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Is Kenya Violet Toxic For Cats?

Is Kenya Violet Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Kenya violets are safe to cultivate if you have cats because they are not harmful when eaten. Numerous veterinary clinics and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have endorsed this fact.

Can Cats Eat Kenya Violet?

Your cat won’t likely experience any problems if she only nibbles. Kenya violets cannot harm cats. Kenya violets are not poisonous to cats because of any dangerous compounds. He might still show signs of a minor illness, though, if he swallows some of it. 

Kenya violets are not toxic to cats, but if they are treated with damaging fertilizers or sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, your kitties could become poisoned. Because insecticides are known to contain highly hazardous compounds, your pets shouldn’t eat the plant.

Even while one bite or nibble typically doesn’t cause any ill effects, you never know how much your cat may have eaten. If they consume such chemically treated plants, the consequences take time to manifest, eventually leading to major health problems in your pet.

What is Kenya Violet?

Kenya violet, commonly known as Usambara violet is a plant species from The Gesneriaceae Family, they are native to the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. Due to their diminutive stature, profusion of blooms, and wide range of varieties, these blooming plants are extremely well-liked. They are frequently grown as indoor houseplants, but in some areas, they can also be grown outdoors.

It is a delicate perennial that can reach heights of 6 inches and widths of 12 inches. Although it might have several stems, the plant typically only has one crown. It features purple blooms and medium-sized, lightly serrated, green leaves with quilting. They thrive in bright, warm, and humid conditions.

Keeping Cats Away From Kenya Violet

Keep your Kenya violet on a high shelf or cabinet to avoid unwelcome nibbles. Be careful to look around for any furniture your cat could use to access it, and choose a bright area to keep your plant healthy. 

Give your cat something more nutritious to eat if it is craving plants. You can also give your pet catnip, silver vine, or cat thyme as alternatives because they are all secure and beneficial.

Another way is to place aluminum foil around your Kenya violets, cats hate the taste and sound of aluminum foil and they also hate to feel and walk on it. 

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.