Happy #Caturday chubby-plant lovers !
Cats and plants are too cute together, but Holly the cat and I are here with a message today to make sure you watch how your fur-babies interact with your plant-babies indoors or out! While most species of succulent don't pose a threat to humans at all, many, many varieties of succulents are toxic to cats and dogs, some with fatal effects. The worst offenders are that of the Euphorbia family, like Firesticks or our #SucculentOfTheWeek this week, Crown of Thorns. These plants feature a sticky, white sap that can be deadly even in small doses to cats and dogs, while only being mild to moderately irritating to humans, causing rashes and pain no worse than a sunburn. Always be careful with Euphorbias and rinse them thoroughly after taking a cutting, or encountering damage allowing the sap to flow. Rinse until the white sap stops running, and rinse down the entire surrounding area so as to avoid leaving any puddles of the toxic sap. Many Kalenchoes are also toxic to small animals, although less so than Euphorbias, causing discomfort, and gastrointestinal distress that should pass in a day or two, as long as they were only ingested in a small dose. If you find that your pet has eaten one of your succulents, stay calm and Google the toxicity of that particular plant. In some cases, hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting, but if your pet has eaten a Euphorbia or a Kalenchoe please remain calm and contact your local pet hospital or emergency pet clinic immediately .
Today's post features Holly standing in front of Gasteria Carinata, Disocactus Ackermanni, Kalenchoe Fedtschenkoi, and Aloe Vera in my little back garden. Don't forget to share all your favorite plant pictures with us for a chance to win a FREE succulent every month! Post using #ChubbyPlantPeople, tag us, or message us here! If your photo is selected to be featured you will be entered into a monthly raffle (the 30th of each month) for a chance to win a small rooted succulent or cutting as a thank you!