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Are Aregelias or Bromeliads Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Aregelia or Bromeliad Toxic For Cats

Aregelia or Bromeliad is not toxic for cats. Aregelia is included in the list of non-toxic plants by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Aregelias also help to clean the air (purify volatile organic chemicals or VOCs) within your home that is released by paints, furniture, cleaning supplies, printers, copiers, and dry-cleaned garments, among other things. This makes this plant an ideal houseplant not only for cat owners but for everyone who likes greenery inside their homes.

Can Cats Eat Aregelia or Bromeliad?

Cat sits near bromeliad

Although aregelia is classified by ASPCA as a non-toxic plant, this does not mean that you can let your cat indulge in too much in the plant.

Sensitive cats may experience allergic reactions after eating aregelia. On top of that, cats have difficulty digesting plant materials. This is because felines are generally meat-eaters and lack the required enzymes to process plant matter in their stomachs.

Also, fertilizers are commonly used by growers to encourage plant development. Some of these fertilizers may contain hazardous substances which can harm your cats. If these chemicals are present in the aregelia plant that your cat has ingested, he or she may experience poisoning symptoms.

What is Aregelia or Bromeliad?

Bromeliad and cats

Aregelia is also known for its many other common names such as Blushing Bromeliad, Bromeliad, Crimson Cup, Marbled Fingernail, Miniature Marble Plant, Neoregelia, Ossifragi Vase, and Striped Blushing. 

Scientifically known as Neoregalia from the Bromeliaceae plant family, Aregelias are tropical plants known for their distinctive leaf, tenacity, flexibility, and ease of care. They are little plants that grow from 2 inches to 1 foot tall and up to 2 feet broad. Their leaves are frequently speckled, banded, or marbled, with spines around the borders. When the core leaves are about to blossom, they will typically become crimson.

Aregelias can withstand temperatures ranging from 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and require a sunny location in the house for the optimum leaf color. The flowers are little and emerge in the middle vase, opening a few at a time with tubular blossoms. This plant is commonly grown for its leaves rather than its blooms.

Keeping Cats Away From Aregelia or Bromeliad

Bromeliad Plant with a cat in the background

Cat owners should put their plants in a place where cat’s cannot access. You can also try using natural deterrents or try the aluminum foil trick. Cats are not fond of the crinkly feel and smell of aluminum foils so they usually avoid it.

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.

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