Are you fond of keeping cats and at the same time like gardening? Are you keeping a pet cat already? Should you let your cat have complete freedom on a houseplant? Why do these cats find those long, thin leaves and hanging spider plant leaves so interesting? And how can you keep a kitten away from your spider plant? In this blog post, we will discuss everything that you need to know about spider plants and cats and also if spider plants are toxic to cats.
Spider Plant Information on Cats
A spider plant is the most common house plant. It may reach a width of 2 to 21/2 feet and a length of 2 or 3 feet when grown in a hanging basket. It has grassy leaves which might be a reason why so many cats love it. It also contains addictive chemical compounds within itself, which might explain why cat’s cannot get over it. The leaves may come in white, green and yellow colours.
A Perfect Relationship
Despite the fact that spider plants are safe for cats, allowing your pet cats to consume too much of this green treat is not suggested, either for your cat’s stomach or for the health of your houseplant. So instead of keeping your plant out of cat’s reach, give your cat some grass to play with.
Spiders plants and cats
A Spider plant is a popular houseplant. When it comes to the relationship between spider plants and cats, there’s no doubt that cats are always attracted to this houseplant. So what exactly is going on here? Is there a perfume that attracts cats to the spider plants? Why are the cats eating leaves of the houseplant?
While the plant emits a sweet smell that is hardly noticeable, it does not seem to attract them. Perhaps it’s because cats are just naturally drawn to dangly objects, and the cat is drawn to the plant’s hanging leaves or perhaps cats are attracted to the spider plants out of boredom. Both are logical reasons and both are somewhat correct, but they aren’t the only reason for this strange attraction.
Cats like spider plants because they are somewhat hallucinogenic. Yes, that’s correct. Spider plants produce chemicals that influence cats’ addictive behavior and attraction.
Spider plant toxicity
You might have heard of the hallucinogenic properties found in spider plants. Studies have proven that spider plants cause a mild hallucinogenic effect on cats, however, according to some sources spider plants are safe for cats. In fact, the spider plant is described as non-toxic to cats and other animals on the ASPCA website along with other educational sites. Nonetheless, cats eating spider plant leaves can still be considered dangerous
We can consider spider plants to be safe for cats but chemical compounds found in spider plants are believed to be addictive. Even though they are harmless they can still cause stomach distress, vomiting, and diarrhea as well. For this reason, we advise you to keep your cats away from spider plants. Just like humans, every cat is different, what affects one may not affect the other or react in a different way.
Spider Plant Poisonous to Cats
Do you think that spider plants are poisonous to cats? Fortunately, no they are harmless. According to ASPCA, spider plants are not dangerous to cats and dogs. While there have been no reports of spider plant toxic properties.
Keeping Cats from Spider Plants
If your cat likes to eat plants then there are certain things you can do to keep them away from spider plants.
- Because spider plants are commonly found in hanging baskets, just put them at higher places out of your cat’s reach. This means keeping them away from the areas the cat likes to climb like low shelves and furniture.
- If you don’t have a higher place to hang your plant, simply spray the leaves with a bitter tasting repellent. Cannot assure this but it might work because cats avoid plants that have a poor flavours
- If your spider plant leaves have grown to the extent that they are within reach of the cat, you may need to cut them short or divide accordingly.
- Finally, if your cat feels the need to eat on those leaves, try growing some indoor grass for them to enjoy.
What symptoms do Spider plants cause in cats?
- The most obvious sign that your cat enjoys chewing on the spider plant is its wild and jumpy behaviour.
- Because cats enjoy the plant’s moderate hallucinogenic effect, it puts them at the risk of taking too much.
- If you see loose or watery excretions in your cat’s litter box, it’s definitely an indication of something serious.
- Your cat may get ill if it consumes too many spider plants.
- Nausea, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhoea are a few symptoms caused by the chemical compounds present in the spider plant.
Since cats are really attracted to spider plants, they are harmless, however, if taken too much can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach distress in cats. Spider plants and cats have a perfect relationship as stated above. Additionally, spider plants can somehow be toxic since it has some addictive chemicals within themselves. So if you have a pet cat at your house, never forget to consider the points mentioned above in order to maintain your cat’s safety.