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jsm024
Nov 27, 2017 11:51 AM CST
Hello, I currently need assistance in identifying a certain plant. My cat is very sick with kidney failure and she is at the vet. I would personally like to know if this plant is the culprit, due to her past experience of chewing and eating this plant occasionally. I will ask my vet once I know the name, thank you in advance.
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greene
Nov 27, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Your plant appears to be a Pothos.
I doubt that it would be the cause of kidney failure. A cat chewing on the plant would more likely experience irritation of the mouth, tongue, gums, etc. There are many things around the house and garden that can lead to feline renal problems. Good luck and I hope the vet can help.
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2017 12:10 PM CST
jsmo24, Welcome!

I am so very sorry to hear about your kitty. Many plants have different levels of toxicity to both canines and felines.The plant in your photo is a variety of Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and sadly, the plant does have toxic qualities but if your kitty ate this plant it probably would have shown some of the symptoms listed here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

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DaisyI
Nov 27, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Calcium oxalates (the 'toxic part of Pothos) will make it difficult to swallow but won't cause kidney failure.

Do you have anything in the lily family in your house or garden? Autumn Crocus will also cause kidney damage but lilies are the big one.

PS: Canna lilies, Calla lilies and Peace lilies don't count.
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