unlvraptor asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

Is it ok for a cat to eat rose petals?

This question was asked by others but I would like a definitive answer from someone who knows. Maybe a veternarian or vetinary student? My cat likes the red rose petals (Lincoln Roses) from our garden. Ok for the cat to eat, yes or no? And why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Your cat can still enjoy the rose petals...and clover, too! Our cats loved our rose garden, but would only eat the botton flowers, so we didnt' mind. We even planted extra for them! I worked as a volunteer to ASPCA for many years. It is okay!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No is not good for your cat to eat rose petals as it could kill him or do some serious damage to your cat. I would do everything that I could to stop him from doing so.

    Source(s): I had tries everything from keeping my cat away from all my roses and plants.Plus I did talk with the vet and we found that if we put the plants out of reach, then we were safe and so was the cat.
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  • 4 years ago

    I'm quite sure she'll be okay. Cats are knows for not eating anything that's not good for them :) Maybe she's just a hopeless romantic :D

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  • 1 decade ago

    It wont hurt the cat but there are some that will harm the cat such as Pointsetters

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  • 1 decade ago

    If the petals are plastic no.But if its real petals then your cat needs vitamins.

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  • NO!!! Your cat is going to die a slow, yet horrible death!!! Just Kidding. The cat will be fine.

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  • 1 decade ago

    http://www.petco.com/Content/Article.aspx?PC=artic...

    Roses are not on this long list of toxic plants.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most of us are surrounded by plants, both wild and cultivated, in our homes and gardens and come to no harm. However, a small percentage of these plants have the potential to cause harm to ourselves and our cats.

    Who is at risk ?

    Most cats are fastidious creatures and are careful what they eat. Poisoning in cats is therefore generally rare. It is the young, inquisitive cat or kitten that is most at risk of eating harmful plants, particularly household ones. Boredom also has a part to play. When a cat is confined to a run or lives entirely indoors hazardous plants should be removed from its environment. Cats given free access to the outside world tend to have other things to occupy their minds than sampling unfamiliar vegetation. But even free roaming adult cats may accidentally ingest needles or seeds that have become entangled in their coat during grooming.

    Cats don't eat plants !

    All plants, even grass, can have an irritating effect on a cat's gastrointestinal system causing them to vomit. But, given the opportunity, cats like to nibble on grass. When not available their attention may turn to often less suitable household plants. Tender plants are generally a favourite. Particularly dangerous is Diffenbachia (dumb cane).

    Preventive action

    Remove all potentially hazardous household plants to prevent unnecessary exposure. This is especially important for kittens or cats kept indoors. A list of plants that are unsuitable to grow in a house with cats is given below.

    Outdoors the story is not so simple. Free roaming cats have access to many gardens so it will be impossible to prevent all possible contact with potentially harmful plants. You can however remove the most toxic plants from your garden and make a note of any in your neighbour's gardens that are potentially dangerous. List common and Latin names. This list may help your vet if poisoning is suspected.

    You can also ensure that any new additions to the garden are safe. The Horticultural Trade Association has a code of practice for its members and most garden centres and nurseries label plants that are toxic or cause skin reactions. Plants are grouped into three categories: A Poisonous; B Toxic if eaten; and C Harmful if eaten. You are unlikely to find a category A plant on sale - Poison Ivy being one example. Category B plants should be avoided. After gardening, never leave hedge clippings or uprooted plants near pets. Their novelty value may encourage inquisitive chewing. Sap from damaged stems can cause skin irritation as well as being poisonous. Bulbs, rhizomes and roots can be the most hazardous parts of some plants.

    Hazardous plants

    The following is a fairly comprehensive list of plants that are potentially poisonous or harmful to your cat when eaten. Contact with some of the plants listed may be sufficient to cause skin irritation (marked *) It is often the fruit or seeds of plants that are potentially harmful. Many of us are already familiar with plants that carry really toxic berries such as Deadly Nightshade. Only a small quantity of these need to be eaten for a fatal result. Other plants in the list may come as a surprise - Daffodils for example. Here, however, it is the bulb that causes harm if ingested.

    The fact that the list contains some very common plants should not be cause for concern. Most of these potentially harmful plants taste bad and are unlikely to be eaten in sufficient quantities to cause permanent damage. Woody garden plants are also unlikely to be eaten by your cat - tender household plants pose most risk.

