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Is Petunia Toxic For Cats?

Is Petunia Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, petunia is not poisonous to cats. While other Solanaceae plants may be toxic for our feline buddies, petunias are an exemption. There is no poisonous property found in petunia that can endanger cats.

Petunia is also listed by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in their list of non-toxic plants. Aside from cats, dogs and horses are also safe to be around this pretty plant. 

Can Cats Eat Petunia?

If your cat happens to eat a tiny portion of petunia, he or she will not suffer from adverse effects. It can only be dangerous if your feline has eaten a large number of petunias.

Regularly eating petunias or any other sort of plant is also harmful to cats. Meat is primarily consumed by carnivorous animals such as cats. As a result, their stomachs have limited tolerance for vegetation. Cats’ stomachs lack the enzymes needed to digest the plant completely. As a result of ingesting plants, people may have stomach distress.

Another factor that a responsible cat owner should know is that plant care products can affect felines and other pets. Some products leave traces of toxic chemicals on plants and it can be dangerous for them if they ingest these.

What is Petunia?

Petunia is a genus of roughly 35 flowering plants native to South America that belong to the nightshade family (Solanaceae). The common garden petunia is a spectacular trumpet-shaped flowering plant that is popular for summer flower borders and window boxes.

Most Petunia species are annual plants. The leaves are sessile or don’t have a leaf stem. They normally have oval-shaped with smooth edges; some have small sticky hairs. The funnel-shaped petunia blooms have five merged or partly united petals and five green sepals.

Petunia flowers range in color from pure white to deep red or purple, and they are sometimes speckled or veined in opposing colors.

Keeping Cats Away From Petunia

Scaring or surprising your cat may be an excellent deterrent. Use something to make loud noises when they leap up by your plants. You can also utilize a few arranged tin-foil plates. If these plates are knocked over,  they make a noise and your cats will get distracted.

A similar suggestion is to make a sticky surface that your cat will not want to walk on. Double-sided tape set up between your plant pots can be an effective barrier if you don’t leave enough room between the tape for bouncing about.

It is also beneficial to position your plants in an inaccessible location. Hanging baskets that are not near any other furniture, or boxes that mount directly to the wall, without shelf, and are positioned out of reach, can be a nice strategy too.

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.