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Is Summer Savory Toxic For Cats?

Is Summer Savory Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, summer savory is not hazardous for cats. This aromatic herb used to flavor grilled meats is safe for cats.  Summer savory is non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, reports the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Can Cats Eat Summer Savory?

Cats are safe around the savory (summer) plant. If they happen to eat a few leaves, it won’t hurt them. Cats are carnivores, therefore their digestive systems aren’t built to handle a lot of plant matter. As a result, a few modest symptoms in some cats may be mistaken for poisoning.

If your cat eats too much plant material, it may display some poisoning symptoms, but this is more a function of the way their digestive system is built than it is a result of any true adverse effects. Vomiting and diarrhea are two possible symptoms that are most likely to occur.

What is Summer Savory?

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis ) is A delicate shrub with tiny, light green leaves. It has a milder flavor than winter savory and has a sweet and spicy aroma. It is one of the most widely used herbs in Acadia, a region on Canada’s Atlantic coast, where it is utilized in customary recipes and seasonal cookery.  It is a key ingredient in Bulgarian cooking and gives a range of meals a robust flavor. A Bulgarian table will typically contain three condiments: salt, red sweet pepper, and summer savory in place of salt and pepper. Sharena Sol is what is created when these are combined.

The lavender tubular flowers on this herb are in bloom from July to September in the northern hemisphere. It has very thin, bronze-green leaves and reaches a height of between 30 and 60 cm (1 and 2 feet).

Keeping Cats Away From Summer Savory

Wash your garden as frequently as you can. Cats frequently go back to places with familiar smells. Watering the garden regularly will unmark the cat’s territory and lessen the likelihood that it will return to your garden. You can also get rid of cat urine odors by watering your plants and the neighboring pavement or sidewalk.

Cats prefer the aromas of honeysuckle, mint, and, of course, catnip while they detest citrus and rosemary. You can create a tiny garden for your pet cats that include these plants if you have them. Diverting them from the wider garden will prevent them from destroying your plants. Set up a small sandbox that your pet can use as a litter box close to the cat garden. When you utilize this cat deterrent strategy, your edible plants and blossoms may not die off too soon or grow with stunted growth, but you’ll still need to frequently clear the litter box.

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.