Golden Lace Orchids are not toxic to cats.
To ensure the credibility of this article, it has been written in collaboration with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Through their expert insights, we provide accurate and up-to-date information on the potential risks associated with Golden Lace Orchids and their effects on feline companions. Furthermore, our findings are supported by thorough research from high-authority websites like ASPCA and PetMD.
According to the ASPCA, Golden Lace Orchids, much like other orchid species, are deemed safe for cats, as well as dogs and horses.
While cultivating Golden Lace Orchids at home is safe for households with cats, it’s essential to consider their interaction. Though the plant itself isn’t harmful, the consumption of any plant can sometimes lead to digestive disturbances in pets. This article delves deeper into the implications of cats ingesting these beautiful blooms.
Can Cats Eat Golden Lace Orchid?
Yes, cats can eat a tiny portion of the golden lace orchid. It is also safe for them to lick, touch, and bite on a golden lace orchid. But, it is not recommended to be included in a cat’s regular diet.
Our feline companions are obligate carnivores. Because of that, their bodies do not have the enzymes that can completely digest plant matter. As a result, they can have indigestion or stomach upset if they have eaten a lot of plants.
What is Golden Lace Orchid?
The golden lace orchid is also known as the jewel orchid. The plant belongs to the orchid family (Orchidaceae). The velvety foliage of golden lace orchids, also known as jewel orchids, ranges in color from bronze to black and includes white to maroon veins. The silky, suede-like multicolored leaves are not as large as those of other orchids.
Golden lace orchid stems are essentially pseudobulbs, making them extremely easy to reproduce. These stems crawl down the ground, spreading the plant as they go by roots into the leaf litter.
Golden lace orchids are native to Southeast Asia, where they thrive in the deep shadow of the tropical understory, but they are grown as a houseplant all over the world. The plant is only hardy outside where winter temperatures stay above freezing, so if you live in a tropical environment, consider growing it outside as a ground cover behind a huge shade tree.
Keeping Cats Away From Golden Lace Orchid
To keep your feline buddies away from your golden lace orchid, you can try using aluminum foil. You can try putting the foil over the soil just near your plants. The cats will avoid the area because they are not fond of the crinkly texture and sound of aluminum foil.
You may also use double-sided sticky tape as a hack. Cover your pots with double-sided adhesive tape, exposing the sticky side. Cats dislike the sticky material, therefore if they come into contact with it, they will abandon their plans to damage your plants.
Still, the best way to prevent your cat from coming near your plants is to discipline and teach them. This method will benefit you the most and your pants will thank you, too!