is an aloe plant toxic 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.

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a) All the sources Ive read talk about cats ingesting or nibbling on aloe vera, so there is likely no danger to them touching or inhaling its odor. As for the safety factor, youd probably have to consult a professional veterinarian. In my own limited experience some cats really like chewing on plants and others rarely or not at all. If your cat starts to show signs of chewing on plants there are methods ASPCA recommends to remove or limit access to the plants or make them unappealing.

b) Somewhat related to the first point, the toxic part of the plant according to this emergency-care vet is the latex surrounding the inner leaf and not the gooey gel part you spread on cuts and bruises. It causes “diarrhea and occasionally vomiting” if ingested and may lead to dehydration and fluid loss in cats. There were a couple sites where aloe vera was claimed to relieve severe constipation in pets, but I would definitely ask a professional veterinarian before attempting to use aloe as a treatment for acute constipation.

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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.

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

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. The saponins in true aloe work to increase the amounts of mucus and water in your cat’s colon.

How toxic is aloe to pets?

Aloe vera Used as a topical gel in conventional medicine, aloe vera is one of many poisonous plants for dogs. When eaten by dogs, aloe vera can cause mild to moderate bouts of toxicity. Side effects may include vomiting, lethargy, depression, tremors and change in urine.

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. Soak pieces of cloth or cotton balls in these smelly substances and place them where you don’t want your cat to go.

Is aloe vera safe for cats skin?

Many people wonder if Aloe Vera Gel is safe for cats or not so here is the answer. Aloe Vera Gel is safe to use on cats or even dogs because it is a 100% natural plant derived from nature. The gel contains 99% water content which is very beneficial for the coat of your cats.