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Is Thimble Cactus Toxic For Cats?

Is Thimble Cactus Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the thimble cactus is not poisonous to cats. It is one of the non-toxic plants included in ASPCA’s list. 

There are no harmful components found in the thimble cactus. Thus, it is ideal for homes with felines living in them. If you are a succulent collector and have cats, thimble cactus is perfect for you.

Can Cats Eat Thimble Cactus?

Your cats may not like the spiky and rough thimble cacti. While this plant is safe for them, it is not recommended for cat consumption.

Plant materials are not digested inside the cat’s stomach. Because cats are carnivorous species, their bodies are not capable of fully processing plant matter. If cats eat a lot of plants, they may experience indigestion. They may show signs of gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

These symptoms are only short-lived so you do not have to panic. The illnesses typically go away after your cat has expelled the plant materials from his body.

What is Thimble Cactus?

Scientifically known as Mammillaria Gracilis Fragilis, the thimble cactus is a beautiful cactus native to Mexico. The oval body of the winter-dormant succulent plant grows in clusters. This unusual plant, which is a member of the Cactaceae family, can reach a height of 4 inches.

Thimble cacti are tiny pincushion-shaped plants with a dense layer of white spines. If given enough room, its prodigious clusters can spread into a mounded mat. The stem segments easily separate but quickly reroot. It grows little, light cream to pink blooms that are native to Mexico.

Thimble cactus cannot endure a severe frost. You can bring this specific cactus variation indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light if there is a chance of freezing temperatures. 

The thimble cactus blooms in the spring and from late summer to early fall. These plants have delicate, white and pale yellow flowers. They can be easily propagated thanks to their offsets. It is a low-maintenance plant that fits in well with any home, garden, or room.

Keeping Cats Away From Thimble Cactus

Using deterrent sprays is the most affordable and practical option. You can spray your plant with a variety of cat repellent sprays without causing any harm to it or the cat. You can easily buy these products from pet stores near you.

Because cats don’t like the texture of aluminum foil, you can also scatter bits of this material on the ground to drive felines away. Pine cones can also be used for this purpose; simply surround your succulent plants with them to keep your cats away.

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.