Celosia Spicata or commonly called Flamingo Flower and Wheat Celosia is a non-toxic plant for cats. It is included in the ASPCA or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals list of non-toxic plants for cats, dogs, and horses.
Whilst Celosia Spicata does not contain toxic elements that can endanger your cats, it does not mean that you can be complacent and let your cats eat Celosia Spicata up to their heart’s content.
Can Cats Eat Celosia Spicata?
Cats can eat a small portion of Celosia Spicata. This will not cause them to suffer from long-term illnesses or fatalities. But, as a general reminder, an excessive amount of plant materials is not good for cats. Due to the fact that felines are carnivores, their bodies cannot properly digest plants. In case they consumed large portions of plant matter, it may lead to indigestion.
Cat owners should also watch out for the chemicals used on plants. As much as possible, use natural and cat-friendly deterrents to prevent poisoning in your cats.
What is Celosia Spicata?
Celosia Spicata is the botanical name for Flamingo Feather or Wheat Celosia. It is a summer annual or short-lived perennial that is planted as an ornamental for its unusual, upright flower spikes that resemble a sheaf of wheat, thus the popular name wheat celosia. Its silvery-pink, wheat-like flower plumes make it appealing in the garden and in dry arrangements.
Celosia Spicata branches grow with numerous robust stems to make a bushy yet open, upright plant. The plant can grow to be two feet wide and three feet tall. Celosia Spicata has alternating, medium to dark-green leaves which might be speckled or burgundy in color. The leaves are about two to six inches long, smooth and whole, oval or lance-shaped, and heavily veined.
The Celosia genus from the Amaranthaceae family is native to Africa, North America, and South America. Most cultivars are edible and used as a food source. Some varieties are also cultivated as ornamental plants.
Keeping Cats Away From Celosia Spicata
Aside from protecting your cats, you may want to protect your plants from your cats’ paws and teeth. We are giving you some tips on how to protect your plants from your cats.
Your cats will be more interested in your plants if they are placed in a large container that can be mistaken for a litter box. You may try replacing your plant boxes with smaller plant pots.
Keeping your cats engaged indoors is also important. Mentally stimulated cats are less likely to take interest in your houseplants.
Use deterrents or make your plants undesirable by spraying vinegar solution on them. Cats detest the sour smell of vinegar.