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Is Saw Brier Toxic For Cats?

Is Saw Brier Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, saw brier is not toxic for cats. The area around this woody vine is completely safe for cats to explore. In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has included saw brier on its list of non-toxic plants.

Cat parents shouldn’t relax just because it’s considered safe for plants. Nevertheless, it is important to prevent your cat friends from consuming any part of this plant.

Can Cats Eat Saw Brier?

It’s not a big deal if your cat ate a modest amount of saw brier. If your cat ingests an excessive amount of saw brier, you should be worried. If a cat consumes too much of this vine, it may get indigestion or other digestive problems. Cats are obligate carnivores, thus their bodies are not equipped to digest plant-based foods. Therefore, if they consume a lot of plants, they get diarrhea and vomit.

The plant care items you apply to your plants can also have an impact on your cat’s welfare. Some industrial plant products have toxic compounds in them that leave residue on plants. Your cat could develop an illness if he or she ate a bit of a plant that was poisonous.

What is Saw Brier?

Sawbrier (Smilax glauca),  is a woody vine in the family Smilacaceae. It is a common and noticeable component of the forest vegetation in the central and eastern regions of the United States, where it is native.

Additionally, it is widespread in much of Mexico. Sawbrier climbs using tendrils and has prickly stems. On the underside, leaves are particularly gray-glaucous to whitish. It frequently coexists with other Smilax species and can be seen growing along fences and in wooded regions. In the southern United States, the plants primarily have an evergreen nature.

This plant grows well in most soils, both in full sun and partial shade. It may spread across shrubs, stumps, or trees. It is a dioecious plant that may reach a height of 5 meters, is an evergreen climber, blooms in June, and has leaves all year long. Sand, loam, and clay are all suitable habitats for this species.

Berries are typically produced in the winter. The species’ leaves are basic; there is only one leaf per node, and it dies in the winter. The berries on this plant are meaty. 

Keeping Cats Away From Saw Brier 

Establishing a specific area in the yard that is acceptable for cats to use as a litterbox will keep them out of your garden.

If you have the extra room, the best method for keeping pets away from your plants is to keep a dedicated plant room. Sunrooms, spare bedrooms, or even a closet fitted with an LED grow light are all excellent places to grow your plants safely.

Cats are naturally inquisitive and they may be tormenting your plants because they’re bored. Try giving them interactive cat toys to stimulate them. For their enjoyment, you can also try growing some catnip. By doing this method, they will less likely pick on your plants.

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.