nibble on anything and everything.   Sometimes it may be a mild case of nausea, but some of these plants and flowers can actually lead to death.  I don’t like to use that word, but I am doing my cat duty and I want to make sure I get my point across, so I had to pull the “d” word out of my cat bag. Hey but in case you’re wondering the cat is still in the bag.  LOL, seriously, I crack myself up!!! Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and remember life is short and remember life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 

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