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Is Duffii Fern or Lemon Button Fern Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Duffii Fern or Lemon Button Fern Toxic For Cats

Duffii Fern, also known as Lemon Button Fern, is not toxic for cats.

To ensure the accuracy and reliability of this information, we collaborated with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Their expertise and insights allow us to provide up-to-date and accurate knowledge regarding the potential risks associated with various plants, specifically the Duffii Fern, and their impact on cats. Additionally, our conclusions are further backed by extensive research on high-authority websites such as ASPCA and PetMD.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Duffii Fern is included in their list of non-toxic plants for cats, as well as for dogs and horses.

Can Cats Eat Duffii Fern or Lemon Button Fern?

Duffii Fern with a happy cat in the background

There is nothing to worry about if your feline has eaten a portion of duffii fern or lemon button fern. Cats may be drawn to the plant’s unique foliage and may get curious to have a nibble on it. However, this does not mean that you can just let your cats get their way and eat as many duffii ferns as they can.

As obligate carnivores, cats’ bodies lack enough enzymes to digest plant matter properly. This means that when they eat large amounts of plants, it can cause them to suffer from indigestion. That’s why it is not a good idea for cats to feast on duffii ferns or even any kind of plants.

Commercial fertilizers and pesticides are also a factor when a cat eats a plant. When a cat eats a portion of a plant with chemical residue from these products, it may lead to toxicity. 

What is Duffii Fern or Lemon Button Fern?

Duffii Fern and cats

Duffii fern is a fern found in the tropics and subtropics of Asia. It has spread to other parts of the world and is considered invasive in other places. It is distinguishable from other ferns by the subterranean tuberous structures it develops.

It is scientifically named Nephrolepsis cordifolia ‘duffii,’ and is also popularly known as Duffy Fern and Lemon Button Fern. This plant is native to Australia and rarely grows taller than a foot, making it an excellent fern for most terrariums.

This tropical fern prefers regular moisture but does not thrive when buried in a wet substrate. Because Duffii fern produces shallow but thick roots, it’s critical to choose a nutrient-rich medium that holds moisture while also draining properly.

Keeping Cats Away From Duffii Fern or Lemon Button Fern

Duffii Fern and a cat nearby

To safeguard both your plants and feline companions, you should make ways to prevent your cat from getting near your plants. 

To start training your cats, you can spray water on them when they try to approach your plants. Cats do not like water so it is a good way of deterring them. Make sure that your cat will associate the spraying water with the plants and not with you. Otherwise, your cat will avoid you and not your plants.

You can also use natural deterrents which are available in pet supply stores. Or you can also create your own deterrent by mixing vinegar with water. Cats hate the sour odor and taste of vinegar so they also avoid it.

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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