I've heard poinsettia is poison to cats and I've heard they're not. Which is it?
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7/25/07 at 1:12pm
My MIL said she heard they weren't but I'm skeptical. I did find the following on the Cat Fancier's site.
Poinsettias are generally over-rated in toxicity. If ingested, poinsettias can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, and may cause mild vomiting or nausea.
And they do list it under their toxic list http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html
I read a year or two ago (don't have the source at this point, but it was in the major new media), that they recently discovered that they are only very mildly poisenous, as the one post above states. That for years, it was thought they were deathly poisenous, but that's not the case at all.
Funny...I`ve heard that spider plants are somewhat poisonous to cats. (Actually there are a lot of plants that are.....maybe most are not bad not enough to KILL them, but enough to make them sick)
When we got our first kitten I got rid of ALL our plants but 1 ...(just in case...cause different sites say different things when I started looking up "plants poisonous to cats") The one I did keep was high up on top of the entertainment center and I did`nt think the kitten could even reach it.
It was just one of those common green and white vines with sort of heart shaped leaves that a lot of people have. (Phylodendrin....not spelled right, I know)
Anyhow....one day I found some vomit next to the entertainment center ...with little pieces of green leaf in it! (Apparently he was a better climber or jumper than we had thought.
THE PLANT GOT DUMPED OUTSIDE!!!! The only ones I have now are silks!
I`ve been told that I have a GREEN THUMBand I love plants...but they are not a part of my decor now that we have cats. I`m too scared to take anymore chances.