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Is Golden Shower Orchid Toxic For Cats?

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

No, the golden shower orchid is not poisonous to cats. Similar to other orchid species, the golden shower orchid is safe to grow even if you have kitties at home. This plant does not contain hazardous substances that can harm our felines. It is also considered safe for dogs and horses based on the non-toxic plant list by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Can Cats Eat Golden Shower Orchid?

Munching on a few pieces of golden shower orchids won’t harm your kitty. Cats can even roll over, touch, and lick these pretty flowering plants.

Although you should keep in mind that cats are carnivorous animals. Carnivorous animals feed on a meat-based diet thus, they do not have the capacity to digest plant matter in their stomach. Consumption of too many plants may cause your feline companions to have indigestion or upset stomach.

If your cat ate too many golden shower orchids, the first signs you’ll notice are vomiting and diarrhea. You should not be scared though because the symptoms will go away once your cat has expelled the plant components from his stomach.

What is a Golden Shower Orchid?

The golden shower orchid is an ephiphitic orchid with cascading yellow petals and brown spots. Its scientific name is Oncidium sphacelatum, and it belongs to the Orchidaceae family. They are known to be native to Mexico and Venezuela.

The golden shower orchids are well-known for their ability to dance in the wind. They are a florist favorite and are recognized for their unique floral designs that are fantastic indoors for a reason: their enormous sprays of flowers typically droop with hundreds of petals.

These plants produce huge pseudobulbs from a profusion of thin white roots. The pseudobulbs produce huge leaves (up to 2 feet long). The species always produces more than 25 blooms at once and can sometimes generate 60 blossoms per spike.

The golden shower orchids prefer to be watered once a week in the summer months and much less frequently in the cooler months and thrive best in shaded to sunny indirect light.

Keeping Cats Away From Golden Shower Orchid

If you have golden shower orchids at home, you may place them in a room or space where your felines cannot reach. Cats will not bother plants that are not within their grasp so keeping your plants somewhere safe will prevent them from touching plants.

Deterrents are also a good way to drive away your cats away. Make sure to use natural deterrents — these are available in pet supply stores and you can also order some online. Be responsible and read the product’s label before using it on your plants.

Nonetheless, the long-term solution is to train your feline buddies to stay away from plants. You may teach them by spraying water on them when they come near the plants. Making loud noises or saying “no” when they touch plants are also good methods to start teaching them.

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.