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Are Peaches Toxic To Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Peach Toxic To Cats? 

Peaches are common household fruits, but some cat owners may be concerned about their feline companions’ safety. Although peach flesh is not harmful to cats, some cats may not tolerate it well and may experience gastrointestinal issues as a result. The leaves, stems, and pits, on the other hand, contain cyanide and are extremely toxic to cats, other animals, and humans.

Amygdalin, a sugar-cyanide complex, is found in the stems, leaves, and seeds (pits, kernels) of peaches. This can be broken down into cyanide, which is extremely deadly. The withering leaves of a peach tree are extremely poisonous. Peach pits that are left lying around the house and are likely to become toys for cats might become crushed and consumed, posing a choking hazard or cyanide toxicity risk. Peach pits or kernels are also sometimes turned into oils and sold as home cures. This oil can be absorbed via your cat’s skin and cause a serious poisonous reaction.

What Is Peach?

Cat with a peach

The peach, scientifically known as Prunus persica, is a deciduous tree that was first cultivated in eastern China. The tree can grow up to seven meters tall and wide, but when properly pruned, most trees are three to four meters tall and wide. The peach tree’s leaves are lanceolate and pinnately veined. The tree blooms in early spring with five-petaled pink flowers that can be solitary or paired. Depending on the cultivar, peach fruit has yellow or pale flesh, a delicate scent, and velvety or smooth skin.

Peaches are widely consumed fresh and in baked goods such as pies and cobblers. Canned peaches are a common product in many regions. Vitamin A levels are especially high in yellow-fleshed peach varieties.

Clinical Signs of Peach Poisoning in Cats

peaches with a cat in the background

Cyanide works by inhibiting the oxygenation of tissues, resulting in severe toxicity symptoms. Symptoms of poisoning from cyanide contained in leaves and stems of peach trees or in peach pits include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Depressed central nervous system functioning
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Bright red gums and mucous membranes
  • Respiratory distress 
  • Lethargy

First Aid and Treatment of PeachPoisoning in Cats

Cat looks at peaches

Vomiting may be induced if the ingestion of peach was recent; however, due to the risk of obstruction from peach pit fragments, this may not be a viable option. Typically, supportive therapy is used to treat toxic peach plant ingestion. Your veterinarian will administer oxygen therapy to treat respiratory distress, intravenous fluids to treat dehydration, and medications that may be effective for poisoning treatment.

Recovery from Peach Poisoning in Cats

Unfortunately, due to the significant toxicity of peachtree chemicals, the prognosis for a cat suffering from peach toxicity is dismal. The organ damage that occurs to the cat could be permanent. If your cat survives peach chemical poisoning, organ damage will almost certainly necessitate continued specific food considerations, medicine, and veterinary care.

Prevention of Peach Poisoning in Cats

Dispose pits and peels of peaches properly to ensure that your cat will not have access to it. If a peachtree is known to be growing in you rarea, it is best to keep your cat safe inside your home. This will reduce the possibility of poisoning incidents.

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