10 Most Toxic Plants for Cats

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If you own both plants and cats, make sure the plants are not poisonous to felines. Cats are tempted to eat plants, due to curiosity or boredom.

Try to give your cat grass to prevent him from eating your plants, and to be safe, keep only plants such as catnip or wheatgrass, which are not hazardous if ingested.

1. Tiger Lilies

Tiger lilies are probably the most poisonous plants for cats. All the parts of the plant are toxic, and able to cause renal failure. Cats that have ingested this plant will vomit, be lethargic, lack appetite or have increased thirst. If left untreated, the poisoning will cause kidney failure within 24 to 72 hours after ingestion.

2. Raw Plants from Potato Family

The potato family of plants, scientifically known as Solanaceae or deadly nightshade, is potential poison for cats. The toxic substance is called Glycoalkanoid Solamine, and may be found in the leaves and stems. Some plants from this family are the potato, the tomato, the eggplant, chili pepper or paprika. If you grow these, keep your cat away from the garden.

3. Poison Ivy

Poison ivy causes ugly rashes and may be really toxic to cats. Not only poison ivy is poisonous to cats, but also Boston ivy, English ivy, Glacial ivy and heart ivy.

4. Mistletoe

Cats ingesting mistletoe may get poisoning. The berries are the most toxic part.

5. Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum is a common houseplant that may poison your pet. Even if the cat touches the plant with his skin or mouth, there will be allergic reactions.

6. Creeping and Weeping Fig

The creeping fig and the weeping fig are tempting for the cat and can be toxic if ingested in high quantities.

7. Azalea

Azalea is frequently used as a landscape plant. Ingesting leaves or flowers may cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps or respiratory and kidney problems in your cat.

8. Juniper Shrubs

The ingestion of too many juniper shrubs can lead to abdominal pain and kidney problems.

9. Daffodils and Bulb Plants

Daffodils are poisonous for cats, especially the bulbs. They will cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and may be even fatal. Cats may be at risk when ingesting any type of bulb plants (i.e., tulips).

10. Onion Plants

If you grow onions in your garden, the cat shouldn’t have access to this place. The toxic substance in these plants is the N-propyl disulphide, which may cause Heinz anemia. Garlic is also toxic for pets.

Other toxic plants include aloe vera, asparagus fern, cladium, elephant ears, English holly and the umbrella plant.

Cat’s senses – how a cat perceives the world

Cat senses – can cats see in the dark?

Much is said about the cats’ ability to see in the dark, this is largely true, but not entirely. It is true that the cat copes well after dark – his eye needs about 6 times less light than human. What’s even more interesting, the cat sees at night almost as well as on a sunny day – the cat’s eye regulates the amount of light flowing into the retina like a camera.

However, it is not true that the cat sees in total darkness, it is physically impossible. The eye “sees” only because the light reaches it – different animals need it in different quantities, but seeing in complete darkness is impossible. However, this does not change the fact that the cat is still doing very well in total darkness, among others thanks to its whiskers (whiskers), which allow it to avoid obstacles and constitute an excellent receptor.
The second feature that makes it easy for a cat to hunt in the dark is his above-average hearing, which we can only envy him.

Cat’s senses – how does a cat see?

An interesting thing about the cat’s eyes is that cats can see blurry. They perfectly distinguish between silhouettes, so the next time you come back from the rollers and your cat starts to be afraid of you, take off your helmet so that the cat can recognize you.

In contrast to cats, the saying “have eyes on the back of the head” has a new meaning in cats. Like dogs, cats have a very wide field of view; in dogs, it is about 250 degrees and in cats even 285 degrees. In this statistic, a man falls at least weak, because he sees only 180 degrees from the surrounding reality.

Cat’s senses – can the cat see in colors?

The cat definitely sees the color image, although for many years cats were thought not to distinguish colors. Recent studies, however, show that cats distinguish colors, but not all. Cats can distinguish shades of yellow, green or blue, but they can’t cope completely with red. Interestingly, cats cope with shades of gray best. Is it because the mice are gray? 🙂
The cat’s eye is additionally built in such a way that it copes well with motion detection, which makes it much easier for him to hunt. Thanks to this skill, a cat can see, for example, a gray mouse moving in the dark.

Cat’s senses – why a cat’s third eyelid?

The third eyelid protects cats against eye damage and allows the eye to be cleaned of dirt and dust.



Are Hybrid Cats Really Dangerous Animals?

Hybrid felines are seeing a growth in popularity recently amongst cat fans. hybrid cats are great petsOriginating from a cross between domestic cats and wild felines, the most famous is the Savannah cat. These hybrid cats are attracting people around the world thanks to their exotic looks.

In the United States, people are becoming very fond of these special cross breeds. People like the idea of having a wild animal in their home. However, specialists are starting to regret their overly relaxed legislation surrounding these animals. Animal protection groups who are worried about the consequences of the presence of these cats in homes have started a petition to limit the ownership and breeding of such creatures in the country.

An ever-present wild instinct in hybrid cats

The main arguments by petitioners is that these hybrid cats may not only have the appearance of their wild ancestors. Some believe they may have the behaviour of them too. This could very quickly lead to issues in the home. “They may be great at the beginning when they’re small but by growing up and getting bigger, they can soon become too big for people to take care of.”, explains Daniel Lutz, member of the Animal Legal Defence Group.

Just like the other signatories of the petition, Daniel Lutz fears that these very needy hybrids will end up being abandoned by their owners. However, as we know, there are already far too many feral cats. They already pose problems like the endangerment of species serving as their food. Therefore, you can already imagine the consequences of a population of feral hybrid cats causing more damaged than their domestic partners.

Controlling the population like large cats

hybrids now considered like big catsThe petition therefore, is asking for hybrid cats to be treated in the same way as large cats like the Lynx and Puma. This would mean the size of their population would never get out of control. Along with those agreeing to this petition, there are four sanctuaries of large cats. They are conscious of the impact a population of hybrids could have.

As part of the proposed restrictions, the petition says that cross-breed animals will automatically be sterilised. People will need a special licence to adopt these hybrids. Hybrid cats used as pets must be at least of fourth generation since the cross breed.

Of course, being so strict, these proposals haven’t gone down well with everyone. Most notably, breeders of these special breeds because in their eyes, these cats make fabulous pets. And have already proven themselves to be great with children and other animals.