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Is Fingernail Plant Toxic For Cats?

Is Fingernail Plant Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the Fingernail plant is not toxic for felines. The fingernail plant belongs to the bromeliad plant family of Bromeliaceae. Bromeliad plants are generally non-toxic, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Humans, cats, dogs, and other common indoor pets are not poisoned in any way. 

Can Cats Eat Fingernail Plant?

Eating a fingernail plant will not poison your cats. Although the plant is not harmful, it does not mean that your cats should be allowed to eat indoor house plants. Cats often vomit after eating the fingernail plant. Furthermore, it can occasionally cause choking.

Many growers use fertilizers to help their plants grow faster. Unfortunately, these fertilizers may include potentially hazardous substances that can harm your feline companions.

Fertilizers for plants, such as bromeliads, frequently include potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Some fertilizers also contain copper, zinc, iron, manganese, cobalt, boron, and molybdenum. Large concentrations of these substances can poison your cat, while little amounts might cause stomach upset.

What is a Fingernail Plant?

Fingernail Plant, scientifically known as Neoregelia spectabilis, is a tropical plant native to Brazil. It derives its name from the brilliantly colored stripes that resemble painted fingernails on the ends of its leaves. Many people around the world keep the plant as a houseplant. It is highly valued for its vibrant foliage.

The leathery, strap-like leaves of this plant are mostly dull green on the outside and become more vibrant inside. The plant’s leaves form a rosette around its base, and blue blooms bloom in the center. Because of its lovely foliage and simple maintenance requirements, the Fingernail Bromeliad is a popular houseplant.

Keeping Cats Away From  Fingernail plant

The fingernail plant’s bright-colored leaves are attractive to cats. If your cat gets too close to the bromeliad, you can spray it with a spray bottle. The cat would be unable to approach the plant if you performed this regularly.

Insect repellent sprays are also quite useful. Simply spray it onto your plant to deter your cat from approaching it. Vinegar can be also used as a deterrent but should be avoided for some plants because it may cause them harm.

You can put pebble stones on your plant’s pot, but make sure there’s enough area for the soil to be moistened; this will deter your cats from digging through it.

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.