Chameleons are not toxic or poisonous to any of the living beings but they carry some parasites which may cause some diseases to cats and dogs when they eat the chameleon or any type of lizard.
Cats are very determined predators, and they eat chameleons. It feels sad when you notice your one pet harming the other. Chameleons are fragile pets; we have to protect them from other pets as well as from themselves.
Chameleons won’t get along with cat or dogs and with any other living beings. Their only friend is the nature, insects, rain, trees and plants.
What is the possible disease that may cause in Cats/Dogs as a result of eating chameleons?
Chameleon comes under the lizard family. Most of the lizards are not poisonous but carry parasites that may affect your cat/Dog.
The most common diseases that may cause for Cats/Dogs are:
- Liver Fluke
Symptoms of Liver Fluke:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Yellow eyes and skin
- Tender and swollen abdomen
Symptoms of Salmonella:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Appetite loss
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Rapid heart rate
When your pet ate some toxic lizard watch for these symptoms:
- Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
- Excessive thirst
- Weakness or lethargy
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Pale or yellow gums
- Nervousness or hyperactivity
- Muscle tremors or seizures
- Crossed eyes
- Erratic movement or walking
These symptoms won’t show right away. It may weeks or even a month to show these symptoms. Liver fluke is deadly to cats.
Harmful species for Cat/Dog to eat
- Gila monsters (found in the southwestern desert in the U.S.)
- Monitor lizards (found in the subtropics of Florida).
- Juvenile blue-tailed skinks, newts, and salamanders(found in North American)
- Gecko and toads carry liver flukes and other parasites that could seriously harm your cat.
- Cane toads (found in Australia)
- Mexican bearded lizard (found in western Mexico)
- Komodo Dragon or the Malayan (found in the Sunda Islands, located between Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia)
Does chameleon get along with your pet cat?
No, they won’t. Your chameleon would be delicious food for your cat. It is always a NO when it comes to chameleons and cats. You can either have a cat or chameleon but not both.
Does chameleon get along with your pet dog?
It depends on the character of your dog. If they are lovely and silent, then chameleons won’t have any problem with your dog. If they get along, you can make your chameleon on your dog’s back for a ride.
It is also dangerous because when your dog gets excited, there are many possibilities that, unknowingly, your dog may hurt your chameleon.
Does chameleon get along with other lizards?
No, chameleon won’t get along with any other species. One of the other ways your chameleon will end up as food, or your other lizard pet will end as food for your chameleon.
Does chameleon get along with other chameleons?
No, chameleons hate other chameleons except when it is springtime. Don’t house any male-male chameleon or female-male chameleon together. You can house two or more baby chameleons together for some time.
Can chameleons get along with any other species?
Sadly NO. Chameleons are a solitary species that loves peace and silence. If you have any other pets like dogs, geckos, bearded dragons, other reptiles, etc.., make sure that your chameleon cage is far away and at an appropriate height so that none of your pets can reach them.
Harmful foods for cats/dogs
- Alcoholic beverages
- Apple seeds
- Apricot pits
- Cherry pits
- Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
- Gum (can cause blockages and sugar-free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
- Hops (used in home beer brewing)
- Macadamia nuts
- Moldy foods
- Mushroom plants
- Mustard seeds
- Onions and onion powder
- Peach pits
- Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Rhubarb leaves
- Tea (because it contains caffeine)
- Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Xylitol (an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
- Yeast dough
Secure the chameleon cage from cats/dogs
Make sure that your chameleon cage is far away and at a fair height so that none of your pets can reach them.
Obviously, your pet cat will reach the cage wherever you keep the cage. That’s why it is not advised to keep a cat as a pet when you have a chameleon. Isolate your chameleon from other pets.
How do prevent birds from eating chameleon if the chameleon cage is outside?
Always put the chameleons in the screen cage when they are outside. This will prevent the birds like a sparrow, crow, etc.., to catch the chameleons.
How to prevent your Cat/Dog from eating lizards?
If you have a chameleon as your pet then avoid having another pet like Cat/Dog. This is the only way to protect your pet chameleon.
If you want to prevent your Cat/Dog from eating chameleon or from eating other lizards then monitor your pet completely when they are indoor. If you see any lizards, try to remove them from the house before your Cat/Dog sees them.
Keep an eye on your pet Cat/Dog when they are outdoor. Definitely, you can’t watch your cat when they are outdoor but you can watch your Dog. Practice the command “STAY” with your Dog and use it whenever they try to eat any kind of lizard.
When it comes to Cat don’t let them out, keep them close to you by this way you can avoid your cat from any kind of diseases as well as from eating anything toxic. Cats have very strong hunting instincts and so they hunt.
To satisfy their hunting instincts play games with your Cats like,
- Chase the “Prey”
- Run and Fetch
You can’t completely keep your Cats indoors. Though it is proven that the life span of indoor cats is more than the outdoor Cat. I would insist you take a walk with your cat or even take your cat to a ride in your car. In this way, they won’t feel bored and won’t try to escape from your house.
When you have a chameleon as your pet then don’t have a Cat/Dog as your pet. It is good for Chameleon as well as for the Cat/Dog. When you notice your Dog/Cat eating a lizard or chameleon it is better if you take your Cat/Dog to the Vet.