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Is Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid Toxic For Cats

Easter Cattleya is non-toxic to cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), so it won’t harm your feline companion. This ornament is an orchid and the ASPCA assures us that orchids are not toxic to cats. And this goes for all varieties of orchids.

Can Cats Eat Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid?

Cat tries to touch Easter Orchid

While eating orchids may give your curious kitten a stomachache and maybe induce vomiting, the ASPCA informs us that orchids are not hazardous to cats. This is true of all orchid kinds.

Keep in mind that pesticides and fertilizers may be detrimental to your cat, so only use what you’re sure is safe.

What is Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid? 

Easter Orchid and cats

The Easter orchid (Cattleya mossiae) is a purple-pink flowering orchid native to Venezuela. It is a species of labiate Cattleya orchid. The white-flowered variation is sometimes called as Cattleya wagneri.

This species blooms in the spring, often between March and May. It’s a medium-sized Cattleya with a unifoliate (one leaf per bulb) growing habit.

When the light levels are perfect, the leaves will be lime green in color and grow best in bright, indirect light. It belongs to a group of orchids that have a strong fragrance. It has a distinctive aroma that is both intense and sweet. This perennial herb can be grown in hanging baskets because it has a self-supporting growth type.

Keeping Cats Away From Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid

Easter Orchid with a cat trying to sniff it

You’ll need to take a multi-pronged approach to keep your cats away from your orchids. Begin by keeping plants and flowers out of reach of your pet. Hang window planters, use wall-mounted vases for flower arrangements, or put your plant collection in a place where your cat is not allowed.

If none of these options are viable, consider making a simple vinegar and water spray. After ensuring that it is safe for the species, apply it to your plants or flowers. If this doesn’t work, you can use cinnamon or cayenne pepper to coat the foliage of your plants as a greater deterrent.

You’ll need to provide a more appealing option for your cat in addition to preserving the plants and flowers you don’t want him to munch on. Grow cat grass in a container that they can access at all times, and make sure they feel safe and secure in their surroundings.

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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