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Is Nerve Plant Toxic For Cats?

Is Nerve Plant Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the nerve plant is not poisonous to felines. It is even classified as a non-toxic plant by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

The nerve plant does not contain toxic materials that can pose threat to your feline pals. It can be grown in households with cats. 

Can Cats Eat Nerve Plant?

The nerve plant may be considered safe for kitties but this is not a pass that you can allow them to devour the plant anytime they want.

There are no poisonous elements found in the nerve plant but if a cat has eaten huge amounts of this plant, it may cause them to feel indigestion. Because cats are carnivorous species, their bodies cannot completely metabolize plant materials. As a result, they may suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. These signs will subside once your feline pal has ejected all the indigestible parts from his body.

As a cat owner, you should be also aware that chemicals used on plants may also cause danger to your felines. If your cat ingests or inhales a toxic particle from the plant care products, they can be poisoned and suffer from life-threatening conditions.

What is Nerve Plant?

The Acanthaceae family flowering plant known scientifically as Fittonia verschaffeltii is unique to the rainforests of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Brazil. It’s an evergreen perennial with dark green foliage and bright white or crimson veins.

It’s unusual to see a fittonia bloom in the home, and you might never see one blossoming there. When the Verschaffeltii Group blooms, it produces partially concealed 3″ inch flower spikes with small white to off-white flowers that may have a little reddish tinge. Growers are known to pinch them off since they are uninteresting, causing the plant to spend its energies on the foliage instead.

Keeping Cats Away From Nerve Plant

There are several products on the market that can deter cats and keep them out of your yard. Citronella is ideal for use because it is not only safe but also good at repelling other animals. You may also make cat repellent at home. Home remedies include citrus peels, cayenne pepper, chili powder, pressing raw onions on an area, and vinegar.

A moderate sprinkling with water from a spray bottle is another approach you may attempt to help cats lose their interest in your garden. Motion-activated sprinkler systems can also help to deter cats.

You could also construct an outside cat enclosure for your kitties. Not only will this rescue your garden, but it will help save birds and other species.

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.