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Is Platycerium Alcicorne or Staghorn Fern Toxic For Cats?

Is Platycerium Alcicorne or Staghorn Fern Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, Platycerium Alcicorne is not toxic for cats. This Polypodaceae plant is included in the list of non-toxic plants for cats by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The Platycerium Alcicorne does not contain harmful properties that can pose threat to our feline companions. While they are deemed safe for felines, it is still best to be cautious particularly if your cats love to nibble on plants.

Can Cats Eat Platycerium Alcicorne or Staghorn Fern?

You do not have to panic if your feline pal has eaten a small bit of Platycerium Alcicorne. It will not harm them to have a taste of this plant. But, be careful because overeating can still cause them to suffer from indigestion.

Since felines are carnivorous species, their bodies are not prepared to digest plant matter. They lack the enzymes that can fully process plant materials in their stomach. When cats have indigestion, they may show signs of abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The symptoms are only temporary as they will typically go away after the cats’ bodies have eliminated the plant materials.

What is Platycerium Alcicorne or Staghorn Fern?

Platycerium Alcicorne is commonly known as Staghorn Fern. This fern is indigenous to Mozambique and Madagascar. They are epiphytic ferns that grow to be 80 cm tall and 90 cm wide.

They have different kinds of leaves: those that hang horizontally and are wide enough to cling to the branches of trees, and those that hang vertically and resemble elk horns. The leaves have a waxy layer that keeps water from evaporating. They don’t make flowers.

They are grown as houseplants and in greenhouses. They may be cultivated outside in the summer under moist moss on walls and trees.

During the growth season, they require high humidity, but the leaves should not be sprayed directly since they might rot. The Platycerium alcicorne requires semi-shade or shadow exposure, avoiding direct sunlight. They cannot withstand temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius. It is a sensitive plant that does not tolerate direct sunlight or dry heat from heating.

Keeping Cats Away From Platycerium Alcicorne or Staghorn Fern

Scents are one method for keeping cats away from your plants. Citrus peels can be chopped up and put in the pot’s base. Even when mashed finely, they may emit a distinct citrus aroma. You might as well use the lemon juice if you’ve already removed the lemon peels. Distilled citrus juice may be sprayed straight over the leaves of your potted plant.

You should also know that citrus oil may be extremely poisonous to cats. As a result, I would not recommend utilizing essential oils, such as those used in diffusers.

Training your cats is the most effective technique. Cats react positively to behavioral instruction. Every cat has to be litter box trained. They can be also taught to remain off the counter, quit scratching at the furniture, and stop eating your houseplants.

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.