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Are Cape Jasmines or Gardenias Toxic To Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Cape Jasmine or GardeniaToxic To Cats? 

Cape Jasmine or more commonly known as Gardenia is an evergreen flowering plant that contains gardenoside and geniposide. Gardenoside and geniposide are iridoid glycosides that convert into alkaloids in the digestive system. Because cats are carnivores, they lack the digestive enzymes that help the body to break down the alkaloids, thus, cats produce a negative gastrointestinal response when they ingest these.

The toxicity levels of Cape Jasmine or Gardenia are influenced by the environment in which it is grown. Your cat may experience vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms when Cape Jasmine is consumed.

What Is Cape Jasmine or Gardenia?

Gardenia with a cat in the background

Cape Jasmine is distinguished by its lovely and incredibly fragrant white blossoms, which are scientifically classified as Gardenia jasminoides from the Rubiaceae plant family. This evergreen shrub grows three to six feet tall with thick, orbicular dark green leaves. It is native to China and Japan, although it is also grown extensively throughout Southeast Asia.

Since Cape Jasmines or Gardenias are famous for their aesthetic value, it is usually cultivated indoors or outdoors in a pot or in the landscape. 

Clinical Signs of Cape Jasmine or Gardenia Poisoning in Cats

Cape Jasmine and cats

The symptoms of Cape Jasmine poisoning are usually mild, but if your cat has underlying health problems, this could be dangerous. When your cat exhibits poisoning signs, always visit a veterinarian to ensure proper medical care.

First Aid and Treatment of Cape Jasmine or Gardenia Poisoning in Cats

Gardenia and a cat nearby

Since the Cape Jasmine poisoning symptoms are not severe, most cats won’t need any special treatment. Your cat may be sent home to be observed until his or her symptoms subside. Hospital admission may be required if your cat has other health complications. 

The vet may administer IV fluids and activated charcoal depending on the severity of your cat;s symptoms and the amount of Cape Jasmine that your cat has ingested.

Recovery from Cape Jasmine or Gardenia Poisoning in Cats

Recovery of your cat will be quick as long as immediate veterinary support care was provided. Once you get home, give your cat some time to rest as he or she may still be distressed due to the poisoning experience.

Prevention of Cape Jasmine or Gardenia Poisoning in Cats

Eliminate Cape Jasmines inside your house and make sure that you do not grow them in the yard where your cat may wander around and nibble on them. Keep your feline busy and comfortably happy indoors to lessen the chances of your cat straying far from your house.

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