The yucca palm is popular. It brings the magic of southern countries into the home and garden, while being easy to care for and robust. However, cat owners should be careful. We explain why.
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danger to cats
Cats and yucca palms are not a good combination. Although the little house cats are carnivores, they also eat plant-based food. Outdoor cats nibble on blades of grass, catnip and other garden plants, indoor cats are magically attracted to indoor plants. The plant fibers make it easier to vomit swallowed fur residue, but many plants are poisonous.
You will find yucca palms both in the house and in the garden.
Incidentally, experts disagree as to whether the yucca palm is really poisonous to house cats. The fact is that some are very sensitive. Therefore, caution is advised.
Cats that ingest parts of the palm leaves may experience the following symptoms:
- heavy salivation
- Vomiting with bloody mucus
- upset stomach
Poisoning in pets can result in severe liver and kidney damage. Therefore, quick action is required.
Not only the toxic ingredients, but also the pointed, hard leaves of the yucca palm can be dangerous to cats. When romping around or chasing mice or birds, they can injure themselves on the sharp tips of the leaves. Ingested sharp-edged leaves can cause sores in the mouth, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract.
If you notice symptoms of poisoning in your cat or catch it nibbling on poisonous plants, you need help quickly:
- Stay calm.
- Maintain a patent airway, remove vomit.
- Call your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital. Describe the symptoms.
- Drive to the vet. If possible, provide information on the amount of plant parts ingested.
The poison control centers
In Germany, you can get quick advice from the poison control centers. Even if the emergency call centers specialize in poisoning in humans, the doctors can make an initial assessment of the symptoms in your animal.