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Is Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
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Is Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya Toxic For Cats

No, creeping gloxinia or maurandya is not toxic to cats.

This article has been crafted in collaboration with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). With their expertise, we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the potential risks associated with various plants, with a focus on Creeping Gloxinia in this instance, and their effects on feline health. Our research encompasses high-authority sources such as the ASPCA and PetMD, and it’s noteworthy to mention that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recognizes Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya as being non-toxic to both cats and dogs.

Can Cats Eat Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya?

Creeping Gloxinia and a cat nearby

During playtime, cats may nibble on houseplants such as maurandya. If your cat manages to nibble on your maurandya, don’t worry; it’s a cat-safe plant that doesn’t cause poisoning.

Despite the fact that this plant is categorized as non-toxic, it can still induce stomach discomfort in your cat, resulting in diarrhea, vomiting, and a very sore tummy. 

What is Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya?

Creeping Gloxinia and cats

Creeping Gloxinia (Asarina erubescens), commonly known as Maurandya, is a delicate climbing plant with bright pink (or white) deeply throated flowers that cover the shrub in deep color.

This Mexican Native plant is a relative of the foxglove. It is not related to gloxinia plants. Once established, creeping gloxinia is a stunning display of hot pink or white flowers and soft, velvety foliage. The vine can reach a length of 8 feet (2 meters) and twines itself with anything in its upward growth. The triangular leaves are delicate and inviting to touch.

Butterfly and hummingbirds love the tubular, funnel-shaped blossoms that grow to be 3 inches (8 cm) long. It is an evergreen plant in USDA zones 7 through 11, although in cooler climates, it is planted as a summer annual, blooming all season until the first frost.

Keeping Cats Away From Creeping Gloxinia or Maurandya

Maurandya plant with a cat in the background

Even though creeping gloxinia is harmless for cats, we don’t want our cats to eat those lovely ornaments. Cats dislike getting wet. Keep a full spray bottle near your plants and spritz the cat if it approaches restricted areas. Citrus repels cats, so place an orange peel on top of the dirt. They are quickly bored, so provide them with plenty of toys to play with.

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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