Audrey II has left the building…well, at least the home (see Everything is bigger here…). You see, Audrey II is a Spathiphyllum, more commonly known as a Peace Lily, and they are “mildly toxic” to cats. Of course it doesn’t say anything about that on the tag which offers plenty of other information about the plant, but I know to look online as what is green and alive in my house is always subject to digestion by a cat.
So I went to petplace.com and here is what they said about Audrey II:
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): Mildly toxic. Chewing on or ingesting can result in irritation of the mouth and throat. Drooling and vomiting may also occur.
Mildly toxic…hmmm…a modifier for toxicity (and here I thought toxic was fairly absolute). I guess the fact that it doesn’t cause certain death is reassuring, but the truth-be-told – they had me at vomiting. Not a fan of vomiting from furry friends or people – no stomach for it. No stomach for even the sound of it – no sir, no vomiting in my vicinity if I can avoid it.
And the lesser alternative – drooling – really? Yuck. Not my idea of a good time – a pet drooling on me – although winter is coming in a few months – my thrill meter may adjust downward.
So Audrey II had to be relocated to Putnam Hall where I work and take in the indirect sunlight there. Now all I have to worry about is hungry students nibbling on Audrey II. I better keep my candy dish stocked…one vomiting or drooling incident and poor Audrey II will be out on the street. Who knew life as a Peace Lily could be so complicated?
Day four hundred and fifteen of the new forty – obla di obla da