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Are Carrot Ferns Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Carrot Fern Toxic For Cats

Carrot fern is non-toxic to cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Cats are generally safe around most ferns. Even if cats consume carrot ferns, they are often safe.

Can Cats Eat Carrot Fern?

Cat sits near Carrot fern

Carrot ferns are safe for cats to eat or touch. You don’t have to rush your cat to the doctor right away; simply keep a watch on any symptoms that appear. Carrot ferns are safe for cats, however, big amounts should be avoided. If your cat consumes too many of these plants, it may get intestinal issues. This will be unpleasant, but in healthy cats, it is unlikely to cause long-term problems or death.

What is Carrot Fern?

Carrot fern and cats

Carrot fern (Onychium japonicum) is also known for its other names like Claw fern, Sichuan lace, Onychium japonicum ‘Sichuan Lace’, and Japanese claw fern. It’s a deciduous, perennial fern with exquisite fluffy fronds that resemble carrot leaves. It’s native to Asia and thrives in the deep shade of woodland places. Carrot fern is a clump-forming fern that grows up to 45cm tall with wiry, black stems bearing upright to arching, feathery-looking fronds with up to three times divided leaflets.

Keeping Cats Away From Carrot Fern

Carrot fern with a cat in the background

Even though carrot ferns are not toxic to cats, the ASPCA recommends that cat owners keep their felines away from any houseplants, regardless of toxicity. Cats eat houseplants for a variety of reasons, including boredom or being attracted to the fluttering leaves.

You don’t need to remove all ferns from your house or yard. Instead, be cautious about where you place your ferns. Hanging baskets are a great way to keep your ferns safe from your cat while also looking lovely in your home. Ferns can also be used to decorate high shelves.

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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