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Are Pinks Toxic To Cats?

Are Pinks Toxic To Cats? 
Written by Clair Chesterman

Pinks or more commonly known as carnation are toxic to felines. The toxic elements found in pinks are unclear. However, it is known that the sap found in pinks can cause dermatitis-like symptoms. Therefore, the cat’s lips and mouth may be reddened, swollen, or irritated after exposure to the toxic material. Gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting and diarrhea can be also experienced by cats who ingested pinks. The symptoms associated with pink poisoning in cats are usually brief and last only for a few hours.

What Are Pinks?

Pinks, scientifically known as dianthus caryophyllus, are Mediterranean natives. It’s frequently cultivated for its fringe-petaled flowers, which have a spicy scent and are often used in the florist business. Pinks have narrow blue-green leaves that encase the stems and have swellings at the leaf-stem junction. Pinks are often used in floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres, and are among the most popular commercial cut flowers.

Pinks are widespread throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and parts of North America. This Caryophyllaceae plant family produces flowers from late July to early August and seeds in September.

Clinical Signs of Pinks Poisoning in Cats

Pink poisoning in cats results in minor toxicity symptoms such as gastrointestinal upset. Secondary symptoms of gastrointestinal distress may also develop which include dehydration, weakness, and a loss of appetite. When cats are exposed to pinks, they usually experience the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dermatitis

First Aid and Treatment of Pinks Poisoning in Cats

Generally, the cat’s body can eliminate the toxins from pinks on its own. Toxins from pinks can be easily removed from a cat’s system by vomiting them out and passing the digested particles through the feces.

Nonetheless, your cat should be taken to the vet to be on the safe side as inducing vomit and administering IV fluids may be needed. Anti-diarrhea and anti-vomiting medication may also be prescribed by the veterinarian. If your cat suffers from dermatitis, a medicated shampoo for skin irritation may be prescribed by the vet.

Recovery from Pinks Poisoning in Cats

As long as your cat is not exposed to pinks again, he or she will be able to recover completely in a matter of hours. Your veterinarian will most likely recommend that you encourage your feline companion to drink more water than usual in order to further clear the toxin from the body. After a few hours, your cat’s activities should return to normal.

Prevention of Pinks Poisoning in Cats

To prevent your cat from exposure to pinks, avoid bringing this plant into your home. If pinks are known to be growing in your area, limit your cat’s outdoor activities. Keep them entertained and occupied by utilizing a playpen or cat house.

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About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.