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Is Club Moss Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Club Moss Toxic For Cats

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(ASPCA) does not identify club moss as a poisonous plant. It’s safe for cats, dogs, and horses. There are no irritants in club moss, and it is not poisonous to the organs.

Can Cats Eat Club Moss?

You might be concerned if your cat was nibbling on your club moss. No worries because a few bites will not harm her. Though this plant does not contain any irritants nor is it organ toxic, any plant eaten in significant quantities can cause stomach upset simply due to increased amounts of rough material in the stomach and is an unusual food.

What is Club Moss?

Club moss (Selaginella kraussiana) is a vascular plant belonging to the Selaginellaceae family. Krauss’ spikemoss, Krauss’s clubmoss, and African clubmoss are popular names for this plant that grows natively in the Azores and parts of continental Africa. It is a low-growing, mat-forming evergreen perennial with primitive fern-like leaves that spreads via rooting stems and grows to only 5 cm (2.0 in) high.

Its native range includes Macaronesia and areas of southern and eastern Africa. Its native range in the Azores was controversial until 2005 when spores of this species were discovered in 6,000-year-old fossils on Pico. It was first documented in the wild in 1917 in west Cornwall (UK) and County Leitrim (Ireland), often as a greenhouse weed.

Because it is an invasive species, club moss is classified on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord. It grows in dense mats in shaded locations throughout much of New Zealand and Australia.

Keeping Cats Away From Club Moss

For indoors, club moss is great for growing as a miniature in a small pot or hanging basket, or terrarium design. Just simply place them away from your cat’s reach. 

You could suggest a more appealing option to your friend. Grow cat grass in a container that they can access at all times, and make sure they feel safe and secure in their surroundings. More strategies to keep your cat occupied with their own environment include placing a comfortable cat cave in their favorite spot,  providing a window seat with a view of the street or garden, and ensuring they have at least one lasting scratching post,

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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