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Are all pothos toxic to cats?

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To understand all pothos toxic to cats, firstly we need to know what Pothos are.

Epipremnum aureum, which is commonly called pothos are plant species which are generally grown indoors and is natively found in Southeastern Asia.

Pothos flourish in outdoor setups but at the time when they mature in a suitable environment and the presence of adequate light; the color of the bloom is greenish-offwhite and they have great size. Pothos plants do not flourish in indoor setups.

Pothos plants are known as climbers because of the presence of long aerial roots whose height relies on the place where they thrive i.e. either indoor or outdoor. In outdoor settings, they can attain a height of up to 40 feet and in indoor settings, they can thrive up to a maximum of 6 to 8 feet. The foliage of the pothos plant shine in the different shades like yellow, green, neon green and so on.

Pothos are known by other names as well like money plants, golden pothos, and devil’s ivy.

Pothos are evergreen plants that possess heart-shaped leaves and have a thick and waxy coating on them. These are climbing species of plants that climb with the help of aerial roots. Due to this property, this plant reaches a good range of height by using long and strong trees as support.

Despite being angiosperm (the plants which bear flowers), Pothos show “shy flowering nature” which means these plants rarely produce flowers. Epipremnum aureum (pothos) is the only species in the family “Araceae” which do not show flower growth.

These plants are used for decorative purposes in various shops, public places, and offices as this plant is very attractive in nature and need little care for healthy growth.

Pothos do not need long periods of sunlight, this plant can grow in a temperature range between 17-30°C. When soil gets dry, the plant needs to be watered at that time.

Pothos plants are easy to propagate. New pothos can be simply grown by cutting a part of mature pothos and cultivating them. However, this cutting process can be dangerous as the cut part of the plant may carry diseases like Pythium root rot, Southern blight, Erwinia leaf spot, etc.

Pothos plants also help to decrease the number of pollutants in the surroundings. A study found that pothos plants can eliminate pollutants like toluene, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethane from the atmosphere.

Not only this, this plant often used in fish aquariums. The plants are placed at the surface of the water so that it can absorb various nitrates from the water and initiates healthy growth. But who knows these plants can kill pets or they are harmful to pets if they ingest or swallow the plant.

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Growth factors:

Growth-factors

They have ideal thriving conditions on which they rely for the upcoming growth.

Light Requirements

Photos developed greatly in shady regions, but development speed slows when the low light conditions are present in the growing environment, and the foliage will lose its variety, and they result in solid green color. In an indoor setting, put the plant at a place where it gets a filtered light or an artificial fluorescent light.

If the devil’s ivy is in the shade or low light, the rate of growth will decrease. In their endemic environment surrounding devil’s ivy grow up to the trees & they can grow up to 60″. During the development period between autumn and winter and spring season grows quickly. When the proper growth suppliers are present in balanced proportions they gain a height of approximately 20 to 40 feet and scatter up to 3 to 6 feet broad, they have an average life span of 10 years.

Temperature:

Pothos plants thrive in normal room temperature and do not require any special conditions to develop properly.

Fertilizer:

A pothos plant is not a heavy feeder plant and its development will not stop to thrive. Although pothos plants can fill the needs of fertilizers with a liquid fertilizer in a balanced proportion. Every time feed the devil’s ivy plants with an organic liquid fertilizer to nourish and provide all the supplements to thrive.

Watering:

pothos plants are extremely subtle to watering so it is significant to know the needs of water a plant requires. Watering will result in two ways either the plant will develop greatly or the plant will wilt. Be cautious of the water plant’s daily irregularity in watering will lead to plant diseases. Usually, this result comes after the overwatering sessions.

Do not let the soil lose its moisture but be cautious do not overwater plants.

Is it easier to water plants than said? Pothos grow great when the soil can lose its moisture between intervals of watering.

Do not let the roots lose their moisture in the watering intervals, only allow the potting mix to get dry.

Humidity:

The level of relative humidity is usually low in the months of winter. Plants are in the benefit because they do not require regular misting.

The pothos plant does great in the environment of the level of relative humidity but will develop in very little humidity present in the surrounding environment.

Brown edges of the leaf may point out that the air present in the environment is moisture-free i.e. air is dry.

What is Poisoning :

Poisons are molecules that react fast as they connect to blood cells and scatters completely to the body of an organism.

Poisons affect the cat’s body in distinct ways that rely on the active factor. Several poisons strike the blood cells directly, causing damage like internal bleeding, other ingredients attack the CNS (central nervous system), influencing the brain and then cardiac system, although various poisons attack the body organs, slowly resulting in shutdown action of every essential organ of the body.

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Poisoning happens immediately right after when the cat has eaten or ingested something wrong, it is considered an urgent crisis. Treatment for poisoning in cats should start immediately.

Poisoning mechanisms in cats will occur when they will eat food or swallow pothos flowers, absorption, inhale a toxic matter.

Herbs, drugs, toxicants, chemicals, and unexpectedly individual foodstuffs can contaminate a cat or make it noxious.

