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Is Phalaenopsis Orchid or Moth Orchid Toxic For Cats?

Is Phalaenopsis Orchid or Moth Orchid Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

The Phalaenopsis Orchid is not poisonous to cats. The majority of species in the Orchidaceae plant family are safe for our feline companions. They do not contain any hazardous ingredients that might harm our kitties.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has also put Phalaenopsis orchids on its list of non-toxic plants (ASPCA). This orchid species is safe to be around with cats, dogs, and even horses.

Can Cats Eat Phalaenopsis Orchid or Moth Orchid?

Eating a tiny amount of Phalaenopsis Orchid will not cause life-threatening effects on cats. Overeating though will cause them to have indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues. They may even display symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea which will eventually subside once the plant matter has been removed from their bodies.

Using commercial plant care products on your orchids can be hazardous for pets. Traces of poisonous chemicals from these products may be inhaled or ingested by cats and lead to poisoning. For safety precautions, using natural products is recommended particularly if you have cats at home.

What is Phalaenopsis Orchid or Moth Orchid?

Moth orchids are another name for Phalaenopsis. It is a genus of roughly 70 plant species in the Orchidaceae family. This genus of orchids is monopodial epiphytes or lithophytes.

They have long, coarse roots, short, leafy stems, and long-lasting, flat blooms organized in a flowering stem that frequently branches at the end. This genus of orchids is endemic to South and Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Guinea.

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most famous orchids for potted plants. This is due to the ease of their propagation and bloom under artificial conditions.

They are reasonably easy to grow and blossom in the house, as long as some care is taken to keep conditions comparable to their native habitats. Commercial cultivation of Phalaenopsis orchids has become a successful industry.

Keeping Cats Away From Phalaenopsis Orchid or Moth Orchid

Cats are not so fond of the coffee aroma. It is also useful as a deterrent because it is a fantastic fertilizer for your plants. Collect your coffee grinds in a container and place them at the base of the plants or flowerpots. 

Another way to safeguard your flowers is to brush the edge of the pots with a half-cut fresh onion! Because the stench might be overpowering, you should avoid employing this approach inside. It can, however, be good for the plants or flowers on your balcony.

You may also immediately plant garlic cloves split in half in the pots of your plants. Cats will be scared away by their aroma!

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.