This question was asked by others but I would like a definitive answer from someone who knows. Maybe a veternarian or vetinary student? My cat likes the red rose petals (Lincoln Roses) from our garden. Ok for the cat to eat, yes or no? And why?
Is it ok for a cat to eat rose petals?
Your cat can still enjoy the rose petals...and clover, too! Our cats loved our rose garden, but would only eat the botton flowers, so we didnt' mind. We even planted extra for them! I worked as a volunteer to ASPCA for many years. It is okay!
Reply:NO!!! Your cat is going to die a slow, yet horrible death!!! Just Kidding. The cat will be fine.
Reply:Most of us are surrounded by plants, both wild and cultivated, in our homes and gardens and come to no harm. However, a small percentage of these plants have the potential to cause harm to ourselves and our cats.
Who is at risk ?
Most cats are fastidious creatures and are careful what they eat. Poisoning in cats is therefore generally rare. It is the young, inquisitive cat or kitten that is most at risk of eating harmful plants, particularly household ones. Boredom also has a part to play. When a cat is confined to a run or lives entirely indoors hazardous plants should be removed from its environment. Cats given free access to the outside world tend to have other things to occupy their minds than sampling unfamiliar vegetation. But even free roaming adult cats may accidentally ingest needles or seeds that have become entangled in their coat during grooming.
Cats don't eat plants !
All plants, even grass, can have an irritating effect on a cat's gastrointestinal system causing them to vomit. But, given the opportunity, cats like to nibble on grass. When not available their attention may turn to often less suitable household plants. Tender plants are generally a favourite. Particularly dangerous is Diffenbachia (dumb cane).
Remove all potentially hazardous household plants to prevent unnecessary exposure. This is especially important for kittens or cats kept indoors. A list of plants that are unsuitable to grow in a house with cats is given below.
Outdoors the story is not so simple. Free roaming cats have access to many gardens so it will be impossible to prevent all possible contact with potentially harmful plants. You can however remove the most toxic plants from your garden and make a note of any in your neighbour's gardens that are potentially dangerous. List common and Latin names. This list may help your vet if poisoning is suspected.
You can also ensure that any new additions to the garden are safe. The Horticultural Trade Association has a code of practice for its members and most garden centres and nurseries label plants that are toxic or cause skin reactions. Plants are grouped into three categories: A Poisonous; B Toxic if eaten; and C Harmful if eaten. You are unlikely to find a category A plant on sale - Poison Ivy being one example. Category B plants should be avoided. After gardening, never leave hedge clippings or uprooted plants near pets. Their novelty value may encourage inquisitive chewing. Sap from damaged stems can cause skin irritation as well as being poisonous. Bulbs, rhizomes and roots can be the most hazardous parts of some plants.
The following is a fairly comprehensive list of plants that are potentially poisonous or harmful to your cat when eaten. Contact with some of the plants listed may be sufficient to cause skin irritation (marked *) It is often the fruit or seeds of plants that are potentially harmful. Many of us are already familiar with plants that carry really toxic berries such as Deadly Nightshade. Only a small quantity of these need to be eaten for a fatal result. Other plants in the list may come as a surprise - Daffodils for example. Here, however, it is the bulb that causes harm if ingested.
The fact that the list contains some very common plants should not be cause for concern. Most of these potentially harmful plants taste bad and are unlikely to be eaten in sufficient quantities to cause permanent damage. Woody garden plants are also unlikely to be eaten by your cat - tender household plants pose most risk.
Castor Oil Plant, see Ricinus
Christmas Cherry, see Solanum
Chrysanthemum, see Dendranthema
Croton, see Codiaeum
Dumb cane, see Dieffenbachia
Devil's Ivy, see Epipremnum aureum
Elephant's Ear, see Alocasia, Caladium
Holly, see Ilex
Ivy, see Hedera
Mistletoe, see Viscum
Oleander see Nerium
Poinsettia, see Euphorbia
Star of Bethlehem, see Ornithogalum umbellatum
Umbrella Plant, see Schefflera
Zebra Plant, see Aphelandra
Angel's Trumpets, see Brugmansia
Angel Wings, see Caladium
Apricot, see Prunus armeniaca
Avocado, see Persea americana
Azalea, see Rhododendron
Baneberry, see Actaea
Bird of Paradise, see Strelitzia
Black-eyed Susan, see Thunbergia
Bloodroot, see Sanguinaria
Box, see Buxus
Broom, see Cytisus
Buckthorn, see Rhamnus
Burning Bush, see Dictamnus
Buttercup, see Ranunculus
Cherry Laurel see Prunus laurocerasus
Chincherinchee see Ornithogalum
Chrysanthemum see Dendranthema
Columbine see Aquilegia
Corncockle, see Agrostemma githago
Cornflower, see Centaurea cyanus
Crocus, see Colchicum
x Cupressocyparis leylandii *
Daffodil, see Narcissus
Elder, see Sambucus
False acacia, see Robinia
Flax see Linum
Frangula see Rhamnus
Foxglove see Digitalis
Four o'clock: see Mirabilis jalapa
Giant Hog Weed, see Heracleum mantegazzianum
Glory Lily see Gloriosa
Hemlock, see Conium
Henbane, see Hyoscyamus
Holly, see Ilex
Horse-chestnut, see Aesculus
Ivy, see Hedera
Larkspur, see Delphinium
Lily of the Valley, see Convallaria
Lobelia (except bedding Lobelia) *
Lords and Ladies (Cuckoo pint), see Arum
Madagascar periwinkle, see Catharanthus
Marigold, see Tagetes
Monkswood, see Aconitum
Morning Glory, see Ipomoea
Nightshade, deadly, see Atropa
Nightshade, woody, see Solanum
Oak, see Quercus
Onion, see Allium
Peach, see Prunus persica
Peony, see Paeonia
Pokeweed, see Phytolacca
Poppy, see Papaver
Primula obconica *
Privet see Ligustrum
Rhamus (including R.frangula)
Rosary pea, see Abrus precatorius
Rubber plant, see Ficus
Rue, see Ruta
Skunk cabbage, see Lysichiton
Snowdrop, see Galanthus
Solomon's seal, see Polygonatum
Spindle Tree, see Euonymus
Spurge, see Euphorbia
Sumach, see Rhus
Sweet pea, see Lathyrus
Tobacco, see Nicotiana
Tomato, see Lycopersicon
Thornapple, see Datura
Yew, see Taxus
* Contact with these plants may be sufficient to cause skin irritation
Roses are not on this long list of toxic plants.
Reply:No is not good for your cat to eat rose petals as it could kill him or do some serious damage to your cat. I would do everything that I could to stop him from doing so.
Reply:If the petals are plastic no.But if its real petals then your cat needs vitamins.
Reply:It wont hurt the cat but there are some that will harm the cat such as Pointsetters