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Is Climbing Nightshade Toxic To Cats?

Is Climbing Nightshade Toxic To Cats? 
Written by Clair Chesterman

Climbing Nightshade is also known for its many other common names such as European Bittersweet, Deadly Nightshade, Violet Bloom, Blue Nightshade, Soda Apple, Poisonous Nightshade, Felonwort, Devil’s Apple, Scarlet Berry, Woody Nightshade, and Blue Blindweed.

Solanine and dulcamarine are two of the toxic substances found in every part of the climbing nightshade plant which is exceedingly hazardous to cats if consumed. This plant’s berries are the most poisonous, especially those that have not fully matured.

What Is Climbing Nightshade?

Climbing Nightshade or known scientifically as Solanum dulcamara is a perennial vine with no tendrils that grow alongside other plants for support and can grow to be several feet long. When young, the stems are purple, then change to a greenish-brown color; some have fine hair at first, but the older parts are woody. Its native range is widespread in Europe, Eastern Asia, and Northern Africa.

Clinical Signs of Climbing Nightshade Poisoning in Cats

To prevent developing severe conditions, it is best to consult a veterinarian as soon as you observe your cat showing the following symptoms:

  • Hypersalivation
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Breathing problems
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination issues
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal discharge
  • Central nervous system depression
  • Trembling
  • Muscular weakness
  • Vomiting
  • In extreme cases, paralysis may occur

First Aid and Treatment of Climbing Nightshade Poisoning in Cats

After conducting a complete physical examination and possibly several laboratory tests, the veterinarian will proceed with neutralizing the poison in your cat’s system. This process may include intravenous fluid therapy, inducing vomit, and giving activated charcoal. If your cat is suffering from respiratory and cardiac difficulties, the vet may also give oxygen to stabilize your cat.

Recovery from Climbing Nightshade Poisoning in Cats

Once you’ve got your cat back home, make him feel safe and secure while he recovers. Consult your veterinarian about any dietary modifications you may need to make while his body recovers. For the next few days, the vet may advise sticking to softer meals and plenty of water.

Prevention of Climbing Nightshade Poisoning in Cats

While removing or avoiding to grow climbing nightshade from your backyard will prevent another poisoning incident in your cat, there is still a high chance that your cat will encounter it outdoors. Keep your cat safe and stimulated inside the comfort of your home. You may opt to utilize playpens or cat houses or you can also invest in a cat terrarium. Building additional fences or installing safety nets are also ideal to refrain your cat from wandering far from home.

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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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