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Today, October 29th is National Cat Day. National Cat Day was established in 2005 and is sponsored by The Animal Miracle Foundation. I’m someone who is lucky enough to be owned by five cats. I’m also someone who has been owned by many cats since I adopted my first cat when I was 15.
I also adopted my first plant when I was a teenager, so have years of experience dealing with both greenery and felines.
Do some research before you bring a plant home to be sure it’s not toxic. Websites like aspca.org or petmd.com are good resources.
Keep in mind that a pet may still have an allergic reaction to non-toxic plants, so it’s best to discourage them from nibbling.
Check your local pet store for other suitable repellents. Be sure to provide acceptable nibbles for cats, such as cat grass and catnip. If your pet has ingested a questionable plant or substance, seek professional help immediately.
My cats are now fairly well-behaved around plants—but if I bring one home with long, thin, grass-like foliage, all bets are off. So I place my palm on a stand that lifts it out of their reach and I hang my spider plant in front of a window—out of their reach.
By the way, most of these suggestions will help with dogs, too.
The SPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center is a hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance to veterinarians and animal owners. There is a consultation fee. Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435
You may also try the Pet Poison Helpline (petpoisonhelpline.com) at 1-800-213-6680. There is a consultation fee for this service.