Has your cat eaten a pothos plant? Are you worried the pothos will make your cat sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s scary when our cats eat something they shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ve put together some information about the pothos and whether or not it can make your cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is a Pothos Plant?
A pothos plant (epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant found in many homes. You may hear it referred to as the golden pothos, devil’s ivy, taro vine, or ivy arum. These plants are extremely popular as houseplants because they’re easy to care for. The plants are even forgiving if you forget to water them occasionally.
The pothos plant vines out as it gets older, which makes it attractive for use in all types of décor. The vines are pretty and can be configured in different ways.
Araceae, Philodendron, Peace Lily, are all common names for the same plant. It’s a type of philodendron, and they can be grown as indoor plants or in the garden. They can be kept as houseplants, potted plants, or hanging plants.
Pothos are very easy to grow. The plants are generally tropical and tend to prefer warm temperatures. You can also use them as outdoor plants in the spring and summer. Pothos are usually grown indoors in the winter months.
In the United States, they’re popular houseplants because they don’t require much care. They’re relatively low maintenance plants that are easy to grow.
You can find many different varieties of pothos plants online or in stores. The plants are known for their attractive leaves and for the ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions. On Amazon, you can find pothos plants that are available in a variety of colors.
But there are a few things you should know about these plants before you start to grow them in your home. Pothos is poisonous to cats, and it can cause health problems for them if ingested. If you want to keep your cat safe from this plant, you need to be aware of its toxicity and know how to properly care for your cat around this plant.
Sometimes cats are drawn to these and other houseplants. Some cats like to bat the leaves around, while others may try to nibble on the plant. No one is sure why kitties choose to eat the plant.While these plants are beautiful in the home, are they safe to have around cats? Can a pothos make your cat sick?
Pothos Plants and Cats
Are pothos toxic to cats?
Pothos plants are toxic to cats (and dogs) if eaten. Thankfully, the toxic plant usually isn’t dangerous enough to kill a cat.
Some parts of the plant are actually safe for cats to eat. You should know that cats are unlikely to eat pothos if it’s hanging on the wall or if it’s in a pot. Cats typically eat pothos when they chew on the stems or leaves.
Pothos contain something called insoluble calcium oxalate crystals. These are a form of self-defense for the plants. When eaten, the pothos can cause the following symptoms in cats.
Symptoms of Pothos Plant Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten part of a pothos plant:
- Eye irritation (if the chemicals from the plant end up on your cat’s paw, and she rubs her face)
- Mouth irritation
- Tongue swelling and/or irritation
- Foaming at the mouth/excessive drooling
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Pawing at face/mouth/eyes
Poisonous plants might give your cat difficulty swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. The plant might also cause a decrease in appetite and lethargy. You should check your cat’s mouth for signs of ingesting the plant. The airway might also be blocked by the plant. This can lead to trouble breathing.
Oral irritation to cats can occur if the plant is chewed on or swallowed. Cats may also get symptoms from consuming an infected leaf. The soft tissues of the pothos leaf contain compounds that can cause gastrointestinal upset.
If you’re curious about whether your cat has eaten a pothos plant, you may be able to determine this by observing his behavior. In most cases, it’s easy to tell if your cat has ingested a pothos plant because he’ll experience signs of nausea and vomiting. Sometimes the cat will become lethargic and have a decreased appetite. In rare cases, cats can even go into shock from consuming a pothos plant.
Irritation of the mouth may cause an intense burning sensation in the mouth and throat. This burning sensation can last for several hours. In addition, your cat may experience decreased appetite and possibly depression. Cats that ingest pothos can also develop anemia and kidney failure.
IV fluids and blood transfusions may be required to treat your cat’s condition. Cats that are not treated for pothos poisoning can die from this toxic plant.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, then it’s time to call the vet immediately.
Treatment of Pothos Plants Ingestion in Cats
When you reach the vet’s, they will perform a complete physical on your cat. The vet may also order lab work and even images.
Treatment may include washing your cat’s affected body parts (paws, face, etc.) and washing out her mouth. If the leaf parts are found in her stomach, the vet may try to remove the pieces with an endoscopic procedure or gastric lavage. He will also treat the vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms she may be having.
In most cases, pothos plants are not toxic enough to cause death. However, they can make a cat feel very sick.
After your cat has been treated for pothos poisoning, she should go on to make a complete recovery. And we bet she will leave your pothos plants alone after this!