are aloe plants dangerous to cats

However, aloe is dangerous for cats. Although cats usually will not die from ingesting aloe, it can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, which may lead to dangerous levels of dehydration if left untreated for too long.

Causes of True Aloe Poisoning in Cats

Since true aloe contains saponins such as glycosides, anthracene, and anthraquinones, your cat should not consume it. True aloe’s toxic component is its white latex, not the gelatin the leaves contain.

The saponins in real aloe help your cat’s colon produce more mucus and water. This leads to him developing abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Invest in an aloe product without latex if you plan to apply it on your pets. The poison and irritant in the aloe is the latex, which affects both you and your cat.

Symptoms of True Aloe Poisoning in Cats

Symptoms of true aloe poisoning include:

  • Change in urine color (urine becomes red)
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • In rare cases, tremors

In my studio apartment, I have about fifteen plants, but my cat is obsessed with the aloe, especially when I’m not around. He still chews it, and he does so happily, despite my best efforts to stop him. Nothing seems to work that I’ve tried, including adding rocks and citrus peels to the soil, rubbing and spraying white vinegar on the leaves, and covering the pot’s edges with tin foil. I’ve also tried physically moving my cat, dousing him in water when he approaches, and ignoring him entirely, but none of those strategies seem to be effective. He just keeps going back to the plant. Even though I have a “cat tree” plant, he still seems more fascinating in the aloe

Additionally, since aloe is my favorite plant, I can’t fathom getting rid of it. I’m also somewhat limited in where I can move it because I live in a studio apartment. My cat has gnawed at the leaves so much (about 2-3″) that it is stunting their development. He isnt getting sick from eating them, though. Although it’s still too cold for him outside where I live in Canada, I would still put the plant outside.

FAQ

Can I have an aloe plant with a cat?

Because true aloe contains glycosides, anthracene, and anthraquinones, classified as saponins, your cat should avoid it. The poisonous part of true aloe is the white latex, not the gelatin held within the leaves.

Is aloe vera safe for pets?

The leaves contain saponins, glycosides, and other compounds that are mildly toxic for domestic animals. If a large amount of the plant is eaten, your dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, depression, and urinary changes. Ingestion of large quantities may cause tremors, although this is rare.

Do cats hate the smell of aloe?

Smell: Citronella, perfumes, solid air fresheners, citrus, aloe, eucalyptus oil and oil of wintergreen are all aversive smells to cats.

Are succulents toxic to cats?

One of the struggles of owning pets and plants is creating a space that’s safe for both. Fortunately, most succulents are completely harmless to animals. Additionally, most animals instinctively avoid eating succulents. They just don’t smell or taste very appetizing.