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Is Peperomia Sandersii or Watermelon Peperomia Toxic For Cats?

Is Peperomia Sandersii or Watermelon Peperomia Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the Peperomia Sandersii does not poison cats. This peperomia species has no harmful qualities that might hurt our feline friends. Peperomia Sandersii is on the list of non-toxic plants maintained by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Aside from being safe for cats, Peperomia Sandersii is also non-toxic for dogs and horses. This fact should not be a pass for you to let your cats indulge in peperomias whenever they want to.

Can Cats Eat Peperomia Sandersii or Watermelon Peperomia?

Peperomia Sandersii will not cause toxicity to cats if only a small portion of the plant was eaten. However, anything too much can be dangerous. This can be also applied to cats when it comes to eating plants.

Since cats are created carnivores, they do not have the ability to properly digest plant matter. As a result, they get indigestion when they eat too many plants.

Whether a plant is toxic or not, it is still advisable for cats to avoid it as much as possible. Furthermore, utilizing plant care solutions on your plants might have an impact on your feline pets. When applying fertilizers and pesticides, be cautious since they might leave hazardous chemical traces on your plants, which can be deadly if your cat comes into contact with them.

What is Peperomia Sandersii or Watermelon Peperomia?

Peperomia sandersii is a Piperaceae plant family tropical evergreen herbaceous shrub. It is a bushy, upright plant that may grow up to 8″ tall and is widely used as a potted plant in temperate climes.

It is commonly known as Watermelon Peperomia due to its foliage looks like a watermelon rind.  Watermelon Peperomias are small and look nicer in a group of plants with similar needs.

Watermelon Peperomia is now known scientifically as Peperomia Argyreia. It is also known by various names, including Watermelon Begonia and Watermelon Plant.

This plant’s beautiful, watermelon-striped, waxy leaves and cream-colored, spiky inflorescence provide intrigue. It is suitable to use as a specimen or as a desktop plant. This plant can survive low light for several months without becoming stressed.

Keeping Cats Away From Peperomia Sandersii or Watermelon Peperomia

Leaving a cat alone for extended periods of time might result in undesirable behavior. Keeping your cats entertained and busy can reduce the likelihood of them becoming interested in your plants. 

Anything citrus or sour can repel cats. To deter your cats away from your houseplants, dilute water with lemon, lime, or orange juice. You can also use vinegar instead of citrus fruits. This will have the same effect because cats dislike sour smells and tastes.

You can also strategically put your household plants in a high place to avoid any abuse from your cats. Try placing them on a high shelf or hang them instead of putting them in a regular pot.

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.