Are Tulips Poisonous for Cats

Are Tulips Poisonous for Cats

It is a flower behind the roses as the most popular cut flower in the world. Unfortunately, tulips may be pretty as they are but belong far apart from each other with felines. Effects tulips will cause your furry friends are treacherous. Bulbs being the most poisonous part but any part of a tulip is harmful to cats. If you were still weighing on whether to treat tulips as safe flowers to keep in your home and you have a cat, think again. Tulips are toxic for cats. While tulip poisoning may not be fatal for healthy cats, it is, for the sick, young, and elderly felines. If possible don’t keep tulips if you are a cat parent. There are options for you to revamp your home décor but steer away from tulips. 

Tulips are part of the Liliaceae family and are a perennial type of flowers sought by many because of their vivid flowers. Tulips normally emerge at the start of spring and last for the rest of the season. The ornamental plant originated from Asia but linked to Holland where it appeared in 1593 and still adored and kept immensely. 

Dangers tulips pose to cats

According to ASPCA, tulips are toxic to cats and warns cat parents to be wary of keeping tulips to decorate their homes. It is not only toxic to cats but also dogs and horses. The risk components in tulips are tulipalin A and B commonly found with the bulb. If you are a fanatic of tulips, you may still keep them but mesh around with netting to keep cats at bay. If you can hang them on the planters the better, but only if you don’t have an avid climber.

Effects it causes to a cat when ingested

If your cat becomes curious to taste tulip and in large amounts, you are in for a rough time as a cat parent. Tulip poisoning will lead to excessive drooling, depression, diarrhea, nausea, rapid heart rate, seizures, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing, or throwing up. When cats vomit profusely and diarrhea severely it may lead to dehydration which may lead to additional problems to your cat unless gastric upsets are addressed and your cat rehydrated. If you suspect your cat might have ingested the tulip plant and showing signs and symptoms mentioned, call the vet immediately. And if by luck you catch her red-handed tasting the tulip, take her immediately to the nearest pet care center for immediate intervention. Do take along with you the tulip plant your cat ingested too. It will help the vet doctor figure out the type of toxins to deal with.

How to treat tulip poisoning in cats 

First, call the vet and describe the signs your cat is showing. If the vet comes to your home, well and good and if he/she asked you to bring along your pet to their office, please do. A common treatment for tulip poisoning may include GI management fluid addition to address the shortage of fluid in the body resulting from dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea.

Your animal vet may decide to use activated charcoal for your cat which will aid in absorbing tulipalin compounds from the stomach. Activated charcoal absorbs toxins and prevents them from going into the bloodstream and prevents further harm to your cat. 

Tulip poisoning in cats is seldom fatal but cats with pre-existing conditions or aged may be fatal. Tulip poisoning will depend on three core states; cat’s health, amount of tulip ingested, and how quickly you reach the vet after poisoning occurs. If your cat had a considerable amount of tulip bulb, hepatotoxic effects occur which is a failure in kidneys happens if swift medication is not considered. Long term effects may be felt. Normally, cats don’t taste too much of tulip ruling out long term effects hence no serious damage to the liver. If your cat is not used to staying far away from you, it is evident that he may need to sleepover the vet’s office for close monitoring until she is back to normal.  Medication may take more than a week until your cat recovers completely. The point here is, get prompt intervention from the veterinarian as fast as you can. 

The physical appearance of a tulip flower

The tulip plant can grow up to 30 inches tall. The flowers of a tulip appear in purple, bright pink, orange, white and yellow shades. There are multicolored tulip varieties available. They all are unique pretty to the eyes, even those of your feline friend. Thy might be tempted to taste out of curiosity and built-in inquisitive nature.  Knowing how tulip looks like helps cat parents protect their cats from coming near to it. 

How to prevent tulip from poisoning your cat

If you have a tulip outdoor, keep your cat indoors. Training your cat to remain indoors will cushion them from a hazardous environment where abusive animals exist. And when you allow your cat to go out, make sure to keep an eye or keep them company wherever they go. Keep cut flowers of tulips and other poisonous houseplants in the rooms where your cat can’t access. Or avoid them completely if you don’t trust your efforts to keep your cat far away from tulips. 

Why immature cats’ tulip poisoning is a fatal affair

Their gastrointestinal tract is yet to mature and needs a lot of nutrients in their bodies. Tulip poisoning in immature cats may take longer to treat while some cases may be fatal because the GI system is week. Immature cats or older cats should be carefully kept far away from tulip blooms during the spring season.

Now you know, tulips and cats are not mixable. For your peace of mind, clear all tulip plants from your compound if you want to be a cat parent. Those fancy flowers are not worth the bills you give to a vet after poisoning after tasting the flowers or bulbs.

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