Sadly, the greater number of noxious cat detected cases manifest when the cat holder is not around and there is only one form by which a pet holder can detect toxins is by exhalation symptoms. Cats who are noxious will start to spit abundantly from the mouth, the behavioral changes may appear from peaceful to impatient or disturbed, and the cat will start puking.

It all depends on the kind of poison, either cat will move into a state of shock, a sudden attack, and unconsciousness in a very less time

Why Are Pothos Poisonous?

Why-Are-Pothos-Poisonous

It is very confusing because the ornamental plants are also toxic to pets and children. The presence of calcium oxalates in the stems and leaves of the plants that create Pothos plants is toxic because they are not soluble crystals. The calcium oxalates crystals are similar to the appearance of small size glass which will physically hurt the body of pets and result in skin irritation and rashes when they feel a touch, or when the pets will chew or swallow something they will feel irritation in the buccal cavity and gastrointestinal tract.

This rarely happens, ingesting a part of a pothos plant will also result in inflammation in the respiratory tract, and makes the pet unable to breathe.

All parts of the pothos plant are toxic to pets and children so try to stay safe and away from the children as well because it will cause skin rashes and perform inflammatory reactions in the body.

Signs and Symptoms

Common signs :

  • Salivating
  • Nausea
  • Puking
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Difficulty in breathing

Clinical signs including severe salivation, puking, or also diarrhea, it all depends on the quantity consumed. With great ingestions, more serious symptoms such as:

  • Fluctuations in respiratory pattern
  • Shallow breathing
  • Skin rashes or inflammation Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lack of coordinating movement or unstable gait
  • Shock or quivering
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure

The symptoms of toxicity in cats rely on the maximum number of toxicants, it will result in gastrointestinal disturbance, changes in the nervous system, and difficulty in respiration signs, puking (with blood or without), diarrhea (with blood or without), excessive drooling, coughing, difficulty in breathing and sneezing.

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Causes:

The frequent habitual reason for poisoning in cats is the consumption by slurping a toxin off the pelage.

The cats do not taste anything like toxic ingredients or toxic products until it is not mingled in the cat food.

Cats have a habit to eat ornamental indoor plants, as cats do not have the chance to reduce gastrointestinal nausea by consuming pothos plants, causing poisoning to themselves.

Diagnosis:

The veterinarians will be able to conclude a diagnosis of poisoning in a cat and not rapidly, assumed from physical signs and symptoms.

Diagnosis may take time because the veterinarian does not know the proper cause so it can become a severe case and may cause the death of a cat. The reason for the poisoning is aware of active toxicants, which will support the doctor to select a proper medication and treatment plan and the cat will recover soon. Do show the pothos plant to the doctor so that the doctor will easily conclude the toxicity and will start treating the cat instantly.

Treatment:

Pothos plants cause poisoning in cats and the treatment of poisoning relies on the toxicants on which the cat contacts.

Treatment depends on the following medications:

  • Management of alcohol (ethanol) in the condition of antifreeze toxicity.
  • Liquid therapy supports the body of the cat to exhaust out the toxins.
  • Muscle relaxants for trembling parts of the body.
  • Anti-seizure medicines open cardiac sphincter and induce puking to prevent collapsing.
  • Activated charcoal a reagent that attaches along with the poison and stops it from frequent absorption by the body, used in toxinda that is the reason for internal bleeding or erosion of the esophagus if puking is stimulated.

Recovery:

Recovery-pothos

The prognosis for toxicity in the bodies of cats relies much on regulation.

The shortly available medical treatment for cats, the treatment will start in a moment without wasting time because the poison takes very little time to proliferate in the entire body.

Cats will recover in very little time if the proper treatment is given as soon as possible.

Ask the experts for further poisoning emergencies and have precautions.

In abstract the question that “Are all pothos plants are toxic to cats” the response is Yes, there are many causes to the toxicity in the pets and it will lead to skin irritations and inflammation of the skin. Because of The appearance of the pothos plants, they develop in ideal factors. and don’t need any maintenance every time. Pothos plants are toxic in nature if they are swallowed it will result in irritation of the skin and rashes to the skin if anyone touches. They do not result in fatal, but they lead to irritation of the lips of children and inflammatory reactions and they lead to vomiting. Always keep the cats, children, and other pets away from the pothos plants.

References-

https://nypost.com/2016/12/15/new-yorks-most-popular-plant-can-kill-you-and-your-pets/
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/golden-pothos

 

Constance Harrington

Written by Constance Harrington

Constance Harrington is an award-winning and recognized botanist. Harrington has poured hundreds of hours into research (as well as into her own personal gardens and endeavors) and as such has an amazing eye for horticulture and all of its intricacies. She has authored several articles for the website focusing on a vast variety of topics, from basic gardening techniques to more advanced and specific topics for professionals. Constance aims to help with all aspects of your garden—-from technique to economics to culinary—-and she carries with her both the knowledge to do so and the written prowess to explain it to you in an easy to understand way.

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