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9th
March
2021

Pet-safe Mother’s Day gift ideas

Pet-safe Mother’s Day gift ideas

With Mother’s Day around the corner, you might be looking for inspiration on what to buy for some of the fantastic women in your life. When looking for gifts of appreciation, it’s important to consider any nosy pets that might show an interest in a beautiful bouquet or the delicious box of chocolate that’s just arrived.

What Mother’s Day gifts should I avoid for people with pets?

Making sure your Mother’s Day gifts are pet-friendly can help make sure that your mum, nan, aunt, sister or even a friend enjoy a stress-free Sunday knowing their cat or dog is happy, healthy and safe.

Here are some things to avoid buying for any pet-parents.

Poisonous plants

If you are thinking of ordering some flowers or looking to add to their houseplant collection, you will need to make sure that you avoid buying any harmful plants. While they might not be toxic to humans, some of the most popular flowers are poisonous to cats and dogs.

  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb cane
  • Ferns
  • Gladioli
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Monstera deliciousa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
  • Poinsettias
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tulip

The list of plants to avoid with pets does vary between cats and dogs so be sure to double-check before buying the first bunch you see.

Cat-friendly bouquet

There are several different flowers or plants that are perfectly safe for a cat to be around. Using these cat-friendly flowers, you’ll be able to build a beautiful bouquet perfect for gifting on Mother’s Day.

These include:

  • Erica
  • Freesia
  • Genista
  • Snapdragons
  • Stocks
  • Thornless roses
  • Veronica
Dog-friendly bouquet

If you’re looking to create a bouquet free of any harmful flowers for a dog owner, then you’ll be able to use the following stems:

  • Astilbe
  • Erica
  • Freesia
  • Greenbell
  • Limonium
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Scabiosa
  • Snapdragons
  • Sunflowers
  • Veronica

If you are unsure of what to add to your bouquet, try speaking to a local florist as more and more shops sell pet-safe flowers for such special occasions.

Chocolate

Chocolate is also harmful to our feline friends and canine companions, so if you’re thinking of buying a box or two for someone this Mother’s Day there are a few things to consider before you do.

  • Posting chocolate – if you are planning on buying a treat online for it to be sent to the recipient’s door on the special day, ask to see if your friend has a postal cage that will help keep the pets safe from harm.
  • Letting them know – while you don’t have to spoil the gift, letting the recipient know that the present could be harmful to their pet will allow them to keep it well out of paws’ way.
  • Buy some extra treats – if you don’t want your recipient’s furry companion missing out, then why not buy some pet-friendly chocolate for them to enjoy, too?

What are the signs of poisoning in cats and dogs?

Even with best intentions, our pets can sometimes ingest something toxic to them. Here are a few signs of poisoning in cats and dogs:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Drooling
  • Seizures

If you suspect that your cat or dog has managed to eat some poisonous plants, flowers or chocolate then contact your vet right away.

Even plants that aren’t pet-friendly or gifts of chocolate can still be enjoyed as long as extra measures are taken to keep them away from any pets.

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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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