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Are cats allergic to Clusia Rosea or is it toxic to them?

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Clusia rosea, also known as the autograph treepitch apple, or Scotch attorney, is a tropical flowering plant native to the Caribbean, Mexico, and parts of South America.

While this plant is often grown as an ornamental tree or houseplant, cat owners should be aware that Clusia rosea is toxic to cats.

Toxicity level

Moderate

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Symptoms your cat may have

If your cat has ingested any part of a Clusia rosea plant, watch for these potential symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy

Symptoms are usually mild to moderate. However, if your cat shows severe or prolonged digestive issues, contact your veterinarian.

Potential diagnosis your Vet may give

If you suspect your cat has eaten Clusia rosea, take them to the vet for an examination. Your vet will likely:

  1. Take a full history and ask about any plants the cat may have access to
  2. Perform a physical exam to assess symptoms
  3. Run lab work such as bloodwork and urinalysis to check organ function
  4. Provide supportive care such as fluids and anti-nausea medication as needed

Most cats recover with basic treatment. For more information, see the ASPCA guide to Clusia rosea toxicity.

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FAQ

Q: Are cats allergic to Clusia Rosea?

A: Yes, cats can be allergic to Clusia Rosea. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include itching, sneezing, and skin irritation.

Q: Is Clusia Rosea toxic to cats?

A: Yes, Clusia Rosea is toxic to cats. Ingesting any part of this plant can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling.

Q: What are the symptoms of Clusia Rosea poisoning in cats?

A: Symptoms of Clusia Rosea poisoning in cats include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain. Immediate veterinary care is recommended if ingestion is suspected.

Q: How can I prevent my cat from coming into contact with Clusia Rosea?

A: To prevent contact, ensure that Clusia Rosea is not present in your home or garden. Keep your cat indoors or monitor outdoor activities closely to avoid exposure.

Q: What should I do if my cat ingests Clusia Rosea?

A: If your cat ingests Clusia Rosea, contact your veterinarian immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by a veterinary professional. Immediate medical attention is necessary.

Q: Is Clusia Rosea commonly found in gardens?

A: Yes, Clusia Rosea is commonly found in gardens and as an ornamental plant. It is important to ensure this plant is kept out of reach of cats to prevent accidental ingestion.

History of the Clusia Rosea

Clusia rosea was first described by botanist Nicolas von Jacquin in 1760. The genus Clusia is named after Charles de l’Écluse, a French botanist from the 16th century.

This plant has long been admired for its thick, leathery leaves that can be “autographed” by scratching the surface. It is commonly grown as an ornamental in tropical areas around the world.

Further reading and sources

Please note: The information shared in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as veterinary medical advice.

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