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Is False Aralia Toxic For Cats?

Is False Aralia Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

False aralia is perfectly safe for cats. You can grow false aralias at your home even if you are living with your feline buddies.

False aralia is included in the list of non-toxic plants by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In this article, we will further discuss false aralias and how they can affect your cats.

Can Cats Eat False Aralia?

Your cats will not experience adverse effects from eating a piece of false aralia. However, since it is a plant, it is still best to not let your cats eat it. 

Felines may experience indigestion due to eating large amounts of plants. Their bodies cannot properly digest plant materials because they are carnivores. Thus, you should not allow your cat to nibble on your houseplants regularly.

You should also know that using chemical products on your plants may have effects on your feline companions. As much as possible, only use organic products on your plants. This will prevent the risk of poisoning from toxic substances from chemical products such as fertilizers and pesticides.

What is False Aralia?

False aralia is botanically called Plerandra elegantissima. It is also formerly called Schefflera elegantissima and Dizygotheca elegantissima. The false aralia is a species of flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to New Caledonia.

False aralia may grow to be 8 to 15 meters tall and 2 meters wide. It’s a type of evergreen shrub or tree. It has slender, coppery red to dark green leaves with serrated margins and 7 to 11 leaflets. The leaves of grown-up plants are substantially larger. It yields clusters of light green blooms in the fall, followed by black fruit.

Young false aralias cultivated in tiny pots can be placed on a tabletop, desk, or other surfaces. The plants blend well with other houseplants; the general airiness is a fantastic compliment to houseplants with bigger foliage. Older false aralias with woody trunks are ideal for adorning blank walls, softening furniture, and creating a live privacy screen or room divider.

Keeping Cats Away From False Aralia

The usual nibblers are those cats who are bored or hungry. Keeping your cat well-fed and mentally stimulated will prevent them from getting their paws on plants. 

It is ideal for your plants to be placed in a high place or in a room where your cat cannot go into. If the plants are not within their paws’ reach, it is highly unlikely that they will touch them.

Experts also suggest spraying vinegar on your plants. Cats have sensitive olfactory senses and they do not like the sour smell of vinegar so they tend to avoid anything that has the same smell.

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.