Are Roses Toxic To Cats? Know Symptoms Of Rose Toxicity In Your Pet Cat

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Jan 24, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Oct 25, 2021
Fact-checked by Vikhaash Sundararaj
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Roses are bright flowers and favorites of many plant enthusiasts.

The cat is a very curious animal, they will jump on and smell anything that they find new in a garden. However, the curious nature of a cat might be a major reason for serious illnesses in them.

When you talk about pet-safe flowers, the one flower that will come to mind is the rose. Roses are safe and edible for both cats and dogs. These plants are widely known to be non-toxic and are found commonly in a garden with pets like dogs and cats. However, this is a fact only for true roses of the family Rosa. There are some flowers with rose as the suffix or prefix but in reality, they do not belong to the Rosa family of true rose. Few of them are poisonous to cats.

Apart from that, there are many also plants and flowers that can be extremely toxic to your cat. Therefore, to keep cats safe for future endeavors, a pet owner should spend some time knowing the types of plants suitable for your garden. It is also important to know the flowers poisonous to cats so that you can completely avoid them in your garden.

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What are the symptoms of pesticide toxicity in your cats?

While insecticides protect your beloved garden from the invasion of unwanted pests and insects, some insecticides just cannot be used if you have pets. Many insecticides used for treating ticks and fleas on dogs can turn out to be poisonous to cats. Even in the absence of dogs, some insecticides used for maintaining the lawn can also be dangerous and lethal to the cat species.

The most common way a cat can pick up toxic insecticides is with its paws. When they walk past a freshly prepared garden or when its owners bring the chemicals inside the house after walking on a prepared lawn the insecticide sticks to the paws of the lawn. If this insecticide enters the body of the cat somehow, then they may experience severe poisoning. If your cat shows common signs of insecticide poisoning then you must immediately visit a veterinarian for treatment.

Different species of cats react differently to falling sick. However, there are a few symptoms and signs that they may exhibit, which the poison enters their body. A kitty exposed to insecticides may experience nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mild ingestion, pupil dilation, tremors, seizures, and drooling. However, these signs may not always be related to insecticide poisoning, many other things can cause these problems in the animal. For this reason, it is better to take the advice of a veterinarian before diagnosing the symptoms of your pet on your own. The recovery process depends on the severity of the poisoning. Some cats recover fully after being exposed to poisonous insecticides while some suffer lifelong disabilities. In some severe cases, consuming insecticides might be the cause of death.

Are miniature roses toxic to cats?

The only thing that prevents you from planting the flowers of your choice is the safety of your pets. Fortunately, roses are not one of the toxic species.

Miniature roses are rose shrubs that belong to the family of true roses. A true rose does not have any poisoning effects on the bodies of pets like lilies and daffodils. So, they can be easily digested by cats without causing any intestinal problems. The prickly stem of the roses gets in the way of the consumption of the plants. Miniature roses have very sharp thorns which can cause much pain in the animals. So cats are observed to avoid these plants.

Are yellow rose bushes toxic to cats?

Keeping the bright-colored and sweet-scented rose bush in your garden can never go wrong unless you worry about your pet consuming the wrong flower. However, you are in luck since rose bushes, such as yellow bushes are not toxic to a cat or dog.

A cat munching on the petals, and leaves of yellow rose plants do not have any fatal effects on the cat. Overconsumption might lead to stomach upset in some cases. The flowers are not the problem while your pet is chewing on a rose plant. The insecticides used for maintaining the plants cause the actual fear of poisoning in pets.

Gray cat touching pink roses in glass vase at home

Are shrub roses toxic to cats?

Before wondering whether any type of rose is toxic to your cat, start by asking yourself if that particular flower belongs to the group of true roses or not. If the answer is yes, then it is not poisonous.

The shrub roses are no exception, these plants are a species of true roses. Therefore they are safe for animals, unlike lilies or azaleas. The prickly thorns on the stems of the plants prevent the flowers and leaves from predation. The thorns act as a mechanism of self-defense in these plants.

Are rose leaves and petals harmful to cats?

Rose plants have been identified as non-toxic plants to animals, therefore, all the parts related to them are naturally non-poisonous. You can plant these plants easily in your garden since they do not have any harmful effects on cats.

Both rose petals and leaves are safe for cats. The aroma of the rose petals has made them a renowned ingredient for many recipes. Similarly, the leaves also do not pose any threat to cats. If a cat feeds on one or two rose petals or leaves occasionally it will not cause any harm. However, in cases of overconsumption, diarrhea and vomiting tendencies are noticed.

Which flowers are toxic to cats?

Some common flowers and plants like lily, tulip, lily of the valley, daffodil, azalea and rhododendron, chrysanthemum, and peace lily are considered to be poisons for cats. Eating the toxic parts of the flowers can cause potential harm to the cat's health. A cat feeding on the pollen, flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of an unsafe plant causes body poisoning. Keeping your kitties busy with toys and activities prevents boredom and reduces the chances of wandering outside alongside harmful plants.

The degrees of harm caused in the animals by the ingestion of such plants varies from mild gastrointestinal problems to organ failures. These plants cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea as preliminary symptoms. Further infection can lead to respiratory failure, breathing troubles, drooling, irregular heartbeat, and very frequent urination. Such plants can also cause skin and eye diseases making them scratchy due to skin irritation, especially around the mouth. Just to be sure, take the cat to a veterinarian if you notice it eats an unknown flower or plants the next time.

There are seven types of flowers that have the name rose in them but is not actually a rose.

Helleborus niger or the Christmas rose is a type of evergreen perennial plant that blooms in December and plays a major part in Christmas and Easter decorations. They are also known as Easter roses or Lenten roses. Despite its uses in something holy, every part of the plant is poisonous. If cats taste a bit of this perennial plant, it might cause diarrhea and vomiting along with heavy salivation.

The desert rose (Adenium obesum) also known as the desert azalea or impala lily is a popular household shrub found in temperate regions. They are preserved by bonsai enthusiasts however, this might not be safe if you have a cat around. Desert roses are poisonous to cats. The sap of the plant is toxic to every animal, a single lick can cause the poison to flow in the body of the cat. Along with vomiting and diarrhea, this plant also causes irregular heartbeats in a cat.

Moss rose is a very hardy plant that can grow in the poorest soil conditions. They can tolerate very rough weather conditions like heat and drought. The moss rose sometimes is used as food items for humans but they are poisonous to cats. The leaves are the most toxic parts of the plants but the poison starts acting early, as soon as it reaches the body, which causes the cat to stop eating them.

The primrose is an example of a non-fatal flower but it makes the kitty feel uneasy on consumption and leaves them with an upset stomach.

The rosebays of the rhododendron genus is a very toxic plant that must be kept away from the reach of pets. In their native language, the meaning of the flowers translates to beware. The flowers are not the actual dangerous parts of the plant but if the cats eat the leaves they need immediate treatment from a veterinarian.

The rose of Sharon is another non-rose plant that is poisonous to cats. Even though the beautiful white, lavender or pink flowers look attractive, they are not suitable for a kitty. It can cause seizures and disorientation in cats and treatment is required if they eat one.

Finally, while the smell of rosemary plants adds a woodsy scent and flavor to our favorite meals, the cats do not seem to enjoy the smell much. They are also difficult to ingest for a cat causing vomiting tendencies.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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