Cats are curious and like different foods (my kittens love corn flakes!) However, there are some common fruits that are highly toxic to cats. I was surprised to find that even apples are harmful to cats.
- Toxic element: cyanogenic glycosides
- Symptoms may include brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock.
- *Toxic element: cyanogenic glycosides in some species
- *Symptoms may include brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock.
- Toxic element: Persin
- Symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea.
- Toxic element: Proteolytic ensyme (ficin), psoralen (ficusin)
- Symptoms may include dermatitis (caused by contact with the skin,) ingestion may cause oral irritation, salivation, and vomiting.
- ^Toxic element: Essential oils and psoralens
- ^Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and photosensitivity.
A complete list of toxic plants can be found at the www.aspca.org Animal Poison Control Center page.
Scientific Terms Defined:
Cyanogenic (capable of producing cyanide as hydrogen cyanide) glycosides (any of numerous sugar derivatives that contain a nonsugar group attached through an oxygen or nitrogen bond and that on hydrolysis yield a sugar.)
Proteolytic ensyme (ficin)
A protease that is obtained from the latex of fig trees.
Toxin (to cats) naturally occurring in some plants.
Jennifer Kean is a writer and pet-lover who owns two rescue kittens (lifetime cat owner too!) and has a 40 gallon fish tank!