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Is Florida Beauty Toxic To Cats?

Is Florida Beauty Toxic To Cats? 
Written by Clair Chesterman

Florida Beauty is also commonly known as Gold Dust Dracaena and Spotted Dracaena because of its foliage features. In general, Florida Beauty is considered non-toxic, and there have been no known deaths from Florida Beauty intake in people or animals. Cats, on the other hand, should be treated with caution because their size and varied metabolic rate may cause them to become ill if they eat plants from the Dracaena Genus. The specific dangerous substance in Florida Beauty is unknown, however, saponins and perhaps alkaloids have been identified in it.

Cats who ingested Florida Beauty may experience gastrointestinal upset and excessive salivation among other symptoms. To prevent progressing to worse conditions, you should immediately take your cat to the doctor if he or she ingested a part of Florida Beauty.

What Is Florida Beauty?

The Araceae family includes Florida Beauty, a lovely evergreen hybrid plant. As a result of its attractive foliage and blossoms, this plant is commonly grown as an indoor plant. The leaves have a dark green color with different variegation that might be splotches or cover the full leaf while its flowers are cream in color, which contrasts wonderfully with the leaves.

This plant, which is native to western and central tropical Africa, has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, which is a quality mark given to plants based on their performance under UK growing conditions.

Clinical Signs of Florida Beauty Poisoning in Cats

The negative consequences of Florida Beauty poisoning would most likely be caused by the cat’s inability to digest or metabolize the plant’s elements since they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibers in grasses and plants, hence they are unable to digest them. The extent of the symptoms may also be based on the overall wellbeing of the cat and its sensitivity to alkaloids, which are naturally occurring substances found in all plants.

Typical indicators of Florida Beauty poisoning in cats may include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive drooling
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Loss of coordination
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased heart rate
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weakness

First Aid and Treatment of Florida Beauty Poisoning in Cats

The heart rate of your cat may be stabilized with medication, and the bronchial tubes may be opened to promote normal breathing. Your veterinarian will strive to eliminate any remaining plant material from your cat’s system once the cat has been stabilized. If your cat isn’t vomiting already, your veterinarian may urge it. Depending on your cat’s specific needs, the veterinarian may also perform gastric lavage and deliver IV fluids and activated charcoal to ease the poisoning symptoms.

Recovery from Florida Beauty Poisoning in Cats

Following up with your veterinarian may be necessary to re-check your cat’s blood and urine to ensure that no long-term issues have arisen. If there are no complications or other underlying health issues, your cat will be back to normal in no time.

Prevention of Florida Beauty Poisoning in Cats

Remove Florida Beauty plants at home and make sure not to bring this plant again in your household. Before purchasing or growing any plant, it is best to do your research first to know if the plant has harmful effects in your feline companions. You should also restrict your cat from going too far away from your house to minimize the chance of encountering a Florida Beauty plant or even other toxic plants in your neighborhood.

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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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