Cats are notorious for getting into dangerous situations. With a little foresight and planning when choosing plants for your home and garden, you can eliminate potential hazards to your feline companion.
Croton is the name of a genus in the taxonomic family Euphorbiacae. The name "croton" is also used as the common name of several plants in this category.
All parts of the plants in the croton genus are toxic to cats. The toxins are carried in the oils of the plant.
When ingested, croton plants cause nausea, vomiting, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite and ataxia. In rare cases, cats who eat croton fall into a coma or die. When physical contact is present without ingestion, a burning sensation and rash often occur.
If you think your cat has eaten any part of a croton plant, seek emergency veterinary care immediately. If your cat suffers dermatological effects from contact with a croton plant, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.
Restrict access to the areas of your house or yard that harbor croton plants. If this is not possible, supervise your cat when it is around these plants.
- "Handbook of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats"; Alexander Campbell, Michael Chapman; 2000
- " Botanica: The Illustrated A-Z of Over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them;" HF Ullmann; 2008
- The Cat Fancier's Association: Plants and Your Cat