Last Updated on October 2, 2021 by Fumipets
Eucalyptus, like the outback, kangaroos, and koalas of its native Australia, may seem delightfully exotic to you. Although the trees seem to be calm, picturesque, and lovely, they may be extremely dangerous to your kitty companion. Simply stated, cats and eucalyptus aren’t the best of friends.
Fresh eucalyptus is harmful to cats, according to the ASPCA. The herb is toxic not only to cats but also to dogs and horses. The essential oils in fresh eucalyptus, known as eucalyptol, are the most hazardous component. The organic oil is completely transparent in appearance and has antibacterial characteristics. From toothpaste to mouthwash, it’s utilised to create a variety of personal care and hygiene products for individuals. Cats are unable to effectively metabolise the chemicals in the oil, which may result in hazardous toxin buildup in the body. In any quantity, undiluted eucalyptol may be toxic — and without veterinary treatment, potentially deadly — so keep it away from your pet.
If you’re concerned that your little one has gotten her hands on some fresh eucalyptus, keep an eye out for symptoms of poisoning. When a cat eats large quantities of the substance, she may have symptoms such as decreased central nervous system activity, vomiting, frequent and runny faeces, weakness, and excessive drooling. If your fluffball exhibits any of these potentially hazardous symptoms, seek immediate veterinarian assistance.
The eucalyptus tree is native to the Australian continent. The tree is renowned for its fresh scent, huge height, and beautiful, brilliant red blooms, in addition to the picture of cute koala bears firmly hugging its branches. Eucalyptus is used to make a variety of medical and cosmetic products, including cough drops, toothpaste, and even root canal fillings, in all of its forms, from fresh to dried.
Other Plants That Are Toxic
Fresh eucalyptus isn’t the only plant that may cause your pet pain, discomfort, and even illness. The more you understand plant toxicity, the safer your cat will always be. Plants including trumpet lilies, California ivy, sweet peas, primrose, and English holly are all harmful to cats. Keep these plants away from your cat at all times, no matter how lovely and appealing they are. Your foresight will almost certainly pay dividends.