No, caeroba is not toxic for cats. As a matter of fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has listed caeroba as a non-toxic plant for dogs, cats, and horses.
Caeroba is a tropical plant that can be also grown indoors. If you have this plant at home your cat can easily access the plant. While it is deemed safe for felines, is it also safe for their consumption?
Find out below how caeroba affects your felines and learn a few tips on how to prevent them from getting near your houseplants.
Can Cats Eat Caeroba?
There is no toxic substance found in the caeroba plant that can harm your feline companions. If your cat happens to eat a piece of the plant, it will not cause them harm. However, you should still discourage your cat from eating plants because eating huge quantities may cause them to feel sick.
Since cats are carnivorous animals, plants are not a suitable source of food for them. Cats’ bodies are not made to completely digest plant particles so eating too much vegetation may cause gastrointestinal issues.
Generally, you should also be cautious with plants that were grown with the use of commercial fertilizers and insecticides. These chemicals can harm cats if they are exposed to them and much more if they have ingested them.
What is Caeroba?
Caeroba is also known as Maranta, Peacock Plant, Prayer Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattle Snake Plant, Red Veined Prayer, Yellow Rattleshaker, and Zebra Plant. Caeroba is a tropical herbaceous perennial plant that grows from an underground rhizome and produces very big green leaves and brilliant yellow inflorescences that resemble a baby’s rattle, thus the name rattle shaker. The unique inflorescences are up to 10 inches long and are made up of stacked floral bracts with little blooms poking out around the edges.
Caeroba is endemic to South American rain forests, although it is also cultivated in Hawaii. It is cultivated indoors in pots in non-tropical areas. While indoor plants preserve their variegated leaves, blooms are rarely seen. In less tropical climes, the plant is generally grown as an appealing houseplant, however, growing a caeroba indoors can be a bit of a struggle.
Keeping Cats Away From Caeroba
Training your cats from staying away from plants particularly outdoors is important. But since they are curious and it is inevitable for them to nibble on plants, there are some methods you can try.
You may use natural deterrents to keep them away from your plants. Make certain that the deterrents you use do not include any dangerous components for cats. Spraying vinegar on your plant will also work. Cats dislike the scent of vinegar and avoid it.
Other objects that cats loathe, such as aluminum foil and double-sided sticky tapes, can be also used to dissuade your cats.