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Is Kenilworth Ivy or Coliseum Ivy Toxic For Cats?

Is Kenilworth Ivy or Coliseum Ivy Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Kenilworth Ivy is not toxic for cats. It is considered safe for felines as there are no harmful properties found in it. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has included Kenilworth Ivy in the list of non-toxic plants for cats.

Even though Kenilworth Ivy is safe for felines, eating it may still have negative effects on cats. Read on to find out what can happen to cats if they ate Kenilworth Ivy.

Can Cats Eat Kenilworth Ivy or Coliseum Ivy?

Eating a small portion of Kenilworth Ivy will not harm your feline companions. However, this should not make you complacent. You should still take safety measures and not allow your cat to keep on eating Kenilworth Ivy. 

Since cats are carnivorous animals, their bodies are not prepared for digesting excessive amounts of plant components. Eating too many plants may lead to indigestion and can even cause severe gastrointestinal issues. Thus, it is best for your cats to stay away from any kind of plants.

Another thing to remember is that some plants may contain toxic chemical residues from plant products used on them. If a cat has consumed a portion of this plant, he or she can be poisoned and suffer from life-threatening conditions.

What is Kenilworth Ivy or Coliseum Ivy?

Cymbalaria muralis is the scientific name for Kenilworth Ivy. It is native to southern and southwest Europe and has spread as an invasive plant throughout the world, including the United States, the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand.

Oxford Ivy, Coliseum Ivy, and Pennywort are other names for Kenilworth Ivy. It spreads swiftly, reaching a height of 5 cm (2.0 in), and is usually found in rock and wall cracks, as well as along pathways. It has evergreen leaves that are rounded to heart-shaped, 2.5 to 5 cm (1.0 to 2.0 in) long and broad, 3-7-lobed, and alternate on slender stems. The blooms are tiny but clearly spurred, resembling snapdragon blossoms in form. From May through September, the flowers of Kenilworth Ivy blossom.

This plant propagates in an unexpected way. The flower stem is positively phototropic at first and advances towards light. It becomes negatively phototropic (“scototropic”) after fertilization and travels away from the light. As a result, the seed is forced into the dark cracks of rock walls, where it has a better chance of germinating.

Keeping Cats Away From Kenilworth Ivy or Coliseum Ivy

To keep your cats away from plants, the best method is to teach them to do so. With consistent discipline, your cats will eventually earn to avoid plants and they will also apply this when they are outdoors.

While training them, you can also use other methods like using natural deterrents — you can buy these at pet supplies stores. 

Placing your plants somewhere inaccessible to your feline companions will also help. You can utilize a room that your cat cannot enter. You can also put the plants in an unusual place like a shelf or in a hanging basket.

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.