If you’re like us, your dogs and cats are more than just pets; they’re full-fledged members of the family. As any pet owner knows, it can also be difficult to keep them from eating whatever strikes their fancy, even if it’s far from healthy for them. That’s why it’s so important to know which flowers are safe for cats and dogs, whether the Bouq is for yourself or a gift for a friend.
Flowers Which Can Be Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Here at The Bouqs Company, we love all flowers, but keeping our furry friends safe is a major priority. So, to ensure their safety with whatever they might decide to take a taste of, we’ve investigated the important subject of plant toxicity to find out which flowers are safe for cats and dogs. Before we dive into which flowers are safe for dogs and cats, these flowers are toxic to both:
- Baby’s Breath
- Tulips (their bulbs rather than cut flowers)
- Bird of Paradise
Which Flowers Are Safe for Cats?
Cats can be fierce and delicate in equal measure, that’s why we love them so much. This contrast is also true when it comes to their stomachs. Though notoriously picky in choosing what to eat, cats’ tummies are capable of handling a very wide array of foods. However, there are some flowers that can be very dangerous for cats. This is especially true of the Lilium family, which includes all “true” lilies. If you own a cat or are planning to gift a Bouq to someone who does, here’s a list of flowers which are safe for felines:
Which Flowers Are Safe for Dogs?
Probably even more so than cats, dogs enjoy tasting the world around them, whether it’s grass, their own tail, or one of your brand new couch pillows from Urban Outfitters. For this reason, much care must be taken about choosing flowers which won’t harm your precious pup if curiosity gets the better of him or her. To make sure that the Bouqs that is brightening up your home is safe, here’s a list of flowers that are non-toxic to dogs:
Possible Signs of Poisoning to Look Out For
If you think that your cat or dog has ingested, tasted or even drank the vase water from a toxic flower, there are many symptoms to look out for. Here are just some of the most obvious ones that should raise concern:
- Increased Urination
- Dry Mouth
- Not Eating Food
Not all flowers will have the same effect, however. Lilies, one of the most dangerous flowers for cats, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, kidney disease, and heart issues, while Morning Glory would cause a cat to become very agitated and lose motor function.
What To Do If You Believe Your Pet Has Eaten an Unsafe Flower
The safest course of action if you think your cat or dog has eaten an unsafe flower is to call your vet to explain the symptoms. If it is necessary to bring the animal to a veterinary hospital, bring along the flowers that may have caused the problem or a bouquet description if you have it. Time can be very important and can increase the number of possible treatments.
A beautiful, hand-crafted Bouq will always have a place in a happy home, but when that household also includes cats and dogs, it’s necessary to be extra careful about flower selection. Check the list of potentially toxic plants, so you know which flowers are safe for cats and dogs. Everyone in your family will enjoy fresh flowers, including your four-legged friends, just keep things on the safe side in case they want to have a more immersive experience.Shop All