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Are Scented Geraniums Toxic To Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Scented Geranium Toxic to Cats

 Ingestion of any part of scented geranium causes poisoning in cats. The scented geranium’s leaves, stem, roots, and especially the flower contain essential oils, linaool and geranoil, which are harmful to felines as well as other domestic animals such as horses and dogs. The essential oils in the plant are not well accepted by the stomach, and sickness typically sets in before the feline can consume a substantial amount of foliage. Unfortunately, because most felines are so little, even a small amount of scented geranium is considered harmful.

What Is Scented Geranium?

The scented geranium is a member of the Geranilea family and is known by its scientific name, Pelargonium sp., across the world. The scented geranium, also commonly known as geranium, is distinguished by its long stems that finish in a cluster of brilliantly colored flowers coupled with little green leaves. The scented geranium plant, as the name suggests, offers a variety of aromas, including rose, peppermint, lime, lemon, coconut, apricot, apple, and many others. The perfumed geranium was often used to flavor tea, jam, and sugar for consumption. Scented geranium is often used in dry potpourri and aromatherapy.

Clinical Signs of Scented Geranium Poisoning in Cats

Cats who have ingested a part of scented geranium may display one or some of the symptoms listed below:

  • Vomiting
  • Ataxia
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Hypothermia
  • Muscle weakness

First Aid and Treatment of Scented Geranium Poisoning in Cats

Cats suffering from scented geranium poisoning are treated by removing the plant from the feline to avoid additional intake and eliminating the poisons from the cat’s body. An emetic medicine will be supplied to stimulate the cat to vomit in order to expel the undigested poison from the feline’s stomach. The veterinarian may also give activated charcoal. To limit absorption, activated charcoal binds with harmful substances in the digestive system. Intravenous fluids may be administered to the kitty in order to restore his or her hydration.

Recovery from Scented Geranium Poisoning in Cats

The prognosis for scented geranium poisoning in cats is guarded to excellent, and it is highly dependent on the amount of plant material ingested. If the cat no longer swallows any more plant material, the feline will usually recover in about 24 hours. As with other cases of plant poisoning, the sooner the kitty is taken to the veterinary facility, the better the chances of a full recovery.

Prevention of Scented Geranium Poisoning in Cats

Avoid growing or bringing scented geraniums within the vicinity of your home. Keep your cats indoors to prevent them from wandering into your neighbors’ gardens where scented geraniums or other toxic plants might be growing.

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