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Is Silver Bell or Snowbell Tree Toxic For Cats?

Is Silver Bell or Snowbell Tree Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

The silver bell is not poisonous to cats. It is categorized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)  as a non-toxic plant for cats, as well as dogs and horses.

Cats can safely touch, lick, or bite a silver bell plant since there are no hazardous elements found in it. However, even if this plant is considered safe for them, it is best to not let your cat devour silver bell plants.

Can Cats Eat Silver Bell or Snowbell Tree?

It wouldn’t hurt your cat to have a small bite of a silver bell however it is not advisable for regular consumption. But, you must prevent them from eating excessive amounts as it may cause indigestion.

Generally, plants are not suitable to be included in a cat’s diet. Since cats are carnivorous, they do not have the capability to digest plant matter. As a result, they can have an upset stomach and show symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Once the plant particles are out of their system, the symptoms will gradually subside.

Even if the silver bell is safe for cats, you should also consider its growing conditions. There are plants that have traces of toxins from fertilizers and pesticides. If these toxins happen to reach your cats’ internal system, it can be dangerous to them. 

What is Silver Bell or Snowbell Tree?

Silver bell is a US native flowering tree in the Styracaceae family that grows throughout the mountain regions of North Carolina and into upper Piedmont.

It can be cultivated as a shrub or a small understory tree. The tree seldom grows taller than 80 feet and grows big enough for commercial use only in the best locations. There are large shrubs with stunning, twisting trunks. The silver bell or snowball tree can live for up to 100 years and blooms when it is only a few years old.

Silver bell is known for its many other common names including Carolina Silverbell, Common Silverbell, Mountain Silverbell, Opossum wood, Shittimwood, and Snowbell tree. Scientifically, it is known as Halesia carolina.

Keeping Cats Away From Silver Bell or Snowbell Tree

Use a mini indoor greenhouse, a fun decorative birdcage, a beautiful glass cloche, or a cute wire plant cover to keep your cats away from your houseplants.

It will not only look nice, but it will also keep cats from knocking plants over, chewing on them, and digging (or pooping!) in the dirt.

Cats dislike the smell of citrus. To keep them from digging, place a piece of landscape fabric or burlap spritzed with citrus on the ground. You not only keep your cat away from your vegetation, but your house also smells great!

Another option is to cut slices of rind and arrange them around the plant pot. However, keep an eye on your cat to ensure that the scent isn’t causing them to avoid the room entirely.

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.