- Mrs Grape
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
To make a long story short, Darling Husband brought home a plant the other day and forgot to research whether or not it’s cat-safe first (which we usually do). We assumed that because it’s a cycad (and spiky/tough), our cats would leave it alone. They explored around it for a while, and we scolded them when they tried to nibble the leaves, but had kept away from it for the rest of the night after that.
When we woke up this morning, a lot of the leaves had obviously been nommed on. We knew right away it was our ginger boy, who is very curious and stubborn–he does things his own way, in short. I went to work this morning and didn’t think anything of it; Darling Husband was supposed to work later in the day, so he stayed home. While I was out, he looked up the plant to make sure it wasn’t toxic. Unfortunately, Sago cycads are VERY toxic to most animals and humans, and symptoms tend to set in within 12 hours of ingestion. Once the cat starts to digest the plant, the survival rate drops to about 50%, from what we’ve read about it.
So, I somehow miraculously found a sub halfway through my shift and we took him to the doctor, where they gave him meds to induce vomiting and gave him charcoal as well. He’s still there (10 hours later) and will likely have to stay a couple more nights for observation. His behavior was fine, and his blood work and temperature were normal, but they want to be sure before they send him home.
I’m pretty sure he’ll be okay, and I know he’s in good hands, but we’re still extremely worried about him. Please keep him in your thoughts! 🙁 I miss him terribly already, and our second cat is wandering around the house looking for her buddy. Darling Husband keeps beating himself up for not looking up the plant first, but I told him, “Hey, it was a mistake. Out of all the plants that are non-toxic, you happened to randomly pick one that was super-toxic–and unmarked.” Which is also why I think if a plant is THAT toxic, there should be some sort of law that you have to label them before sale, imo. =/
Here’s our sassy, silly, wonderful boy: