No, shrimp cactus is not toxic for cats. This plant is also included in the non-toxic plant list of ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Shrimp cactus is ideal for fur parents as this plant is perfectly safe for cats and dogs. There are no poisonous contents found in shrimp cactus that can pose threat to our feline and canine pals. Yet, its classification as a safe plant is not a free pass for fur parents to permit their pets to feast on shrimp cacti.
Can Cats Eat Shrimp Cactus?
Eating a small amount of shrimp cactus is not poisonous for cats. They can touch, lick, or nibble on this plant however, you must not let them eat huge amounts of shrimp cactus or any kind of plants.
Cats lack the enzymes required to process plant materials in their stomach. They will suffer from indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues as a result of eating too many plants. They may exhibit stomach upset symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms usually go away once the plant matter has been expelled from the body.
What is Shrimp Cactus?
Scientifically called Schlumbergera russelliana, shrimp cactus is native to the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. It is commonly found in moist forests where it grows on trees as an epiphyte. It is also known for its other common names such as Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, and Easter cactus.
Shrimp cactus has leafless green stems that act as leaves to perform photosynthesis. The stems are composed of flattened segments that measure 0.5 to 1.5 inches in length and 1/2 to 3/4 inches in width. These segments have a few notches on the sides. Pink flowers with a “flower inside a flower” appearance are produced by the plant.
Today’s shrimp cacti are mostly hybrids of Schlumbergera russelliana and Schlumbergera truncata. These plants have over 200 cultivars, each with a distinct flower color.
Keeping Cats Away From Shrimp Cactus
Building a barrier is another useful method for keeping cats away from houseplants. If possible, wrap the plant pots in aluminum foil. You can also use the foil to cover the soil near your plants in your garden. Cats will avoid your plants because they are put off by the surface and odor of aluminum foil.
Cat repellent spray also works great to keep cats away from your houseplants. One can be purchased at pet supply stores. You can also try making your own deterrent by combining vinegar and water. To ensure that there is no damage, as with any other type of spray, test it on a few leaves before sprinkling it on the entire plant.