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Is Ridderstjerne Toxic to Cats

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Ridderstjerne Toxic to Cats

Lycorine, galanthamine, tazzetine, hippeastrine, and haemanthamine are among the alkaloids and phytochemicals found throughout the ridderstjerne. These poisons are extremely dangerous to cats, causing gastrointestinal discomfort and, in severe cases, central nervous system disruption. Protein synthesis, which is how cells in the body make their many essential proteins, is influenced by alkaloids. If this procedure is slowed down, major health consequences may arise.

What is Ridderstjerne?

Ridderstjerne, scientifically known as Hippeastrum spp, is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family of plants. Amaryllis, lily of the palace, fire lily, and Barbados lily are some of the other names for this flower. Ridderstjerne is a South American native that may be grown outside in many parts of the United States where there isn’t a hard winter. It is a bulbous perennial that grows from the ground. The bulb produces leaves that are up to two feet long, shiny, long, and pointed in shape. The ridderstjerne’s flowers bloom at the summit of a tall stalk. They’re large and come in a variety of hues, including oranges, reds, whites, pinks, and yellows, as well as combinations of those colors. Long stamens and pistils characterize the trumpet-shaped blooms.

Clinical Signs of Ridderstjerne  Poisoning in Cats

The digestive tract is the most prevalent symptom of ridderstjerne consumption. Severe central nervous system symptoms can occur in extreme circumstances and should be treated as a medical emergency. The following are all warning signs to look out for:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias 
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Paralysis
  • Collapse

First Aid and Treatment of Poisoning Ridderstjerne in Cats

In cats, there is no specific antidote for ridderstjerne poisoning. As a result, treatment usually focuses on alleviating symptoms while also supporting the cat’s important organ function.

By eliminating all residual plant material before it is digested, pumping the cat’s stomach can help. Only in the most serious cases of poisoning is this done. If the plant has just been taken for a brief time, the vet may decide to provide activated charcoal.

Intravenous fluids and electrolytes may be given if the cat has become dehydrated due to a prolonged period of vomiting. Throughout the incident, the cat’s blood pressure and liver function should be checked.

Recovery from Ridderstjerne  Poisoning in Cats

Most cats recover completely from ridderstjerne poisoning, as significant amounts of the plant are rarely consumed due to its unpleasant taste. As long as the liver remained functional during the disease, there should be no long-term health consequences.

Prevention of  Ridderstjerne Poisoning in Cats

If you have ridderstjerne in your home, make sure it’s out of reach of your cat. To be safe, some people may choose not to keep this plant indoors. It’s possible that removing this plant from your garden will keep outdoor cats from eating it. The only method to truly secure your cat is to keep it indoors, where you can keep track of which plants it can get into. Getting a cat its own safe plant to chew on has been found to dissuade cats from sampling other houseplants.

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