I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a beautiful garden filled with a large array of colours. Although we don’t currently have a garden, my partner and I have dreamed up what our garden would look like if we ever do get the opportunity to buy a house.
I wouldn’t say that many folks think about whether or not the things they are planting are safe for the neighbourhood animals, but growing up in the part of the city that I did helped make me that much more aware of the plants that could be considered harmful to pets and strays. (This was merely due to the fact that our area statistically had the highest amount of strays and colonies in the Greater Toronto Area.)
It’s easy to adopt the mentality that we should just plant things until there’s a problem, however, this can prove extremely harmful especially if cats have nowhere to turn to when they feel sick. Being that some locations have such high populations of strays, it’s not uncommon for these strays to get hurt or ill and wander off alone until they recover or, well… pass on. So it’s a bit of our responsibility to educate ourselves about the plants that could potentially harm the neighbourhood animals so we can avoid them and plant alternatives.
SO ARE SUNFLOWERS TOXIC TO CATS?
According to the ASPCA, sunflowers are not toxic towards cats.
SO SHOULD I EVER WORRY IF MY CAT EATS A SUNFLOWER?
Although sunflowers are considered non-toxic to cats if enough of the flower is ingested it may cause upset to a cat’s stomach. A cat may begin feeling nauseous and may even vomit repeatedly. In some circumstances, a cat may experience diarrhea though this is less common.
If you notice that your cat is showing signs of discomfort or are exhibiting any behaviours such as vomiting it is recommended that you contact your vet immediately. Your vet should be able to let you know whether or not your cat will need to go in for IV fluids as vomiting can lead to dehydration.
All-in-all sunflowers are a beautiful and extremely cat-friendly plant to have around the house or in the backyard!
So, I’m curious pet parents. How many of you have sunflowers in or around the house? Let me know in the comments below!