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Is Haworthia Toxic For Cats?

Is Haworthia Toxic For Cats?
Written by Clair Chesterman

Haworthias are recognized as non-toxic plants by the renowned American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Although it resembles aloe, which is toxic to cats and dogs, in terms of size and shape, this plant is completely safe for animals.

Can Cats Eat Haworthia?

If they ingest Haworthia by mistake, not much will happen. In fact, animals like cats and dogs are very aware of how to maintain good health. They make an effort to be cautious and give everything a good sniff before eating.

Hence, cats are less likely to consume Haworthias. In case they eat it, either mild vomiting will occur or nothing does. It also depends on how they are feeling physically. Due to the taste, they could feel a little uneasy.

What is Haworthia?

The Haworthia is a little succulent that is indigenous to South Africa and is among the easiest houseplants to take care of. Although this can vary greatly between variations and even within the same species, it is distinguished by its architectural structure, which is often made up of lone columns that form in layers.

The rosette-like, densely arranged foliage clusters of a common Haworthia are its defining feature. While some species are softer and even translucent, other species are hard, strong, and dark green. When exposed to direct sunlight, those of the hard, dark green variety can change color to a rich purple-red and generally have white dots.

They belong to the Aloaceae family of aloes and are closely linked to aloes. Aloes, Haworthias, and their relatives were once thought to be a member of the very vast lily family (Liliaceae), which has since been divided into more significant groups. Older reference books, however, classify Haworthias as members of the lily family.

Keeping Cats Away From Haworthia

Place your succulents on shelves, and windowsills, or hang them from the ceiling for a more dramatic look. You may even arrange cacti or all of your succulents in one enormous cage. 

Make sure your succulents are hefty and stable enough so that your cats won’t be able to knock them over by placing them in terrariums, either open or closed, to protect them from your cats.

Using aluminum foil is another method. Use it by wrapping a layer around the succulent pot’s top. As cats don’t like to tread on this specific material, you can also scatter fragments of aluminum foil on the ground.

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.