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Is Hemlock Tree Toxic For Cats?

Is Hemlock Tree Toxic For Cats?
Written by Clair Chesterman

Hemlock Tress are not poisonous to cats. It belongs to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) list of non-toxic plants for cats.

Conium maculatum, commonly known as poison hemlock, and numerous other members of the genus Cicuta, including water hemlock, are two related species of plants that are extremely toxic so be very careful not to get confused. 

Can Cats Eat Hemlock Tree?

A small bit of any hemlock tree part eaten by your cat won’t put it in grave danger. Despite the fact that the majority of plants are generally healthy, some of them can make your cat throw up or have diarrhea, so it’s best to consult a vet if this happens.

Cats’ gastrointestinal systems and metabolisms have been made to accommodate consuming meat because they are obligate carnivores. They require crucial nutrients that only meat can give them because they have poor digestion and can’t get such elements from plants.

What is Hemlock Tree?

Any coniferous tree belonging to the genus Tsuga of the pine family, Pinaceae, that has small cones and short, flat, needle-like leaves with two white lines on the underside is referred to as “hemlock” in popular usage, notably in the United States and Canada. North America and Asia are home to this genus, which has nine living species.

The name is also used to describe the wood of these trees. Furthermore, Conium maculatum of the Apiaceae family of parsley plants, specifically, are referred to by the popular name “hemlock” as well (poison hemlock). The species are all evergreen trees that grow from 20 to 60 meters tall and only occur in moist environments with little to no water stress.

Keeping Cats Away From Hemlock Tree

A towering tree may lure cats, who might even jump on them. Fortunately, you can stop them with a few easy techniques. Wrap your tree stump in foil and scatter some lemon or orange peels around the base because most cats detest foil and citrus aromas.

Pine cones can be scattered around the base. In a small area of the yard, cultivate a separate bed of catnip plants. While not all cats are crazy about catnip plants, those that are may make a catnip patch their own personal haven and preferred hangout.

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.