Are Freesias Poisonous To Cats

No, not for the most part anyway. But, much like us humans, every cat is different, and the digestion of large quantities of any plant can cause problems. Keep an eye on your pet. If they do ingest any part of the plant, and any symptoms arise (vomiting, intense diarrhea, drooling. etc.), get in touch with a vet right away.

You might wonder which flowers are cat-safe if you’re planning to put up a bunch of flowers for your home or for someone you love. The petals you can use for your project include freesias, roses, and snapdragons, which are all pet-friendly.

Having a cat or more around the house is great fun as well, but what about their safety?

Many people often overlook very simple things that may endanger their pets’ health. No shame though! It’s easy to forget sometimes what may be toxic to our pets beyond just what they eat.

Freesia (Freesia spp.), a bulb in the Iridaceae family, is a lovely addition to the garden in springtime and to indoor environments year round. Their bright flower sprays and elegant stems make them a perfect addition to the flowering bulb landscape. Before planting, however, you should always identify whether a plant is toxic or safe. Luckily, freesia is on the safe list.

Cats & Plants

Typically cats are pretty careful about what they eat, making poisoning relatively rare in cats. That said, when poisoning due to plant ingestion does happen in cats it is often down to a bored cat playing with and nibbling on a plant that looks fun, or cat’s grooming.

Cats that are around toxic plants may get the seeds or pollen trapped in their fur or on their paws. Other cats are just playful and love to jump and explore. Playful or bored cats may spot a lush green vine hanging down and decide the plant looks like a fun new toy. Keeping toxic houseplants out of a playful cat’s reach can be a challenge.

What If My Cat Eats Too Many Freesias?

As we’ve mentioned before, Freesias aren’t inherently poisonous. However, ingestion of large quantities may cause problems. So, what are the symptoms to look for if you suddenly had a look at your Freesia vase only to discover your cat has had an early dinner?

There are several common symptoms when a cat is poisoned due to plant ingestion, these are:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Intense drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Behavioral changes
  • Collapsing

Are Freesia Flowers Edible?

Salads are usually served with raw or cooked flower buds. In addition to being sprinkled on salads and omelettes, blossom petals are also used for making jewelry. It is edible, but the odd part is that the flowers taste like raw mushrooms when eaten.

Other Poisonous and Safe Plants to Cats

Now that we’ve established that Freesias are safe for the most part, here are some plants that you need to watch out for when you have cats around at home.

Some of these plants are commonly sold and grown at home, just because of how low maintenance and attractive they are, however, most of these plants and their associated families cause many of the symptoms we’ve mentioned before, or additional problems if your cat comes in contact with them:

  • Lilies
  • Aloe Vera
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Daffodils
  • English Ivy
  • Jade Plants

Flowers That Are Safe for Cats 

Avoid bringing dangerous flowers into your home with this list of safe flowers for cats:

  • Alstroemeria
  • Asters
  • Freesia
  • Gerber Daisies
  • Liatris
  • Lisianthus
  • Orchid
  • Roses
  • Snapdragon
  • Statice
  • Sunflowers
  • Wax Flower (Madagascar Jasmine)

What to Do If Your Cat Eats a Plant That Might Be Poisonous

If your cat nibbled on a flower or plant, and you are unsure whether it may be toxic, call your emergency vet, or the Pet Poison Helpline or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. 

You should call even if you just suspect that your cat might have eaten part of a plant or flower.

What Flowers Should Cats Stay Away from?

Cat owners should be cautious of various flower varieties. It is always recommended to avoid eating lilies, as they are poisonous if eaten by them.

Misconceptions of poisoning first aid

  1. Milk is an antidote that neutralizes all poisons.

Unfortunately there is nothing magical in milk that neutralizes medicines or other toxins. No. Milk is unlikely to be helpful in the vast majority of poisoning situations and can sometimes make things worse. Most pets are lactose intolerant and giving milk can cause or worsen stomach upset symptoms.

