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Spider Plants and Cats

Have you ever found your cat tends to destroy Spider plants? Kitties are a bit curious when it comes to houseplants. Many of our feline friends will completely ignore certain plants, but seem to find others irresistible. More often than not, Spider plants fall into the latter category. A local Webster, NY vet discusses Fluffy’s attraction to this pretty houseplant below.

Basics

The Spider plant—or Chlorophytum comosum—is a very popular plant, likely at least in part because it’s so easy to grow. Even brown thumbs can keep these alive! It’s often used in hanging baskets, and is great at filtering the air.

Toxicity

The ASPCA has a full list of safe and unsafe plants online here. This is a great resource to refer to if you aren’t sure whether a specific plant is safe for your furry pal. Spider plants are listed as non-toxic, so you don’t need to get too worried if you find Fluffy gnawing on them.

Fluffy’s Attraction

Spider plants are considered safe for cats, but they are not necessarily safe from cats. As mentioned above, many kitties just can’t resist them! There’s actually a good reason for this. Spider plants contain chemicals that are similar to those found in opium. These substances have a mildly hallucinogenic effect on our feline pals. If you’ve ever noticed that Fluffy tends to look rather wide-eyed after eating these plants, well, now you know why.

Erring On The Side Of Caution

So, what do you do about your furry buddy’s obsession with destroying your Spider plants? The  plants won’t poison your furball, but there is a chance that Fluffy  could get an upset stomach if she eats too much. This could cause vomiting or diarrhea. Because the leaves are so long and slender, there’s also a mild possibility that she could choke. Our recommendation here is really just to hang the plants somewhere out of paws’ reach. You can also spray the leaves with a taste deterrent.

Keeping Kitty Purring

If your feline buddy likes munching on houseplants, she’d probably enjoy having fresh containers of wheat grass or cat grass. Catnip, of course, is also a good bet. Just don’t put heavy pots on sills or in spots where your pet could pull them down onto herself.

As your Webster, NY veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to keep your plant-destroying cat healthy and happy. Contact us anytime! 

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