No, the lesser snapdragon or weasel’s snout is not poisonous to cats. It has been included in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ list of non-toxic plants (ASPCA). The lesser snapdragon is also considered non-toxic to dogs and horses.
While cats are safe around lesser snapdragons, cat owners should exercise caution when it comes to their cats consuming this plant.
Can Cats Eat Lesser Snapdragon or Weasel’s Snout?
In case your cat has bitten a small piece of a lesser snapdragon, he or she should be fine. You should not worry since lesser snapdragon does not contain toxic properties that can endanger your feline companions.
However, you should still be careful and not allow your cats to regularly eat lesser snapdragons. Consumption of excessive plant materials may cause cats to experience indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems. Because felines are carnivorous animals, plants are not suitable to be included in their usual diet.
Cat parents should also know that some plants may have chemical residues from plant care products. These residues may cause poisoning in cats and can be also lethal for them.
What is a Lesser Snapdragon or Weasel’s Snout?
The lesser snapdragon is a European native that has been imported to North America. It was found in waste areas and ditches in Connecticut and Maine. It bears pink blooms that develop into elongated fruits that some say look like a “weasel’s snout,” another common name for this plant.
The lesser snapdragon is previously known botanically as Antirrhinum orontium. It is now scientifically called Misopates orontium from the Mimosaceae plant family.
The leaves of lesser snapdragons are alternate and either lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets. It produces flowers in varying hues — from blue to purple and from pink to red. The blooms have five petals that are fused into a cup or tube. The plant also produces a fruit that is dry and splits open when ripe.
Keeping Cats Away From Lesser Snapdragon or Weasel’s Snout
You can keep your cats away from lesser snapdragons by restricting their access outside. Since lesser snapdragons are commonly found in disturbed areas, your cats will most likely encounter them outdoors.
It is safest to keep your houseplants on a high shelf or in a hanging basket. You may even put them in a room where your cats cannot reach them. Natural deterrents will help keep your feline friends away from your plants.
Yet, the most ideal method to prevent your cat from touching or eating your plants is by training them. Discipline is the key method to avoiding plant poisoning in your cats.