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Is Butterfly Ginger Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Butterfly Ginger Toxic For Cats

Butterfly ginger is a non-toxic plant for dogs, cats, and horses, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

This beautiful and fragrant flower is perfect for your gardens but should it cause you worry in case your cat has eaten a portion of it? While butterfly ginger is considered safe for cats, it is still best to know more about this plant and the potential effects that it can bring to your feline companions.

Can Cats Eat Butterfly Ginger?

Eating a small portion of butterfly ginger will not hurt your felines. However, you should not allow them to eat a huge portion of it or feed on your plants regularly. 

Plants are not a suitable source of food for carnivorous animals like cats. Carnivores lack adequate enzymes to process plant matter completely. If cats eat a lot of plants, it may cause indigestion and gastrointestinal problems.

Furthermore, chemicals like fertilizers and insecticides that are used on plants may also affect cats. If your cat accidentally ate a plant with chemical residues, it may lead to poisoning. Always be cautious with using these chemicals. As much as possible use natural and cat-friendly items for your plants.

What is Butterfly Ginger?

Butterfly Ginger, botanically known as Hedychium coronarium from the ginger family Zingiberaceae, is endemic to South Asia. It is planted as an ornamental worldwide in mild temperate and subtropical areas. It is cultivated in China for use in medicine and the production of aromatic oil due to the strong distinctive scent of the blossoms, which is said to be comparable to jasmine.

Butterfly Ginger is an upright perennial that can grow to be one to three meters tall. It has tall, pointed leaves and fragrant white blooms with golden bases. Flowering occurs between August and December in its natural habitat. It is most commonly seen in the woodland understory, where the pseudostems emerge from rhizomes belowground.

Other common names for butterfly ginger are White Ginger, Cinnamon Jasmine, Garland Flower, Ginger Lily, Indian Garland Flower, and White Garland Lily.

Keeping Cats Away From Butterfly Ginger

Your home is not only the place where your cats roam around. They are natural wanderers so they have the tendency to pay your neighbor’s yard a visit. This makes them prone to plant poisoning since they are free outside. That’s why keeping your feline companions indoors is still the best method to prevent them from nibbling on outdoor plants. 

If you have indoor plants, we suggest using natural deterrent sprays. Vinegar is an ideal choice to spray on your plants since cats detest its smell. You may also try placing aluminum foil over your garden soil and near your plants. Your cats will avoid this due they do not like the crinkly sound and texture of aluminum foil. 

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.

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