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Is Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid Toxic For Cats

Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid (Bulbophyllum appendiculatum) is safe for cats. Members of the Orchidaceae family are pet-friendly and safe, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and other animal protection organizations.

Can Cats Eat Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid?

Has your nosy cat nibbled on your orchid petals? Leaves? Stem? Don’t be concerned. Orchids are a safe plant for cats to have in the house, according to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. They can, however, cause problems for your cat if eaten.

Although orchids are not dangerous in and of themselves, the chemicals included in fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides can harm your cat. If your cat gets to get to your orchid, use organic, pet-friendly products to ensure your cat’s complete safety.

What is Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid?


The Old World Orchid is a small epiphytic orchid found in portions of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. It’s also known as Stinking Bulbophyllum because it’s gorgeous blossoms have a foul odor that’s hard to detect unless you’re up close. The plant blooms continuously throughout the year. It grows on trees, vines and rocks in rainforests, usually where there is high humidity and an abundance of air movement. This plant can spike and flower 3 to 4 times a year. The spray of intricate flowers is accompanied by a hinged lip that bounces up and down when the flowers are moved. This orchid is a warm-growing epiphyte that needs light shade, adequate drainage, air circulation, and high humidity.

Keeping Cats Away From Cirrhopetalum Old World Orchid

Orchids are a safe alternative to have around our cats, but it’s still advisable to keep them out of reach of your cat. The simplest approach to achieve harmony is to provide your cat with safe plants to gnaw on, a comfortable bed, and essentials such as scratchers, a cat tree, and plenty of toys. Your cat will be less tempted to eat your orchids, your plants will thrive, and you will be able to enjoy your pet’s company – as well as your favorite houseplants.

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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