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Are Dainty Rabbits-Foot Ferns Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Dainty Rabbits-Foot Fern Toxic For Cats

Dainty Rabbit’s Foot Ferns are not toxic to cats. In fact, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and other high-authority websites such as PetMD, these ferns are safe for both cats and dogs.

This article has been written in collaboration with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Leveraging their expertise, we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the potential risks associated with various plants and their effects on our feline friends. While these ferns are non-toxic, it’s worth noting that cats are often drawn to their fuzzy rhizomes and may find them enticing to play with. Rest assured, cats can interact with these ferns without harmful effects.

Can Cats Eat Dainty Rabbits-Foot Fern?

Cat stands near Dainty Rabbit’s Fern

Cats enjoy playing in the fuzzy sections of dainty rabbit’s foot fern. This fern is safe for cats, regardless of how often they maul it. It’s good to know they can eat and slumber comfortably in this fern. This does not mean they should eat big amounts of the plant on a daily basis, but if they eat a fern leaf or two every now and then, they should be fine. If they eat an entire fern, however, they may experience stomach trouble.

Be also cautious with using fertilizers and pesticides on your beloved plants. If your cat happened to eat a portion of the plant with chemical residues, it may cause toxicity.

What is Dainty Rabbits-Foot Fern?

Dainty Rabbit’s Fern and cats

The Dainty rabbit-foot fern (Davallia fejeensis) is part of a genus of 40 epiphytic plants that grow on trees or in rock crevices, drawing moisture and nutrients from sources other than soil, such as air, rain, trees, and other detritus. It is originally from Southeast Asia and Fiji.

Because of its fronds (which grow upright) with gauzy or lace-like leaflets, the fejeensis is easily recognized as a fern. The little leaves are held in place by wiry stalks that emerge from the visible rhizomes. This species’ major feature is its hairy, yellowish-brown rhizomes that creep over the pot.

The plant grows fuzzy, fleshy roots that grow on the surface of the soil and cling to the pot’s edges as it matures. These rhizomes, which don’t want to be buried in the ground, are covered in brown hairs that resemble rabbit feet. The rhizomes produce huge, triangular-shaped fronds.

Keeping Cats Away From Dainty Rabbits-Foot Fern

Dainty Rabbit’s Fern with a cat trying to sniff it

Plant placement should be considered carefully. Keep your hanging baskets away from your cat’s reach. A colorful fern looks great on a high shelf, out of reach of prying paws.

With positive reinforcement, you may easily educate your cat to avoid plants. Give your cat a little treat if he or she stays away from the plants. This will teach them that good things happen when they keep away from the plant.

You can also try diluting vinegar with water and spray it on your plants. This will deter your cats and keep them at bay.

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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