No, grape hyacinth is not toxic for cats. Grape hyacinth is safe to grow in households with pets such as cats and dogs. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA, the grape hyacinth is not only safe for cats and dogs but for horses as well.
While grape hyacinth is classified by ASPCA as a non-toxic plant, it does not mean that you can allow your cat to eat the said plant regularly. Read on to find out how eating a grape hyacinth can affect your cats.
Can Cats Eat Grape Hyacinth?
Cats can safely touch, lick, or bite a small portion of grape hyacinth. But you should not be complacent and let your cat eat a whole piece of grape hyacinth. Eating a lot of grape hyacinth may cause felines to experience vomiting and diarrhea.
Plant-care products like fertilizers and pesticides can also affect your feline companions. Be cautious when using these products as it can cause toxicity in cats when the toxic chemical residues are inhaled or ingested.
What is Grape Hyacinth?
Scientifically known as Muscari armeniacum, the grape hyacinth is a flowering plant previously belonging to the lily family (Liliaceae) and now belongs to the asparagus family (Asparagaceae).
Grape hyacinth is commonly found in the woodlands and meadows of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey and Armenia which gives it its scientific name. While the common name is derived from the similarity of the clusters of the tiny, bell-shaped, cobalt-blue blooms to upside-down grape clusters.
Muscari armeniacum is a bulbous perennial with simple leaves at the base and short blooming branches. The flowers are commonly purple, blue, white, or light pink in color, depending on the species. They usually bloom around mid-spring. The plant grows at an average height of 15 cm (6 in).
Grape hyacinths are attractive and ideal to use as cut flowers. These blooms open in descending order from the bottom to the top of the inflorescence, with the bottom blooms fading as the top blooms emerge.
Keeping Cats Away From Grape Hyacinth
Make your own deterrent solution by diluting vinegar with water. Spray this solution on your plants to keep your cats away from them. Cats detest the sour taste and odor of vinegar so they will most likely avoid it. Citrus peels are also good deterrents but use them cautiously because certain parts of citrus fruits can be toxic for cats. You can also buy a natural deterrent at a pet supply store near you or just purchase it online.
You can also place aluminum foil on the ground near your plants or wrap it around your plant pots. Felines will most likely avoid aluminum foil because they hate its crinkly surface and sound.