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Is Kaempferia or Peacock Ginger Toxic For Cats?

Is Kaempferia or Peacock Ginger Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Kaempferia, often known as Peacock Ginger, is not poisonous to cats. Kaempferia has been classified as a non-toxic plant for cats by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The plant is also considered to be safe for horses and dogs.

There are no hazardous components in Kaempferia that might harm cats. It is still possible to cultivate it or bring it into your home if cats are present.

Cats eating Kaempferia, on the other hand, is a different matter. In this article, we’ll go over why cats shouldn’t eat Kaempferia or any other plants.

Can Cats Eat Kaempferia or Peacock Ginger?

Cats should refrain from eating any plant, even if the plant is considered safe for them. Because cats are carnivorous animals, they do not have the required enzymes to digest plant components. Carnivores are primarily meat eaters, therefore eating plants is not suitable to include in their regular diet.

You should also be aware that some plant care chemicals might be harmful to cats. If these products left residues on plants and your cat ate a bit of the plant, it might result in poisoning and other negative consequences.

What is Kaempferia or Peacock Ginger?

Kaempferia is a plant genus in the ginger family Zingiberaceae. Its natural range includes China, India, and Southeast Asia.

Kaempferia, also commonly called peacock ginger, is a low-growing, compact plant that can grow to be 0.6 meters tall. It has broad ovate to elliptic leaves that are mottled with grey and olive green to golden streaks. Young leaves feature streaks of yellowish green and reddish brown. The plant has a tiny and spherical subterranean stem known as a rhizome. The rhizome produces fleshy roots. It has pale-purple blooms with a tiny white center.

Kaempferias are frequently utilized as groundcover plants. They are also frequently used as medicinal herbs, and the blossoms are utilized for decoration.

Keeping Cats Away From Kaempferia or Peacock Ginger

You can try different methods to keep your cats away from Kaempferia or any plants. 

To drive your cats away, you may use natural deterrents that you can put on your plants. Try making your own solution by combining vinegar and water. To keep your cats away, spray the solution on your plants. Cats dislike the scent and taste of vinegar, so they will avoid your plants for a while.

You can also use raw materials such as aluminum foil or adhesive tapes. Cats will avoid plants if you set up aluminum foil over the ground near your plants. They do not like the crinkly texture and sound of aluminum foil. Wrapping your plant pots with double-sided tape will also help your cats avoid scratching your plants They detest the sticky texture of adhesive tapes.

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.