  1. I can give my cat hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting.

There is no safe way to induce vomiting at home with cats. Hydrogen peroxide is often used to induce vomiting in dogs, but is never safe to give to cats. Cats are sensitive to hydrogen peroxide and can develop irritation and bleeding of their stomach, which has been fatal to some cats.

  1. I should give my pet mineral oil, butter, oil, or grease to help it pass through.

This can make a bad situation worse. These substances often cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration, plus there is increased risk of aspiration pneumonia if these substances are vomited. Ingestion of oils, grease, and butter can also trigger pancreatitis, an inflammatory disease of the pancreas that can be very serious and sometimes life-threatening in pets.  

Will cats eat toxic plants?

Most cats are fastidious creatures and are careful about what they eat. Poisoning in cats is therefore generally rare. It is the young inquisitive cat or kitten that is most at risk of eating harmful plants, particularly household ones. … But, given the opportunity, cats like to nibble on grass.

Can you have plants with cats?

Use plant pots that have enough weight, so that your cat can’t tip them over. … Give your feline friends their own cat grass, catnip, edible foliage or wheat grass! Place this close to your (non toxic) plants at ground level, so that they have easy access (before they reach your expensive houseplants).

Diagnosis of Plant Poisoning in Cats

When it comes to diagnosis and treatment, being able to identify the plant that your cat has ingested will give your vet a vital head start.

If you are unable to identify the plant that your cat has ingested, or supply a sample of the plant matter, your vet will need to run a series of tests to identify the type of poison. 

Treatment of Poisoning in Cats

Treatment of poisoning in cats depends on the type of toxin the cat came into contact with. Possible treatment options your veterinarian might prescribe include: 

  • An administration of ethanol (in cases of antifreeze poisoning) 
  • Induce vomiting 
  • Fluid therapy (to help to flush the toxin from the body) 
  • Activated charcoal (an agent that binds with the toxin and prevents it from being absorbed by the body), used in poisonings that cause internal bleeding or corrosion of the esophagus if vomiting is induced. ingested before treatment can begin.
  • Muscle relaxants (for tremors)
  • Anti-seizure medication

Success tips

• Start with plants that are nontoxic to cats and observe how your cats behave with them. Make certain rooms off limits to the cats to keep more toxic plants.

• Use plant hangers to hang plants from the ceiling where your cats can’t reach it. Or use wall-pots (only works if your cats are not too acrobatic!)

• Use plant pots that have enough weight, so that your cat can’t tip them over.

• Teach them when young not to bother them! Behold the power of a spray bottle.

• Put your plants in a place where the cats can’t reach them, for example on a fridge or plantshelfie. Or in a room that you can close when you are not around to watch your cat’s behavior.

• If my cat was more of a curious taste tester I would suggest putting the plants on higher shelving with no snuggle room for cats. Make another perch spot, as I like to call them, for your kitty so they’ll still feel like they own the house instead of you

• Make sure if you put a plant up high, that there is no way for your cat to jump up there. No empty space for your cat on the #plantshelfie or he or she may tip over a planter.

Cut Plant Foliage

Some plants, including Freesias, require you to keep foliage around for some time to cultivate the plant and let the roots regain energy during growth. However, some common house plants’ foliage is known to be poisonous to cats, such as the Fern and the Mistletoe.

Cut foliage when possible. If not, we advise you to keep it out of your cat’s reach, in the case that it’s necessary for the growth process of whatever you’re growing.

Wrapping Up

At the end of the day, are Freesias are not poisonous to cats? No, but they can cause mild stomach upset, should your cat eat a lot of them at once. In any case; always keep an eye on your pet, and when or if you come across any unusual symptoms, contact your vet right away. Should you consider growing a certain house plant at home, always check if they’re safe for your cat, and steer away from the ones we’ve mentioned. With all that being said, you can safely enjoy having Freesias around, whether it’s a vase at home or a bouquet you want to give to someone with a cat.

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