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Is Pupleosier Willow Toxic For Cats?

Is Pupleosier Willow Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Pupleosier Willow, or Salix purpurea as it is known scientifically, is considered safe for cats. Although, this statement can only be accurate to some extent. Salicin, which is present in Pupleosier Willow, produces salicylic acid when metabolized. Salicylates have a particularly negative impact on cats’ systems. If you give excessive amounts of Pupleosier willow to your cat, it could poison it and cause ulcers, vomiting, stomach pain, and other symptoms.

Can Cats Eat Pupleosier Willow?

Not simply a lot, but some Pupleosier Willow can be consumed by your cat. You might need to be concerned if Pupleosier Willow is ingested in excessive quantities. How come? because they contain salicin, which when metabolized produces salicylic acid. Salicylates can cause serious health problems for cats. If you give your cat too much, it could poison it and cause ulcers, vomiting, stomach pain, and other symptoms.

What is Pupleosier Willow?

Native to the British Isles, Poland, and the Baltic States, the Pupleosier Willow is a species of willow that is found throughout most of Europe and western Asia.

It is a deciduous shrub with purple-brown to yellow-brown branches that age to a pale grey color. It can reach heights of 1-3 meters. The leaves are unique for a willow since they are frequently oriented in opposite pairs rather than alternately.  They are dark green on top and glaucous green underneath.

Small catkins bear blooms in the early spring are frequently purple or crimson in color, hence the species’ name (other willows mostly have whitish, yellow, or green catkins).

Keeping Cats Away From Pupleosier Willow

Push thorny yard trimmings, such as pine cones or fall leaves, into the soil around your plants. Other choices include recycled plastic carpet runners with the nub side up, stone mulch, eggshells, holly cuttings, and so forth.

Cats’ favorable associations with your garden can be broken with moderate spraying of water from a spray bottle. Sprinkler systems that are actuated by movement can also deter cats. Just remember when they’re on and follow the rules during the summer water shortages.

A fence made of wire mesh can be used as a barrier. The majority advise 5.1 by 5.1-centimeter squares and a height of at least 1.8 meters. It is even better with an overhang.

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.