Is Anthurium Safe for Cats?

Cats and certain plants don't mix. That includes anthurium, which causes considerable mouth and throat irritation if your cat consumes it. You might not know the name anthurium, as the plant is colloquially known as the flamingo flower or lily, the painter's pallet, the lace leaf, the pigtail plant, the oilcloth flower and the tail flower. If you have this plant in your home, give it to someone who doesn't have cats or dogs. Calcium oxalate crystals in the plant cause the reaction. If you suspect your cat has eaten any part of this plant, take him to the vet immediately.

Red Anthurium
Red anthurium flower.
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Anthurium Toxicity Symptoms

If Kitty samples anthurium, his mouth and tongue will soon hurt. You might notice him pawing at this face, drooling, meowing in pain or throwing up. In severe cases, he could develop breathing issues because his throat has swollen shut. Swelling of the lips and tongue usually occurs. Seek immediate veterinary care.