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Are roses toxic to cats?

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Some rose species are toxic to cats such as the desert rose, Christmas rose, Easter rose, China rose, rose of Sharon (hibiscus) and moss rose, while other rose species are non-toxic to cats such as the copper rose, dwarf rose-stripe star and the standard rose. The ASPCA offers a toxic and non-toxic plant list for concerned owners.

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In addition to toxins in flowers and plants, there are many other toxic items for cats including human food. The Animal Poison Control Center warns cat owners that apricot, avocado, bread dough, caffeine, cherries, chocolate, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts, mushrooms and onions are all toxic to pets. Pets who have ingested toxic plants or toxic food should be brought into their veterinarian immediately for treatment.

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