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Is Spider Flower Toxic For Cats?

Is Spider Flower Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the spider flower is not poisonous to our feline companions. No poisonous substances that could endanger our feline friends are present in a spider flower. In fact, the ASPCA listed it as a non-toxic plant. This plant is also safe for canines, felines, and even horses.

Even if you share your home with cats, you can grow spider flowers there. The plants are safe for your cats to touch without causing any harm. However, eating the plant is a different topic altogether.

Can Cats Eat Spider Flower?

While spider flower is safe for our feline buddies, it is not recommended for cats to eat this plant. It may not contain toxic elements but too much consumption of this plant can cause indigestion in cats.

The absence of enzymes in cats’ bodies is the primary cause of indigestion. Cats lack the enzymes necessary to digest plant particles because they are carnivorous species. Plants are therefore not really recommended for cat consumption.

If you have a sensitive cat, it is also possible that it will react differently after eating a spider flower. Each plant may have different effects on every cat. If your cat has a plant allergy history, it is best to keep them away from any kind of plant for their safety.

What is a Spider Flower?

Scientifically known as Cleome hassleriana, the spider flower is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cleome of the family Cleomaceae, and its scientific name is Cleome hassleriana. These plants were formerly members of the Capparaceae family, but they have since been identified as having distinctive qualities and are now under the Cleomaceae family. This plant was introduced to South Asia and is native to South America, including Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southeast Brazil.

Spider flowers are annual plants with spirally arranged leaves that can reach a height of 150 cm. They have leaf petioles that can be up to 15 cm long, and leaflets that can be up to 12 cm long and 4 cm wide. The spider flowers have six long stamens and four purple, pink, or white petals. 

Keeping Cats Away From Spider Flower

Twigs can be used to cover cat-friendly garden soil until your spring plants are well-established. They should be spaced a few inches apart all over the plant bed.

As soon as you notice urine spray, wash the walls or doors in question. Cats mark their territory by spraying urine. To remove territorial markers and stop recurrent spraying, clean with an enzyme-based odor neutralizer.

Cats enjoy amusingly stalking prey. Make sure that cats won’t be attracted to the animals in your yard. Remove any clutter and brush that may be home to mice and other small prey that cats enjoy pursuing.

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.