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Is Silver Pink Vine Toxic For Cats?

Is Silver Pink Vine Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the silver pink vine is not toxic for cats. The silver pink vine does not contain poisonous substances that may cause life-threatening effects to cats. 

Silver pink vine is classified by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) as a non-toxic plant for cats, dogs, and horses.

Even if the silver pink vine is categorized as a safe plant, eating this plant is a different discussion.

Can Cats Eat Silver Pink Vine?

Silver pink vine is not advisable for cat consumption. Though, having a small bite of this plant will not cause endanger them.

Our feline companions are carnivorous species. Thus, they feed on a meat-based diet and plants are not suitable to be included in their meal. Overeating plant materials will cause cats to have indigestion. This is because they lack the enzymes to fully digest plants.

Indigestion may induce symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Once the plant materials are out of their bodies, the symptoms will eventually go away.

What is Silver Pink Vine?

Scientifically known as Hoya Pubicalyx, the silver pink vine is a flowering climber in the Apocynaceae family. It is a succulent vine native to the Philippines with lovely fragrant star-shaped flowers.

The silver pink vine flowers have a pleasant scent that is particularly noticeable at night. To protect young or soft leaves from intense light, the silver pink vine produces a natural plant pigment called “Anthocyanin.” This pigment is also found in mature or old leaves, which it protects them from cold and harsh light.

The average mature silver pink vine stands 8 to 10 feet (3 m) tall. The leaves are narrow, measuring 5 to 12 cm in length and 6 cm in width. Because of its thick, glossy leaves, this plant is also known as a wax plant. The silver pink vine looks beautiful in hanging baskets or terrestrial pots.

Keeping Cats Away From Silver Pink Vine

Moving your plants to a safer area is the simplest way to keep them secure. Keep the plants in a spot that your cat can’t access or can’t reach to shield them from your cat’s playful paws and hungry mouth.

Cats can be taught to avoid plants. Half-fill a spray bottle with tap water, then turn up the stream’s intensity. Give your cat a quick water spray the next time he tries to get into your plants.

You can water a plant while protecting it from your cat’s paws by covering the dirt with rocks. For a more decorative touch, substitute dried wood or seashells for the rocks. You can also try using pine cones, whose smell and texture can deter cats from the plant.

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.