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Are Ladies Ear Drops Toxic For Cats?

Are Ladies Ear Drops Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, Ladies Ear Drops are not poisonous to cats. They are stunning, exotic plants that you can grow safely inside or outside. There is no need to be alarmed if your cat displays an interest in nibbling on leaves, flowers, or berries.

Ladies Ear Drops, in fact, are included among the nontoxic plants for cats by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Can Cats Eat Ladies Ear Drops?

There is no health danger associated with ladies ear drops for cats. She won’t suffer any harm if she eats the flower, leaf, or stem. Because the flowers and berries are so nutritious, cats can eat them.

If a cat decides to eat it, this plant not only provides lovely flowers but also a nice, wholesome meal. The pods that are left over after the flower blooms are actually edible berries. Antioxidants, Vitamin C, and other beneficial nutrients are abundant in the berries.

What are Ladies Ear Drops?

It is a shrub from the Onagraceae family that grows in forest edges and clearings, particularly in the deciduous/mixed evergreen forests of South America – Chile and Argentina. There are nearly 110 species of Ladies ear drops known. Common names include Hardy Fuchsia, Earring Flower, Fuchsia Angel Earrings, and Fuchsia. In cooler climates, where it can remain semi-evergreen, Ladies Ear Drops make an attractive hedge.  

The petals and crown of the blooms protrude from a deep tube that opens into pointed petals.

For a long time, from late spring to late October, it blooms profusely. The flowers are heterosexual (they have female and male organs).

Keeping Cats Away From Ladies Ear Drops

Try covering the surface with a layer of large, heavy pebbles. It ought still to permit water to permeate through to the soil below as long as it is not too densely packed. It won’t feel like a litter box and won’t be as alluring.

If you like a more decorative appearance, you may also use sizable chunks of polished glass, rough pine cones, seashells, or shattered pottery.

Sometimes giving a leaf-chewing cat some of their own plants will divert them from your houseplants. You can maintain a pot of mint, cat grass (which is actually a mixture of oat or barley grass), or thyme instead of catnip, which is probably too adored. These are popular with cats and are completely secure to be occasionally chewed.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.