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Are cats allergic to Fleabane or is it toxic to them?

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Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus), also known as showy daisyhorseweed, or seaside daisy, is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family that is native to North America.

While this pretty wildflower with daisy-like blooms can be a lovely addition to gardens, cat owners should be aware that fleabane is mildly toxic to cats.

Toxicity level

Low

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Symptoms your cat may have

If your cat has eaten part of a fleabane plant, watch for these signs of mild toxicity:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash or irritation

Most cats will only experience minor discomfort, but it’s always best to contact your veterinarian if you suspect your cat has ingested a potentially harmful plant.

Potential diagnosis your Vet may give

Your vet will likely diagnose fleabane toxicity based on:

  1. Examining your cat’s mouth and skin for irritation
  2. Noting any gastrointestinal symptoms
  3. Identifying the ingested plant if a sample is available

Treatment is typically supportive, including removing any remaining plant matter from the mouth, skin, or fur, and controlling vomiting and diarrhea. In most cases, cats recover quickly with no lasting effects.

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FAQ

Q: Are cats allergic to Fleabane?

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

Q: Is Fleabane toxic to cats?

A: Yes, Fleabane, also known as Erigeron, 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 Fleabane poisoning in cats?

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

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

A: To prevent contact, ensure that Fleabane 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 Fleabane?

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

Q: Is Fleabane commonly found in gardens?

A: Fleabane is more commonly found in wild areas and along roadsides rather than home gardens. However, if you do have this plant in your vicinity, it is important to ensure it is kept out of reach of cats to prevent accidental ingestion.

History of Fleabane

Fleabane gets its common name from traditional use as an insect repellent, especially for fleas. However, there is little evidence it is effective for this purpose.

The genus name Erigeron means “old man in spring,” referring to the plant’s hairy stems and early flowering time. Native Americans used fleabane medicinally as an astringent and diuretic.

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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