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What plant is this?

It is Caulerpa algae, although it has roots, stems and leaves (may be C. prolifera or C. floridiana). Tangs, Moorish Idols and other fish eat it. It grew very vigorously in my aquariums and so can ...
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Can I add soda water to my tank to supply CO₂ for my plants?

Soda water uses carbonic acid to produce CO2 so in theory it should work, but it is not that easy: carbonic acid is as the name says an acid, and any type of acid will lower the water's pH too fast ...
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Cat ate small amounts of dried daffodil flower, should I be worried?

Why take the risk? You might be right that the amount of daffodil consumed is small enough that it won't affect the cat but on the other hand, you might not. The red flag for me is the throwing up ...
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What, if any, are the risks to a cat that ingests urushiol?

As trond hansen already posted in his link: Cats generally do not have allergic reactions to poison ivy. But hairless cats or cats with very hort hair, as well as cats with areas of exposed skin can ...
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problems when a cat eats cucumber leaves?

Tomato and pepper are in the Nightshade family and toxic, so I'd worry about those, but he can probably tell. I believe cucumber is safe. Many cats enjoy nibbling selected plants. Adding fiber to ...
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Plant for cat to eat that she won't vomit?

Chlorophytum for one. There are more, way more. But this one is quite safe, or as safe as green stuff is going to be for carnivores. And then there is "cat grass". That seems to be a combination of ...
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Can roadside plants absorb pollution that makes them unsafe for small animals?

Absolutely, yes they can. Lead could a problem roadside (soil could be contaminated from the the days when leaded gas was available). Not sure how much you should be concerned as there appear to be ...
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Aloe Vera and Cats

a) All the sources I've read talk about cats ingesting or nibbling on aloe vera, so there is likely no danger to them touching or inhaling its odor. As for the safety factor, you'd probably have to ...
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Could you add catnip to cat food (canned or dry) to get my cats to eat it?

Cats are very good at picking out what they do and don't like in food, you may not have much luck with catnip. Cats rely mostly on smell and texture, taste is also a factor but it's very low on the ...
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Plants for cat dental health?

You have a few options: 1) Greenies 2) C.E.T Oral hygene chews for cats 3) RC Dental diet or Hills T/D (note for cats we like for them to have a good amount of wet food in their diet). 4) ...
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Can I add soda water to my tank to supply CO₂ for my plants?

First we need to clarify, what is exactly in the bottled water: To make it sparkle, the companies add CO2 gas. (In some dwells this gas was taken by the water, when dropping through the different ...
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Plants suitable/safe for a hamster?

I do know very little about hamsters but i know dandelions and cat grass/wheat grass is safe for hamsters. I found this information on the net http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/...
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What house plants do cats hate?

It's unclear if you want a plant the cat will not eat, or a plant that keeps the cat from that specific area. But here's some tips that might help: This is a tricky one. It will really depend on the ...
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How to stop cats from eating toxic plants?

Is there any way to keep indoor houseplants, and be certain that they are inaccessible to cats? Yes, but it depends on the specifics of your home and how agile your cats are. F.e. you can have pots ...
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Plants for cat dental health?

Yes - meat :D Seriously though, cats are naturally carnivorous and don't really chew as much as slice (but thats being a bit pedantic) in order to keep their teeth clean. Eating grass/plant matter ...
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What makes lilies toxic to cats?

The webmind says "What makes lilies poisonous is still unknown, but it is known that the toxin is soluble in water and deadly. Cats suffer from kidney failure after ingesting even tiny amounts of this ...
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Are these ivy berries poisonous to my guinea pig?

It looks to me like you have English Ivy (Hedera helix L.). From the National Park Service: The leaves and berries of English ivy contain the glycoside hederin which may cause toxicosis if ...
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After using Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns how long before the grass is safe to eat?

Also answered here. 2,4-D: 10 days, up to 333 in wet areas. 2,4-D degrades fairly quickly in soils (half-life about 10 days for acid, salt and ester forms), with microbial degradation considered ...
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What plants should I not have around cats?

I would say, unless you know it is safe for cats assume it to be poisonous. Most of the plants we can eat and are good for us are actually poisonous to cats. Moreover, cats have no defenses to ...
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What plants should I not have around cats?

The ASPCA website has an exhaustive list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs, cats, and horses. The site identifies 399 different plant species that are toxic to cats. Most fruit trees appear to ...
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Cat ate small amounts of dried daffodil flower, should I be worried?

I called a vet and put up a webcam to be able to monitor him. The vet said over the phone that it's probably not a big deal since it came out pretty quickly and there was not much time for it to be ...
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How do I stop my cat from digging at and sleeping in our flower box?

You've got the right idea with trying to make the area unappealing, but unfortunately a spray isn't going to do much (the digging may in fact be at least partially in response to the spray, in an ...
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What common house/garden plants are dangerous to dogs and why?

There are many plants that can be harmful to your dog, as well as other pets, if ingested; with negative side effects that can even cause death. More than 700 plants contain toxic substances that ...
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Should I prevent my dog from eating grass?

No, don't keep it from doing that. Just watch what plants the dog picks (should be tall grass only) and try to determine the reason for this. Consider the eating and throwing up a symptom, not a ...
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How do I prepare store-bought plants for use in a terrarium?

The way to do this is to cut back the oldest leaves if it is possible. This depends on the type of plant you have. If this is impossible to do, you have to rinse it in cold water and fully submerge ...
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My aquarium plants' leaves are dying

You'll need to give your plants some fertilizer (I assume that's the word you didn't know). This site gives an overview of some symptoms and what might be missing then. Having a general/allround ...
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What makes lilies toxic to cats?

As Keshlam noted, the effect of some forms of lilies on the kidneys of cats is well known, but the reason for the toxicity is not. However, there are also many plants called lily and the toxicity can ...
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Aquarium filter... what's the order?

I assume you refer to fresh water. Nobody bothers with pH, KH and phosphate in fresh water. What matters (as far as the filter is concerned) is Physical cleaning (remove debris and particles) and The ...
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