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Is Zinnia Toxic For Cats?

Is Zinnia Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, the ASPCA Poison Control Center categorized zinnia species as non-toxic plants for cats.  These attractive flowering plants don’t contain any dangerous elements that could hurt our feline friends.

Even though zinnias are considered to be a safe plant, it’s still important to keep your cat as far away from them as you can.

Can Cats Eat Zinnia?

When cats eat a lot of zinnias, their digestive systems become uncomfortable, and they develop stomach upset. Cats are carnivorous animals, so plants are challenging for them to digest, which is the main cause of indigestion.

Although the effects of zinnias are thought to be relatively mild compared to some plants that cause severe adverse reactions, caution should still be exercised.

The reaction of your cat depends on the amount of food consumed as well as the cat’s health, age, and immune system status.

If you also use fertilizers or pesticides on your plants, you should be aware that some of these products can cause poisoning to your cats. Since some plant care products contain toxic chemicals, there are chances that your cat may ingest these residues particularly if they love nibbling on your plants.

What is Zinnia?

Zinnias are Asteraceae plant members that are native to Mexico and the United States. They are distinguished by their lone, brightly colored flowers on long stems.

The majority of species have stems that are upright, but some have a lax habit of spreading stems that mound over the ground’s surface. Usually, they grow between 10 and 100 cm tall (4″ to 40″).

Zinnias are simple to grow and have the potential to produce large, colorful blooms. They are annual plants that prefer to sprout from seed in their natural environment because they detest being transplanted.

Zinnias favor full sunlight and enough water, much like daisies. They will quickly expand under ideal circumstances, but because they are delicate to frost, they will perish after the first frost of the fall.

Keeping Cats Away From Zinnia

You might consider using mustard as a deterrent to prevent your cats from eating your zinnias at home. Spray some mustard that has been diluted in water on the plants that your cat is damaging. Every two days or so, apply the solution peat again.

Alternatively, you can substitute pepper for the mustard. Simply dissolve two tablespoons of crushed fresh pepper in hot water for a few minutes before filtering.

The only drawback is that the pepper smell does not last very long. As a result, you’ll need to sprinkle the solution on your plants more frequently.

Cats dislike lemons and citrus fruits in general (like orange or tangerine). Bring a liter of water to a boil with a teaspoon of lemon or orange zest, then steep for ten minutes before filtering.

Once the finished mixture has cooled, spray it all over the areas where you don’t want your cats.

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.