Lilies and cats

Mark Mazer via pbs
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 12:52:36 PDT
" the susceptibility of guinea fowl
to cats -- presumably these are the chicks,"

Yup. It's the keets that disappear soon after hatching although snakes and
the hawks are also problematic. Adults are taken mainly by coyotes and the
rare bobcat.


On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM Jane McGary via pbs <> wrote:

> I agree that the belief that garden plants are likely to kill pets is
> much overblown. Since settling in a temperate climate, I've grown
> hundreds of more or less toxic plants in situations where my dogs
> (Alaskan Malamutes) could get at them. Malamutes are notably omnivorous,
> foraging for both wild and cultivated fruits and vegetables, but mine
> never ate a toxic plant, except when a recently acquired bitch took a
> paper bag of colchicum corms and ate some. I caught her at it and got
> her to the vet for treatment immediately, with no ill effects except
> that she then threw up some activated charcoal onto an Ardebil rug. I
> suspect she had been used to observing treats in bags. It is possible,
> however, that some extremely selected dog breeds lack good instincts
> about what they eat, and as Garak wrote, unhappily confined animals can
> develop eating disorders.
> On the other hand, human children are well known to ingest toxic plant
> materials. I warned a neighbor with young children about the deadly
> nightshade in her yard, and she had me come over and identify other
> toxic plants. In communities living closer to the natural world, mothers
> teach their children what not to consume.
> I was amused by Mark's note mentioning the susceptibility of guinea fowl
> to cats -- presumably these are the chicks, as the adults fly well, and
> they will come over your fence and eat your vegetable garden! At least
> they don't scream like peacocks, nor can they eat a whole broccoli plant
> in one bite, as moose do. You think you have trouble with deer? Try a
> vegetable garden in Alaska.
> Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA
> On 6/28/2020 10:39 AM, Mark Mazer via pbs wrote:
> > Unfortunately, here on the farm, feral and outdoor cats prove devastating
> > to ground nesting birds, mainly quail and killdeer (and our guinea fowl).
> > It goes in cycles: birds, then cats, then coyotes, and finally the local
> > deer hunters come and eliminate the coyotes. Rinse, repeat.
> >
> >
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