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Are Orchids Poisonous to Cats?

No, orchids are not poisonous to cats.

Orchids are plants that belong to the Orchidaceae family. Currently, there are about 28,000 accepted species, making it one of the largest flowering plant families. Orchids are easily recognized because of the unique appearance of their flowers. They have three sepals, three petals, and a three-chambered ovary.

According to ASPCA and PetMD, orchids are safe flowers for cats. The former states that the Phalaenopsis Orchid, in particular, is also non-toxic for dogs and horses. However, Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, reminds cat owners that “any plant material can cause mild stomach upset.” As such, you should keep orchids away from them. 

In addition to playing with the flower, your cat may be tempted to drink water from its vase. This may cause health problems if you add powdered fertiliser or other chemicals in the liquid. Plus, these containers may fall and break as your cat tries to access the water. Therefore, it’s best to place your orchids in hanging planters, wall mounts, or any other area your cats don’t have access to.  

What to do if your cat accidentally eats an orchid:

Your cat may display gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Let your vet know about your cat’s symptoms, and get advice on what to do next.

In summary:

All kinds of orchids may peacefully coexist with your furry feline. Just make sure you grow the flower in an area that she cannot easily reach, as she may get tempted to play with its delicate blooms or munch on its leaves. 

Aside from orchids, discover which plants and flowers are pet-safe by reviewing these lists from ASPCA, PetMD, and Pet Poison Hotline. Plus, find out ways on how you can cat-proof your indoor plants by reading this article

References:

Orchid – Wikipedia

Which Flowers and Plants Are Safe for Cats?

Phalaenopsis Orchid | ASPCA

Are Orchids Poisonous to Cats?



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