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Is Mariposa Lily Toxic For Cats?

Is Mariposa Lily Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, mariposa lily is not poisonous for cats. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that mariposa lily is non-toxic for felines. The plant is even included in the organization’s list of non-toxic plants and it is also considered safe for horses and dogs.

Mariposa lily may be safe for our feline friends but this does not give you the right to be complacent and not exercise caution when this plant grows near you.

Can Cats Eat Mariposa Lily?

It wouldn’t harm your cat to bite, lick, or touch a mariposa lily. Eating a tiny portion will not be poisonous for them since mariposa lily does not contain toxic chemicals. However, if your cat will keep on eating this plant as a portion of regular food, he or she might suffer from indigestion.

When your cat is experiencing indigestion, he or she may show symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, hypersalivation, and diarrhea. You do not have to panic though since these signs will subside once your feline companion has eliminated the plant matter from its body.

When your cat consumes a plant, you should also examine the plant’s growing circumstances. A plant containing harmful chemical leftovers from plant care items can poison a cat. If you produce plants in your home, avoid fertilizers and insecticides that include ingredients that are toxic to cats.

What is Mariposa Lily?

Mariposa lily is a purple or white blooming lily bulb endemic to the Rocky Mountains and the Black Hills of the United States. This colorful wildflower prefers dry meadows, sagebrush, and forests at higher elevations (3280-10,827 ft). The gorgeous blooms are either white or purple and have an exotic appearance. Prefers damp to dry loams and rocky soils in a sunny setting.

Mariposa lily is also commonly known for its other names such as Gunnison’s Mariposa lily and Sego lily. Scientifically known as Calochortus gunnisonii, mariposa lily is uncommon and difficult to obtain, and it is unlikely to thrive in hot, humid regions.

Keeping Cats Away From Mariposa Lily

While it is rare that your cat will encounter a mariposa lily, it is still essential to take preventative measures to keep your cats away from any kind of plants.

You may limit your cat’s outdoor activities to lessen the chances of his exposure to plants. Give toys and other cat gears that can stimulate his mind. Bored cats are more likely to take an interest in plants and other things.

Disciplining your cats is also important as it is the foundation of training them to stay away from plants. Spray water on them when they approach your plants at home. You can also firmly tell them not to go near the plants or make loud noises to alert them. 

It may take time to train your feline companions but once they get the gist of what you are telling them, you will no longer be worried if you have plants at home.

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.