Peanut butter is a popular treat given to dogs to hide medication, as a treat or reward. But can cats eat peanut butter and is it safe? Cats can eat peanut butter but should only be given in small quantities but most cats don’t find it as appealing as their canine counterparts. If you do have a cat who likes peanut butter, a small amount won’t do him or her any harm, but it should only be given in very limited quantities.
Is peace lily toxic to cats?
Peace lily is toxic to cats. The toxic property is insoluble calcium oxalate crystals which are located within the tissue of the plant. Many plant species contain calcium oxalate crystals which are bundled together (known as raphides) which protect the plant from herbivores. These needle-like crystals penetrate the mouth and throat (pharynx) when they are chewed causing intense pain.
A cat fight can develop between cats who share a home (inter-cat aggression) or between cats outside squabbling over territory or females. Two (or more) cats fighting can be an alarming sight and one which has the potential to cause injury to the fighting cats as well as well-meaning people who try to break up … Read more
Can cats eat rice?
Yes, cats can eat rice. Rice is the most important food crop in the developing world and a staple food throughout the globe. Veterinarians routinely recommend white rice as a part of a bland diet for cats recovering from gastrointestinal disorders because it is easy to digest.
When to feed a cat rice
Cats are obligate carnivores and must consume meat in their diet to obtain essential nutrients which their body cannot produce. When feeding rice as a treat, rice (and other treats) should make up no more than 10% of a cat’s diet as they are not nutritionally complete and contribute to extra calories which can lead to weight gain over time.
Your cat’s veterinarian may recommend rice as a part of a bland diet for cats with acute gastrointestinal inflammation or infection, pancreatitis, gastric ulcers, during chemotherapy and post-surgery (especially involving the GI tract). Depending on the veterinarian’s instructions, this may be fed alone, or with chicken breast.
Chinese evergreen is toxic to cats. The toxic principle is insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, which are needle-like crystals present in the tissue of the plant as a defensive mechanism from consumption by insect herbivores.
Insoluble calcium oxalate crystals are organised in bundles known as raphides when the cat chews or bites the plant, calcium oxalate crystals penetrate the oral tissue leading to intense pain, burning and irritation of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract. In rare cases, upper airway swelling can lead to breathing difficulty.
- Family: Araceae
- Botanical name: Aglaonema spp.
- Common names: Chinese evergreen, Philippine evergreen, Poison dart plant, Diamond bay, Emerald bay, Moonlight bay, Stripes
- Toxicity: Toxic to cats, dogs and horses
- Toxic parts: All parts
- Severity: Mild to moderate
- Toxic properties: Insoluble calcium oxalates
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema spp.) is a herbaceous perennial which is native to China. The plant is popular as an indoor plant due to its variety of patterned leaves which vary between the 24 Aglaonema species.