We are sure that many will agree that when you have pets, they are not “just an animal”, they are part of the family. No matter how big or small, our furry family members become a special part of our lives. For many people, their pets are their companion, their confidant and quite often a unique and special bond is established between owner and pet.
As such, keeping our fur family safe is hugely important, and in this blog post we focus on how to keep cats safe in the home when it comes to plants and flowers.
Image: A customer's cats sat with their new purchase - our Mystic Summer Artificial Flower Bouquet.
Many people love to have a bouquet of beautiful flowers on display in their home, but how many people consider the types of flowers within the bouquet, and whether they are pet-safe or not? Quite often when a new object is introduced to the house, our feline friends have an over-riding urge to investigate, and their inquisitive nature can lead to them being exposed to potentially harmful plants and flowers.
Image: Cats are naturally inquisitive, as seen here investigating our Happy Orange Artificial Flowers Bouquet!
Ascott’s range of Artificial Flower Bouquets – all our artificial flowers are pet-friendly, but we wouldn’t recommend you let your pet chew them anyway to help them keep looking their best!
Live Plants and Flowers that are cat-friendly
Slightly poisonous plants to cats
If these live plants are in your home, they can cause an upset stomach or skin irritation to your pet, so it is best to keep them away from them. If your pet eats any of these plants or flowers, or shows signs of irritation, contact your vet straight away.
Very poisonous plants to cats
Some parts of these live plants are very poisonous to cats and can even be fatal, so keep your cat well away from them. If your pet eats any of these plants or flowers, or shows signs of irritation, contact your vet straight away.
It is worth noting that these lists are non-exhaustive, so if you are not sure on if a plant or flower is safe to have around your pet, you are always best to research it, or check with your vet practice.
Artificial flowers would be a safer alternative if you’d like these flowers in your home.
Two useful sources to refer to are The Cats Protection - Dangerous Plants and The Blue Cross – Plants Poisonous to Cats