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Is Chinese Plumbago Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Chinese Plumbago Toxic For Cats

Chinese plumbago is listed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as a non-toxic plant for cats. It is also classified as non-toxic for dogs and horses.

It is safe to grow this plant even if you have felines around. Chinese plumbago does not contain hazardous substances that may cause danger to cats. 

However, although it is categorized by ASPCA as a non-toxic plant, this does not imply that you can let your cat consume this plant regularly.

Can Cats Eat Chinese Plumbago?

Chinese Plumbago with a cat nearby

Yes, cats can eat Chines Plumbago provided that it is only a small portion. A bite of Chinese plumbago will not cause life-threatening effects in cats. But, due to the fact that cats are carnivorous animals, you should not let them eat Chinese plumbago as part of their daily meal.

You should also be aware that all chemicals used on a plant may cause harm to them. Always check the labels of commercial fertilizers, insecticides, and other products that you use on your plants before using them.

What is Chinese Plumbago?

Chinese Plumbago and cats

Chinese plumbago is a flowering plant endemic to western China. This plant is a member of the Plumbaginaceae family and is botanically known as Ceratostigma willmottianum. It is a one-meter tall decorative deciduous shrub with pale blue plumbago-like blooms that appear in October as the leaves begin to turn red. Ceratostigma is a Greek word that means “horned stigma.” This word refers to the ‘shape of the stigmatic surface.’

Ceratostigma willmottianum is grown in gardens for its late-season crimson foliage and gorgeous blue blooms. It is a deciduous shrub with thin, bristly mid-green stems and green leaves with purple borders that become vivid crimson in fall. It has beautiful cobalt-blue blooms from late summer through fall when many other flowers have faded.

Keeping Cats Away From Chinese Plumbago

Cat sits near Chinese Plumbago


Whether a plant is toxic or non-toxic for your cat, it is best to keep your cats away from your plants.

Try using aluminum foil and double-adhesive tapes on your potted plants. Wrap aluminum foil or double-sided adhesive tape around your plant pots to prevent your cat from touching them. Cats do not like these items because of the texture and smell.

Training your cats is also a great way of preventing them from touching your plants. If your cats love going outdoors, it is advisable to limit their access outside.

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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