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Is Butterfly Iris Toxic To Cats?

Is Butterfly Iris Toxic To Cats? 
Written by Clair Chesterman

Butterfly Iris is a popular houseplant due to its beautiful blooms however, having Butterfly Iris at home is not advisable if you are living with cats as this pretty plant is toxic for cats. The toxic chemicals are found in the highest concentrations in the plant’s rhizomes, roots, and bulbs. The leaves, flowers, and stems of Butterfly Iris are all poisonous. Its bulbs should be kept out of reach of cats, particularly kittens, which are prone to chewing or biting items out of pure curiosity. In case of ingestion, seek immediate veterinary care for your cat.

What Is Butterfly Iris?

Butterfly Iris is a perennial flowering plant that originated in Asia, Europe, and Africa. It is a member of the Limniris subgenus and the Spuriae Series. Spurious iris, bastard iris, and blue iris are all names for these lovely blossoms. Flowers of Butterfly Iris plants typically have bluish-purple to lilac segments, with yellow ridges on the falls. Color variations broaden the color spectrum to include white, blue, purple, wine, and brown.

Clinical Signs of Butterfly Iris Poisoning in Cats

The severity of your cat’s iris poisoning symptoms will vary depending on how much of the plant your cat ingested and which component. While symptoms are generally not life-threatening, they can cause your cat a lot of distress. The following are symptoms of iris poisoning in cats:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Diarrhea
  • Oral ulcers
  • Dermatitis

First Aid and Treatment of Butterfly Iris Poisoning in Cats

Relieving the symptoms that your cat is experiencing is the primary goal of your veterinarian. Vomit induction, IV fluids, activated charcoal, and gastric lavage may be used by the vet to remove toxins from your cat’s system. The type of therapy that your vet may do may vary depending on the severity of your cat’s condition.

Recovery from Butterfly Iris Poisoning in Cats

Your cat’s recovery from Butterfly Iris poisoning is generally positive as long as he or she was given prompt medical attention. You may need to take your cat to the vet for follow-up visits to ensure that he or she is healing properly. 

Prevention of Butterfly Iris Poisoning in Cats

Avoid bringing Butterfly Iris inside your home. If you receive this plant as a gift, it is best to re-gift it to others with no cats or dogs at home. Make your cat stay indoors to reduce the risk of exposure to Butterfly Iris and other toxic plants.

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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.

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