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Is Leather Peperomia Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Leather Peperomia Toxic For Cats

Leather Peperomia is considered non-toxic to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals classified this plant as one of the non-hazardous plants for cats, dogs, and horses. Leather Peperomia contains no known toxic substances. It is said to be a safe plant to grow close to animals.

Can Cats Eat Leather Peperomia?

Leather Peperomia in a pot with a happy cat nearby

While technically non-toxic, leather peperomia can cause certain toxic-like symptoms in cats who try to consume too much of it. Due to the structure of their digestive systems, cats, which are primarily carnivores, can only consume a very little amount of plant materials. Overindulgence may cause nausea, irritation, or diarrhea.

What is Leather Peperomia?

Leather Peperomia and cats

Leather Peperomias are frequently grown for their decorative leaves and are thought to be simple plants to grow in greenhouses and homes. This perennial plant often needs a high amount of light, average temperature, and average amount of moisture to grow. Around the world, tropical and subtropical climates are home to this Piperaceae family member. This plant is native to Central Africa. 

Its stems are 1/2–2 ft. long trailing at the base, branching and rooting, slender and glabrous. The leaves are alternate, distinctly petioled, and moderately firm.

Keeping Cats Away From Leather Peperomia

Leather Peperomia and a cat in the background

It might be a good idea to keep your plants in a room that your cat cannot reach. If your plant is in a wide container, you might be able to deter your cat from chewing on it by placing beautiful rocks with sharp edges nearby.

Think about any potential causes for your cat’s plant-eating behavior. If she is bored, try giving her toys, and amusement.

Spray your plants with the well-known repellant Bitter Apple. Although it is undetectable to humans and harmless to your plants, cats detest the smell.

The effects of citrus and weak vinegar are comparable. The flavor will put them off if the fragrance isn’t effective in deterring them.

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.

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