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Is White Heart Hickory Toxic For Cats?

Is White Heart Hickory Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the white heart hickory is not poisonous to cats. As a matter of fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has included this plant in the list of non-toxic plants.

The white heart hickory has no poisonous properties that can endanger our feline buddies making it an ideal tree to grow if you have cats at home. Your cats can freely roam around this tree and they can safely touch or bite any part of this plant.

Can Cats Eat White Heart Hickory?

If your cat accidentally nibbled on a part of this hickory species, you do not have to panic as it will not cause harm. Although there are no toxic properties found in the white heart hickory, eating too much of this plant can cause cats to have indigestion. 

Carnivorous species like cats are not capable of digesting plant materials. Because of this, they tend to experience vomiting and diarrhea after overeating plants.

Plant care products used on a plant can also affect your cats’ well-being. Since some products have toxic properties, they may poison your cats if they accidentally ingested a contaminated plant. 

What is White Heart Hickory?

The Carya tomentosa tree belongs to the Juglandaceae, or walnut family, and is also known as the mockernut hickory, white hickory, whiteheart hickory, hognut, and bull nut.

The most prevalent of the hickories, white heart hickory is widespread in the eastern US and has a long lifespan, occasionally growing to be 500 years old. A significant portion of the wood from this straight-growing hickory is used to make goods that need to be strong, hardy, and flexible.

The white heart hickory is a 50–60 foot tree that, with good soil, can grow as high as 100 feet. With shallow furrows and narrow ridges forming a net-like pattern, its dark bark is rough and thin. Not like Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), it does not peel. If the tree has not experienced drought, the pinnately compound, deciduous leaves become bright, golden-yellow. A big, thick shell surrounds tiny, hardly edible nuts.

Keeping Cats Away From White Heart Hickory

Cats hate prickly or thorny surfaces. They like walking on smooth ground. Your cats won’t enjoy walking on the soil as much if you cover it with a layer of mulch.

Layering pebbles on top of your soil is an additional choice that offers two benefits. It will add a nice touch while preventing loose soil from flying in all directions. Just be careful not to cover the soil with too many pebbles so the water can still go through the soil.

Training your cats is the best way to keep them away from your plants. Just like dogs, cats can be trained. Time, patience, and consistency are all you need. You can teach your cats to stay away from the plants and to behave differently by providing them with the right incentives and rewards.

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.