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Is Fish Tail Fern Toxic For Cats?

Is Fish Tail Fern Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Fish Tail Fern is not toxic to cats according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  (ASPCA). All ferns are subject to the same maintenance requirements and most are non-toxic to cats and dogs. Fish Tail fern is One of the lovely non-toxic ferns you might want to add to your collection. 

Can Cats Eat Fish Tail Fern?

If your cat accidentally consumes some Fish Tail fern, you can relax knowing that nothing bad will happen. Remember that while not being poisonous, this fern is not thought to be edible. Even plants that are harmless to cats can result in moderate symptoms like mouth irritation, stomach distress, or other minor symptoms. However, they won’t be as harmful or fatal as toxic plants.

What is Fish Tail Fern?

Fish Tail Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)  is a species of fern, commonly known as house holly-fern and Japanese holly fern is homegrown to eastern Asia.

This fern is a perennial with a big light brown rhizome. It has leaves surpassing 0.5 meters in length made up of six to ten pairs of lustrous brilliant green leaflets. It grows from fissures in coastal cliffs, stream banks, rocky slopes, and other damp, stable locations. Each leathery leaflet features a net-like veining pattern with a border that ranges from flat to wavy to slightly serrated.

The Fish Tail fern is a well-liked house plant and an ornamental plant for temperate gardens. It grows well in mild to deep shade with typical fern soil and is hardier than most ferns. Spores are a simple and quick way to spread it, although rhizome division can also be used to spread it.

Keeping Cats Away From Fish Tail Fern

You can keep your plants out of your cats’ reach, but if they really want something, most cats will find a way. When motivated, they are intelligent and imaginative. To keep cats away, some pet and plant owners place some plants in cages or within glass cabinets. Others discover that providing your cat with something to do will help keep them away from your plants.

Consider buying some cat grass for your cat to enjoy if she enjoys nibbling on plants. You can either buy some or cultivate it yourself at home. This is a fantastic, cat-safe alternative that can also deter your cat from approaching your priceless plants.

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.