It’s an alarming tale that’s spread like wildfire among cat lovers: poinsettias are toxic to felines. These ruby red blossoms have built up quite a reputation over the years. During the holiday season, plenty of pet owners avoid decorating with poinsettias, or keep them far out of reach from their furry friends. Just one bite of those crimson petals could be fatal to your kitty, right?
Actually, it’s all hype. The myth of the poisonous poinsettias grew out of a rumor that spiraled out of control about 100 years ago. During the early 20th century, it was believed that a two year-old American boy died from consuming a poinsettia leaf. From this came the claim that poinsettias are toxic to all sorts of mammals, but as the ASPCA points out, that’s far from the truth. The organization does acknowledge chomping on poinsettia leaves could lead to mild stomach upset, but nothing more serious. At worst, your cat may drool or throw up. Chowing down on poinsettias won’t lead to anything more serious for your kitty.
With that in mind, it’s still best to keep these seasonal plants out of your cat’s reach, so as to not cause unnecessary tummy discomfort. If your feline does take a bite, relax and know there’s no serious harm done!
Though poinsettias are relatively harmless to our kitties, there are quite a number of other common plants that pose a true risk. Keep these plants out of your house, or in a place kitty cannot access!