Are Sphynx Cats curious? Yes, they are. The natural curiosity of the sphynx cats also means that they are likely to investigate and chew on indoor plants. This can lead to certain consequences, sometimes to trivial, sometimes to undesirable. It doesn’t mean that sphynx cats and indoor plants can co-exist together. A responsible pet owner just would prefer to avoid a dangerous situation.
Natural curiosity of the Sphynx cats
Many people enjoy having plants inside their homes. If this is you, then you need to know that there are some indoor plants that are poisonous to cats. In general, cats are very careful about what they eat and they seem to instinctively know not to eat poisonous plants. However, the natural curiosity of the Sphynx cats means that they are probably more likely to investigate and chew on indoor plants.
Symptoms of indoor plant poisoning
The level of toxicity in poisonous plants varies, and so do the symptoms that your Sphynx may exhibit should they consume a poisonous plant. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, obvious stomach pain, drooling and collapse. Your cat may also experience a skin irritation or rash. Your Sphynx may also get red or weeping eyes and excessive sneezing or coughing.
What to do if a Sphynx have been poisoned by an indoor plant
If you think that your Sphynx may have been poisoned by an indoor plant, then you should immediately take it to your local vet. Don’t try to make the cat vomit. It would be helpful if you can take a leaf or the label from the plant so that the vet is able to identify it. If you catch your Sphynx eating one of your plants then it is important to note that it may take several days for them to demonstrate signs of poisoning.
How to prevent Sphynx from poisoning by indoor plants
One very effective way of preventing your cat from being poisoned by your indoor plants is by sprinkling cayenne pepper on the leaves. It also might be great to separate sphynx cats and indoor plants in your house. You can also ensure that you only keep plants that are safe for your cat if ingested.
E-Book “Sphynx Cats” contains a helpful guide for creating a safe and healthy garden for your Sphynx.
If you find that your Sphynx enjoys digging in the soil in your indoor plants then you can make plastic or canvas covers to put over the soil to protect it.
What indoor plants are poisonous for cats?
Some of the most common household plants that are poisonous and potentially deadly for cats include the following:
• Rhododendrons and Azaleas – these plants contain Grayanotoxins which have a negative impact on the heart.
• Lily-of-the-Valley – the poisonous element in this plant is Cardiac Glycoside. This impacts upon the functioning of the cardiovascular, neurologic, and gastrointestinal systems.
• Lilies – the poisonous element in lilies is unclear but it is very serious. Ingestion can result in kidney failure, leading to death.
• Cycad Palms – contain cycasin which affects the functioning of the liver and the gastrointestinal system. While all of the plant is toxic, the highest concentration of the poison is found in the seeds.
If you are a lover of indoor plants and want to have a Sphynx, explore the possibility of their co-existence. In this case you may be sure, that both Sphynx cats and indoor plants will be safe.