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Are Carnations Toxic To Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Carnation Toxic To Cats? 

Carnation or also known for its other common names Pinks, Wild Carnation, and Sweet William contains triterpenoid saponins which cause mild gastrointestinal irritation to cats such as vomiting and diarrhea. Exposure to these saponins can also cause dermatitis in your felines. Despite the fact that no feline carnation poisoning deaths have been reported, ingestion of this plant should still be treated urgently. So that’s why carnations are considered to be toxic to cats.

What Is Carnation?

Carnations and an angry cat

Scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus from the plant family of Caryophyllaceae, Carnations are a perennial grown plant that is widely used as cut flowers. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region but nowadays it is grown in many other regions worldwide due to its aesthetic appeal.

Though carnation flowers commonly grow in color pink hues, they also vary in many shades from pink to white, coral, and red. They are also commonly gifted in a bouquet or in a pot. 

Clinical Signs of Carnation Poisoning in Cats

Angry cat hissing at carnation plant in the garden

Clinical signs of carnation poisoning are also mild but if your cat is showing any poisoning symptoms, it is recommended to take him or her to the vet for proper veterinary care. Common signs of carnation poisoning are:

First Aid and Treatment of Carnation Poisoning in Cats

Cat looks at carnations

Because carnation poisoning in cats is just minor poisoning, there is no special treatment for this type of poisoning in cats. The cat’s body can eliminate the toxins from his or her system by vomiting it out and processing the digested particles through feces.

Nonetheless, it is still needed to bring your cat to the vet as inducing vomit and IV fluid may be needed. Do not try to induce vomit at home as it may be dangerous and must be only done with a professional. The vet may also prescribe medication for diarrhea and vomiting. Special medicated shampoo for skin irritation may also be recommended if your cat is suffering from dermatitis.

Recovery from Carnation Poisoning in Cats

Mild symptoms typically fade in a few hours, and your cat will resume his or her regular routine. Increase your cat’s fluid intake to aid in the removal of any leftover toxins from his or her stomach. To avoid a recurrence of a poisoning episode, take preventative actions.

Prevention of Carnation Poisoning in Cats

As much as possible avoid bringing carnations into your home to prevent exposure to your cat. If carnations are grown in your neighborhood, limit your cat’s outdoor activities. Keep them busy and occupied in a playpen or cat house. You can also plant cat-friendly plants that your nibbler cat can graze on.

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