Is Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Delicosa) Toxic To Cats?

Is Monstera delicosa toxic to cats?

Is Swiss cheese plant toxic to cats?

Swiss cheese plant (Monstera delicosa) is toxic to cats. The toxic principle is insoluble calcium oxalate crystals which penetrate the oral mucosa causing intense pain and burning. Calcium oxalate crystals are produced by specialised cells known as idioblasts and are arranged in bundles known as raphides. They act as a defensive mechanism against plant-eating animals.

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What Are Toe Beans?

What are toe beans?

Toe beans are the soft paw pads located on the underside of the cat’s paws. The name toe beans relates to the similarity between the cat’s paws and jelly beans. The origins of the phrase toe beans is unknown, but cat lovers and internet users have been using this endearing term for several years now.

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Can Cats Eat Almonds?

Can cats eat almonds?

Yes, cats can eat sweet almonds, which are the most widely available type of almond. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, fibre, protein, vitamin E and magnesium. A cat on a complete and balanced diet will get all the nutrients he or she needs, so there is no nutritional need to feed almonds. But, if the cat likes them, one or two sweet almonds won’t hurt, unless medically contraindicated.

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My Cat Has Worms – How Do I Clean the House?

Worms are a common parasite that almost all cats will experience at some point in their lifetime. The most prevalent intestinal worms to infect cats are roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. These parasitic worms live in the gastrointestinal tract where they feed on nutrients that pass through the cat or in the case of hookworms, they attach to the intestinal wall and feed on the cat’s blood.

Intestinal worms carry the risk of zoonotic disease, that is, they can potentially infect humans.

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Is Portulaca Toxic to Cats?

Is portulaca toxic to cats? 

Portulaca is toxic to cats. The toxic principle is soluble oxalic acid which is rapidly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and binds to systemic calcium causing blood calcium levels to drop suddenly (acute hypocalcemia) as well as the formation of insoluble calcium oxalate (CaOx) which accumulate in the renal tubules, leading to acute kidney failure.

Most cases of insoluble calcium oxalate ingestion occur in livestock that has a greater propensity to ingest large amounts of plant matter.

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What is a Black Tabby Cat?

What is a black tabby cat? 

A black tabby is a type of coat colour and pattern combination that consists of melanistic black stripes, sworls or spots on a lighter banded (ticked) ground colour. The face of the black tabby cats consists of an M on the forehead as well as thin pencil lines on the cheeks. 

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Deafness in White Cats

Deafness in white cats with blue eyes is a form of congenital deafness medically known as unilateral or bilateral congenital sensorineural deafness. Dominant (epistatic) white is a masking gene that overrides all other coat colours and is symbolised with the letters WD. Affected cats could have an underlying coat colour, but the WD gene completely suppresses its expression resulting in white fur.

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