    Hazardous plants

    House plants

    Amaryllis

    Aphelandra

    Castor Oil Plant, see Ricinus

    Christmas Cherry, see Solanum

    Chrysanthemum, see Dendranthema

    Codiaeum

    Croton, see Codiaeum

    Cyclamen

    Dumb cane, see Dieffenbachia

    Dieffenbachia *

    Devil's Ivy, see Epipremnum aureum

    Elephant's Ear, see Alocasia, Caladium

    Epipremnum aureum

    Ferns

    Holly, see Ilex

    Hypoestes phyllostachya

    Hyacinthus

    Ivy, see Hedera

    Mistletoe, see Viscum

    Nerium oleander

    Oleander see Nerium

    Ornithogalum

    Poinsettia, see Euphorbia

    Senecio

    Star of Bethlehem, see Ornithogalum umbellatum

    Umbrella Plant, see Schefflera

    Zebra Plant, see Aphelandra

    Garden plants

    Abrus precatorius

    Aconitum *

    Actaea

    Aesculus

    Agrostemma githago

    Aleurites

    Allium

    Alocasia

    Alstroemeria *

    Anagallis

    Anemone

    Angel's Trumpets, see Brugmansia

    Angel Wings, see Caladium

    Apricot, see Prunus armeniaca

    Aquilegia

    Arisaema

    Arum

    Astragalus

    Atropa

    Avocado, see Persea americana

    Azalea, see Rhododendron

    Baneberry, see Actaea

    Bird of Paradise, see Strelitzia

    Black-eyed Susan, see Thunbergia

    Bloodroot, see Sanguinaria

    Box, see Buxus

    Broom, see Cytisus

    Brugmansia

    Bryony

    Buckthorn, see Rhamnus

    Burning Bush, see Dictamnus

    Buttercup, see Ranunculus

    Buxus

    Cherry Laurel see Prunus laurocerasus

    Chincherinchee see Ornithogalum

    Caesalpinia

    Caladium

    Caltha *

    Catharanthus

    Celastrus

    Centaurea cyanus

    Cestrum

    Chrysanthemum see Dendranthema

    Clematis

    Colchicum

    Columbine see Aquilegia

    Conium

    Convallaria majalis

    Corncockle, see Agrostemma githago

    Cornflower, see Centaurea cyanus

    Cotoneaster

    Crocus, see Colchicum

    x Cupressocyparis leylandii *

    Cyclamen

    Cytisus

    Daffodil, see Narcissus

    Daphne *

    Datura *

    Delphinium

    Delonix

    Dendranthema *

    Dicentra

    Dictamnus

    Digitalis

    Echium *

    Euonymus

    Euphorbia *

    Elder, see Sambucus

    False acacia, see Robinia

    Fems

    Ficus

    Flax see Linum

    Frangula see Rhamnus

    Fremontodendron *

    Foxglove see Digitalis

    Four o'clock: see Mirabilis jalapa

    Galanthus

    Gaultheria

    Giant Hog Weed, see Heracleum mantegazzianum

    Gloriosa superba

    Glory Lily see Gloriosa

    Hedera *

    Helleborus *

    Hemlock, see Conium

    Henbane, see Hyoscyamus

    Heracleum mantegazzianum

    Hippeastrum

    Holly, see Ilex

    Horse-chestnut, see Aesculus

    Hyacinthus

    Hydrangea

    Hyoscyamus

    Impatiens

    Ipomoea

    Iris

    Ivy, see Hedera

    Ilex

    Jasminum

    Juniperus sabina

    Kalmia

    Laburnum

    Lantana

    Lathyrus

    Larkspur, see Delphinium

    Lilium

    Lily of the Valley, see Convallaria

    Linum

    Ligustrum

    Lobelia (except bedding Lobelia) *

    Lords and Ladies (Cuckoo pint), see Arum

    Lupinus

    Lycopersicon *

    Lysichiton

    Madagascar periwinkle, see Catharanthus

    Marigold, see Tagetes

    Melia

    Mirabilis jalapa

    Monkswood, see Aconitum

    Morning Glory, see Ipomoea

    Narcissus

    Nerium oleander

    Nicotiana

    Nightshade, deadly, see Atropa

    Nightshade, woody, see Solanum

    Oak, see Quercus

    Onion, see Allium

    Oxytropis

    Paeonia

    Papaver

    Parthenocissus

    Peach, see Prunus persica

    Peony, see Paeonia

    Pernettya

    Persea americana

    Philodendron

    Physalis

    Phytolacca *

    Pokeweed, see Phytolacca

    Poppy, see Papaver

    Polygonatum

    Primula obconica *

    Privet see Ligustrum

    Prunus armeniaca

    Prunus laurocerasus

    Prunus persica

    Quercus

    Rhamus (including R.frangula)

    Rhododendron

    Rhus *

    Ricinus

    Robinia

    Rosary pea, see Abrus precatorius

    Rubber plant, see Ficus

    Rudbeckia

    Rue, see Ruta

    Ruta

    Sambucus

    Sanguinaria

    Schefflera *

    Scilla

    Skunk cabbage, see Lysichiton

    Snowdrop, see Galanthus

    Solandra

    Solanum

    Solomon's seal, see Polygonatum

    Spindle Tree, see Euonymus

    Spurge, see Euphorbia

    Strelitzia

    Sumach, see Rhus

    Sweet pea, see Lathyrus

    Tagetes

    Tanacetum

    Taxus

    Tetradymia

    Tobacco, see Nicotiana

    Tomato, see Lycopersicon

    Thornapple, see Datura

    Thuja *

    Tulipa *

    Veratrum

    Viscum

    Wisteria

    Yew, see Taxus

    * Contact with these plants may be sufficient to cause skin irritation

    Source(s): www.fabcats.org
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