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Is King of the Forest or Jewel Orchid Toxic For Cats?

Is King of the Forest Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

King of the Forest is a member of the Orchidaceae family and therefore not toxic for cats. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides lists of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to cats. The list of non-toxic plants includes every member of the orchid family. Orchids are often not toxic to cats, though there may be some exceptions.

Can Cats Eat King of the Forest or Jewel Orchid?

Yes, cats can eat king of the forest. In fact, if your cat decides to bite something, orchids are probably one of the least toxic houseplants to have around without worrying. Members of the Orchidaceae family are considered to be safe and pet-friendly by organizations like the ASPCA and others who advocate for animal rights. However, if eaten, they might harm your cat. Orchids may produce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but more severe symptoms are not anticipated.

Although orchids themselves are not hazardous, fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides contain chemicals that can be dangerous to your cat.

Watch your cat closely no matter what kind of orchid you have There is a chance of foreign body obstruction if large parts of bulbs or a lot of plant debris are consumed.

What is King of the Forest or Jewel Orchid?

King of the Forest (Anoectochilus setaceus), also known as Jewel Orchid is an Indonesian epiphytic orchid that is widely grown for its distinctive leaf patterns. It is often found as a creeping, ascending, cool-growing terrestrial orchid in broadleaf, evergreen, humid primary forests with damp soil.

The plant is typically grown indoors in shady, warm, or moderate environments. The plant grows best when it is potted in a well-draining medium made of sand, soil, fir bark, and perlite. When the potting media dries, the plants need to be watered.

Keeping Cats Away From King of the Forest or Jewel Orchid

To make sure the cat never gets into contact with the orchids, some owners decide to install these plants in a distinct room and keep the door locked. On the other side, you can put these orchids somewhere your cat is least likely to get them at any time, like a ledge, shelf, or just out of reach.

It goes without saying that cats enjoy climbing, therefore if this ledge is large enough, there is a probability that they will eventually get to it. Otherwise, hanging pots are a dependable approach to keep orchids out of cats’ reach because they are difficult for cats to get.

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.