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Are poinsettia plants poisonous to cats?

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Poinsettia plants are toxic to cats; however, ingesting this plant is not life-threatening to cats and only causes mouth and stomach irritation. In some cases, ingestion of the plant causes vomiting. Poinsettias cause similar issues in dogs.

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Are poinsettia plants poisonous to cats?
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The myth of poinsettias being dangerously toxic arose from a rumor that a child in 1919 died after chewing on a leaf from the plant, according to About.com. In fact, there have been no substantiated claims of fatalities from the plant among pets and children, and fewer than 8 percent of subjects in a study from 1996 involving the ingestion of the plant reported any negative toxic effects.

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