Mother's Day is a wonderful day for celebrating mothers and women, and supporting florists everywhere. Nearly 70% of all Mother's Day gifts are flowers, with Americans spending over $2.4 billion per year on flowers for Mother's Day.
This is great news for the flowers industry, but not as great for cats. Many people know that certain houseplants are poisonous to cats, but did you know that many commonly gifted flowers are also poisonous to cats?
In fact, many of the most common Mother's Day flowers are toxic to cats if ingested. And we know cats love to taste everything! This Mother's Day, consider if the recipient of your bouquet has a cat to worry about, and gift accordingly. If you are the recipient, check against this list if the flowers are safe for your cat to nom on, or just keep them in a safe place far from curious kitties.
Carnations, lilies, and tulips are among the most popular gift flowers, and they're all toxic to cats. So, which flowers are safe for cats? Among the most commonly gifted flowers for Mother's Day, these are cat-safe:
Roses are a classic, and they're safe for cats. Just make sure you stay away from hibiscus flowers, also known as the Rose of Sharon and Rose of China, which are known to cause vomiting in cats.
There is a wide variety of orchids available, from the popular leopard orchid to the dancing doll orchid. Luckily all of them are non-toxic to cats.
These delicate-looking flowers won't give your cat upset stomach if he stops to sniff - or rather, munch on - the flowers.
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Daisies from the families Anthemis and Erigeron are poisonous to cats, but gerberas are non-toxic. To be on the safe side, stick to the african daisy, the gerber daisy, and the barberton daisy.
5. Butterfly iris
Most irises are toxic to cats, but the butterfly iris is both beautiful and cat-friendly.
A unique-looking flower, the snapdragon and its various family members are all safe for cats.
If you really want your gift to stand out, you can always opt for some less common flowers, if you can find them at your florist's. Flowers like jasmine and ice plant make unique gifts that look (and smell) fantastic, and won't harm any cats who decide to taste them.
Cat-safe flowering plants
Sometimes a bouquet is not enough, and you want to get something a bit longer-lasting. A large number of the popular flowering plants bought for Mother's Day are toxic for cats (like chrysanthemums and azaleas). Instead of opting for flower pots, you can instead buy some potted herbs or mints (they're safe for cats and can be used fresh for cooking!), or any other cat-friendly plant.
Have a happy mother's day, and keep your kitties safe!
- by Yuliya