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post #1 of 16
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Today i bought an aloe vera plant, and this other flower have no idea what its called, i actually thought it was fake untill i got home and teufel started chewing on the leaf! so i put it on my high book shelf so he cant chew on it.
So far he hasnt been interested to chew on the aloe vera plant.

If he does do you think its bad for him?
post #2 of 16
I think aloe vera is on the toxic plant list. I had a very nice aloe plant that Charlotte never chewed. Then, I adopted Izzie who not only loved to chew the plant but also pulled the plant out by the roots!! All that remains now is an empty pot. I am certain that izzie had ingested some of the plant, but I do not recall her getting sick or acting funny. I don't know how much plant a cat would actually need to ingest to reach the toxic level.
post #3 of 16
I would say that as a rule it is good to make sure that your kitties don't eat any household plants. Many of them can be toxic. I keep all my plants high enough that Reilly can't get near them...he loves to chew!
post #4 of 16
I have an aloe on top of the fireplace mantle - Guin has only been near it once from what I can remember and that was before I shouted at him to "get down!"

I didn't realise that they are toxic - I know they are healing for humans but didn't realise they can halm cats... It didn't say anything on the little label that came with mine though about keeping away from cats, only that it's poisonous if ingested (for humans...)

I might call the local vet to find out. Fran, if you are worried then get rid of it or put it where Mr T can't reach easily
post #5 of 16
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i would.. but... its full of plants already...
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Gilly
I didn't realise that they are toxic - I know they are healing for humans but didn't realise they can halm cats... It didn't say anything on the little label that came with mine though about keeping away from cats, only that it's poisonous if ingested (for humans...)
"Healing humans" is exactly why I love having aloe around the house. The human in this house is susceptible to burns while cooking!! Here's a small list of toxic plants with pictures. I also have spider plants, lily, and schefflera plants which are on the list. I absolutely love the schefflera plant because it doesn't take a green thumb to grow it and also because it helps to clean the air.
post #7 of 16
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but if these are poisonus should i just chuck the plant out?
Teufel hasnt chewed it over night thank god, he has just been digging the dirt out, so i made some little space and put it up high with the rest.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Gilly
I didn't realise that they are toxic - I know they are healing for humans but didn't realise they can halm cats... It didn't say anything on the little label that came with mine though about keeping away from cats, only that it's poisonous if ingested (for humans...)
I didn't realise that Aloe Vera was toxic for humans!? I know they probably do something to it, but I use Aloe Vera toothpaste!!

They really should put warnings on the lables if they are toxic to pets - It would only take one line and a symbol or something! This is the reason I like to buy from my Community Garden, they let you know if it's toxic!
post #9 of 16
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i bought it from walmart because it was on discount
i was looking foward to buy cactus but they werent there anymore...
post #10 of 16
But some people eat aloe and drink the juice!! I know a health store that sells it. Are there different types??

Fwan - I had aloe for years at home and my parents cats never chewed it - of course, this does not mean Teufel wont!! But it's food for thought.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by slitty_kittay
But some people eat aloe and drink the juice!! I know a health store that sells it. Are there different types??
I believe it's the same thing - my toothpaste doesn't say anything about any changes or different Aloe?!
post #12 of 16
It's up to you if you want to keep the plant. As I mentioned in my first post, Izzie chewed my aloe plant and never seemed to have any ill effects from chewing it. And I'm almost certain there was some ingestion involved.
post #13 of 16
I buy bamboo birdcages (on eBay)to put my houseplants in they look wonderful, they're cheap enough to replace as needed, and they discourage my chewers.

I do keep some toxic plants like pothos and philodendron.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sar
I didn't realise that Aloe Vera was toxic for humans!? I know they probably do something to it, but I use Aloe Vera toothpaste!!
I think if you eat the plant as it is? But yeah, I have to admit they do sell all sorts of aloe stuff for humans... Maybe they just said that to cover themselves?
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Gilly
I think if you eat the plant as it is? But yeah, I have to admit they do sell all sorts of aloe stuff for humans... Maybe they just said that to cover themselves?
It's probably to prevent us from indulging in an Aloe Vera salad or something!

I have tried the juice from my Aloe Vera and i'm still here!
post #16 of 16
No, Aloe Vera is non-toxic to humans - but as with any herbal remedies - too much of a good thing can be bad!

I'll see if I can find anything on it's effects on cats...

Edit: aloe vera is toxic to cats, will cause tummy problem and vomiting.
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