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Is Golden Lace Orchid Toxic For Cats?

Is Golden Lace Orchid Toxic For Cats?
Written by Clair Chesterman

The golden lace orchid, like other orchid species, is not harmful to cats. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, this orchid species is not poisonous to dogs or horses (ASPCA).

You can grow golden lace orchids at home even if you are living with cats. There is no known poisonous chemical found in this plant so it is ideal to grow for pet owners.

While the golden lace orchid is okay to be around cats, consuming it is another story. This article will tell you whether it is safe for cats to eat these lovely flowers.

Can Cats Eat Golden Lace Orchid?

Yes, cats can eat a tiny portion of the golden lace orchid. It is also safe for them to lick, touch, and bite on a golden lace orchid. But, it is not recommended to be included in a cat’s regular diet.

Our feline companions are obligate carnivores. Because of that, their bodies do not have the enzymes that can completely digest plant matter. As a result, they can have indigestion or stomach upset if they have eaten a lot of plants.

What is Golden Lace Orchid?

The golden lace orchid is also known as the jewel orchid. The plant belongs to the orchid family (Orchidaceae). The velvety foliage of golden lace orchids, also known as jewel orchids, ranges in color from bronze to black and includes white to maroon veins. The silky, suede-like multicolored leaves are not as large as those of other orchids.

Golden lace orchid stems are essentially pseudobulbs, making them extremely easy to reproduce. These stems crawl down the ground, spreading the plant as they go by roots into the leaf litter.

Golden lace orchids are native to Southeast Asia, where they thrive in the deep shadow of the tropical understory, but they are grown as a houseplant all over the world. The plant is only hardy outside where winter temperatures stay above freezing, so if you live in a tropical environment, consider growing it outside as a ground cover behind a huge shade tree.

Keeping Cats Away From Golden Lace Orchid

To keep your feline buddies away from your golden lace orchid, you can try using aluminum foil. You can try putting the foil over the soil just near your plants. The cats will avoid the area because they are not fond of the crinkly texture and sound of aluminum foil.

You may also use double-sided sticky tape as a hack.  Cover your pots with double-sided adhesive tape, exposing the sticky side. Cats dislike the sticky material, therefore if they come into contact with it, they will abandon their plans to damage your plants.

Still, the best way to prevent your cat from coming near your plants is to discipline and teach them. This method will benefit you the most and your pants will thank you, too!

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.