No, the Christmas dagger is not toxic for cats as well as for dogs and horses. It is included in the non-toxic plants’ list by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
It is safe for cats to be around this plant and it will not harm them if they touch or lick this plant. But, there are some important notes that cat owners should remember before letting their cats nibble on plants.
Can Cats Eat Christmas Dagger?
Cats tend to nibble on plants that pique their interest. If your cat has chewed on some Christmas dagger leaves, you should not panic. The plant does not have poisonous elements that can endanger your feline companions. However, you should not let them indulge in excessive amounts of Christmas daggers or any kind of plants because this may cause indigestion.
Plants are not suitable for cats because they are obliged carnivores. Carnivores do not have enough enzymes to properly digest plant materials. As a result, cats have difficulty digesting plant materials which leads to indigestion.
What is Christmas Dagger?
Christmas dagger is also known commonly as Christmas dagger fern and Christmas fern. This Dryopteridaceae plant is an evergreen perennial fern endemic to eastern North America. It is one of the most prevalent ferns in eastern North America and commonly grows in wet, shaded areas such as forests, stream banks, and rocky slopes. Its common name is derived from the evergreen fronds, which are frequently still green during the Christmas season.
Christmas dagger is an underground rhizome, woody, highly scaly-scruffy evergreen that may grow 2 to 3 feet tall in a fountain-like fashion. Its leaves are referred to as fronds. The fronds contain numerous leaflets and grow in a cluster immediately from the ground, thus there is no bark. There are no blooms produced. On the underside of the leaf, the fern produces black spores. In the spring, its silvery fiddleheads appear.
Keeping Cats Away From Christmas Dagger
You should train your cat to prevent your cat from getting near your Christmas dagger and other plants at home. You can try different methods of training your cats such as saying “no” or spraying water on them whenever they try to touch your plants.
You can also use items that cats detest like aluminum foil. Cats dislike the crinkly sound and texture of aluminum foil. If you place this over the soil near your plants or wrap it around your pots, your cats will avoid getting near them.
You may also use natural deterrents which can be commonly bought at pet supply stores. This will also help in preventing your felines from coming near your plants.
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.