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Is Jasmine Toxic For Cats?

Is Jasmine Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, true jasmine from the Jasminum genus is not poisonous to cats. The ASPCA website describes all Jasminum species as harmless to cats, dogs, and horses. 

Many plants are named “jasmine,” but not all of them belong to the genus Jasminum. True jasmine is not hazardous to cats, but several other plants are referred to as “jasmine”. Before growing or buying jasmine, find out first if the plant is non-toxic for your cats.

Can Cats Eat Jasmine?

While Jasmine is categorized as a safe plant for cats, the ASPCA warns that if cats swallow it, it can cause gastrointestinal distress. The explanation behind this is that cats are carnivorous and do not have enough enzymes in their stomach to digest plant material. As a result, consuming too much plant stuff can induce indigestion and other GI issues in cats.

You should also be conscious of the products you use on your plants. Some of the plant care products contain hazardous chemicals that can cause poisoning in your feline companions.

What is Jasmine?

You might be amazed to learn how many distinct shapes jasmine can take and how many plants go by one name. According to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the genus Jasminum contains 12 distinct kinds of real jasmine plants. They range from vining common jasmine (Jasminum officinale), often known as hardy jasmine, with fragrant white summer flowers to evergreen winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). 

Jasmine is a bushy, trailing shrub with yellow winter blossoms that thrives in the United States. It belongs to the olive family genus of shrubs and vines (Oleaceae). It is home to over 200 species endemic to Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania’s tropical and warm temperate zones. Jasmines are frequently grown for the distinctive aroma of their blossoms.

Jasmine shrubs and vines can be upright, spreading, or climbing, and can be deciduous or evergreen. Their leaves can be simple, trifoliate, or pinnate, and are borne in an opposing or alternating pattern. The blooms have a diameter of around 2.5 cm. They are usually white or yellow, however, they might be somewhat reddish in rare cases. The blooms are borne in cymose clusters of at least three blossoms, although they can also be found solitary on the tips of branchlets.

Keeping Cats Away From Jasmine

Keep your plants in a place inaccessible to your cats. Placing them on a high shelf or in a room that they cannot access will also prevent them from touching your plant.

You can also use natural deterrents to drive your cats away from your plants. Making your own deterrent is also possible by diluting vinegar with water. Spraying this solution on your plants will drive cats away as they detest the smell and taste of vinegar.

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.