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Is Flamingo Flower Toxic To Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Flamingo Flower Toxic To Cats? 

Flamingo flower or also known for its other common names Flamingo Lily, Tail Flower, Oilcloth Flower, Pigtail Plant, and Painter’s Pallet is a popular houseplant due to its aesthetic value. However, while it is an attractive plant, it can be harmful to your feline companions as it contains insoluble calcium oxalates which are common for members of the Araceae plant family. 

Ulcers in your cat’s mouth, throat, and stomach are the usual effects of irritation from these chemicals. As an inflammatory response to the injury, they can cause your cat’s airways to enlarge. The chemicals induce organ damage and, eventually, failure if your cat ingests huge amounts of the compound despite the unpleasant effects and taste.

What Is Flamingo Flower?

Painter’s Palette with a cat in the background

Flamingo Flower or scientifically known as anthurium scherzeranum is a bright red and yellow houseplant with lovely green leaves. Costa Rica’s tropical climate is home to this species. The tall flower stems are surrounded by large pointed dark-green leaves that grow up to seven inches long. Anthurium grows well in warm, tropical climates. Bright light, moist soil, and moist air are preferred by this Central American native. Many hybrids are more lush, compact, and will bloom nearly year-round, taking a break in the winter. Newer cultivars are less fussy about humidity, and many hybrids are more lush, compact, and will bloom nearly year-round, taking a break in the winter.

Clinical Signs of Flamingo Flower Poisoning in Cats

Painter’s Palette and cats

A variety of ailments may develop due to the ingestion of the flamingo flower plant. The typical symptoms of flamingo flower poisoning that you should be aware of are:

  • Throat and mouth ulcerations
  • Intense burning and pain in the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive salivation
  • Shaking of head 
  • Swelling of throat
  • Restricted airway
  • Lack of consciousness
  • Renal failure
  • Coma
  • Death

First Aid and Treatment of Flamingo Flower Poisoning in Cats

Cat stands near Painter’s Palette

Your cat’s immediate life-threatening symptoms must first be stabilized by your veterinarian. This will necessitate the administration of anti-seizure medications through needle injection or an IV. Veterinarians frequently choose to use an IV because it allows for convenient administration of any extra medications that may be required during the course of the treatment. Antihistamines and other medications that reduce inflammation and encourage airway opening will be used to stabilize your cat’s breathing.

The treatment may also include rinsing out your cat’s mouth with water to reduce irritation. Inducing vomit and giving activated charcoal to your cat may also be done by the veterinarian.

Recovery from Flamingo Flower Poisoning in Cats

The outlook for your cat’s recovery from flamingo flower poisoning will be affected by the volume of plants consumed and how promptly you seek veterinarian treatment. Your cat should recover completely in cases of minor exposure. Your cat may require supportive drugs to help sustain kidney and liver function if the exposure was prolonged or in substantial amounts.

Prevention of Flamingo Flower Poisoning in Cats

Avoid placing flamingo flowers in your house. If your cat is mostly outside, limit his or her access outdoors by utilizing cat cages or playpens. Train your cats to stay away from toxic plants and invest in building plant terrariums at home.

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