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Is Magnolia Bush Toxic For Cats?

Is Magnolia Bush Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Cats, dogs, and other animals are not known to be harmed by magnolias. The waxy evergreen leaves and fragrant blooms of your magnolia tree don’t have to be sacrificed in favor of your cat because the tree isn’t known to be poisonous to animals.

Can Cats Eat Magnolia Bush?

Your cat shouldn’t have any negative consequences if he occasionally climbs up the branches to nibble on the bark or bat at the blooms. Although a magnolia tree is not strictly dangerous to dogs or cats, it is not a common element of their diet.

A cat who amuses himself by bringing you every fallen magnolia seed pod should remain as healthy as a horse. If your pet consumes too much magnolia tree material, it could cause difficulties. It will probably take a lot of eating of magnolias for it to become an issue, but if your pet enjoys chewing down on the blossoms, bark, or fallen leaves, keep an eye out for any abrupt changes in appetite or symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.

What is Magnolia Bush?

Magnolia Bush (Magnolia stellata), sometimes known as the star magnolia, is a slow-growing shrub or small tree that is indigenous to Japan. Before the leaves open in the early spring, it produces big, spectacular white or pink blooms.

When fully grown, this shrub reaches a height of 1.5 to 2.5 meters and a width of 4.6 meters. Growing erect and round while young, the plants spread and pile as they get older. The flowers are star-shaped and have at least 12 tepals, which resemble thin, delicate petals; some varieties have as many as 30. The leaves start off bronze-green, mature to a deep green color, then turn yellow before falling off in the fall. They are oblong and measure roughly 4 cm by 10 cm in size.

Keeping Cats Away From Magnolia Bush

Keep the dirt in your yard moist to discourage cats from digging there. If you find them in the act, take it a step further and splash them with a hose. Try installing a motion-activated sprinkler if neighboring cats are sneaking in at night.

Build a fence. In order to prevent them from landing on the fence, it must be quite tall with a floppy top. Additionally, it must be buried at the base so that they cannot sneak under. It may be a pricey but successful remedy.

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.