Switching type of milkweed used

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Switching type of milkweed used

Postby stacey16 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:08 am

Forgot how much they eat at the end! If I run out of healthy swamp milkweed could I switch the cats to common milkweed? Do you have to wait til they shed to change milkweed types?
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Re: Switching type of milkweed used

Postby blazing star » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:22 am

I know of no issues with switching milkweed types though my friend here is afraid to use common milkweed on young cats thinking the sap could gum up their mandibles. I have only used common and have never had an issue with this except this year we think one cat's manibles were gummed. He had to be euthanized. I do use the tender little leaves at the top of the common plant for the little cats and the huge harder leaves for the big cats.
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Re: Switching type of milkweed used

Postby stacey16 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:15 pm

I never knew that could happen. Do they have a preference for younger plants?
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Re: Switching type of milkweed used

Postby blazing star » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:30 pm

I try to give the baby cats the tender leaves from the top of the plant and the larger, tougher leaves to the larger cats but I have no idea if there is any validity for this.
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