The nerve plant is classified as non-toxic by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and does not contain materials harmful to our feline companions. As a result, it can safely be grown in households with cats.
This article was collaboratively crafted with input from a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Their invaluable insights, combined with our meticulous research from high-authority websites like ASPCA and PetMD, ensure that our readers receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding the potential risks various plants pose, with a specific focus on the Nerve Plant in this instance.
Can Cats Eat Nerve Plant?
The nerve plant may be considered safe for kitties but this is not a pass that you can allow them to devour the plant anytime they want.
There are no poisonous elements found in the nerve plant but if a cat has eaten huge amounts of this plant, it may cause them to feel indigestion. Because cats are carnivorous species, their bodies cannot completely metabolize plant materials. As a result, they may suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. These signs will subside once your feline pal has ejected all the indigestible parts from his body.
As a cat owner, you should be also aware that chemicals used on plants may also cause danger to your felines. If your cat ingests or inhales a toxic particle from the plant care products, they can be poisoned and suffer from life-threatening conditions.
What is Nerve Plant?
The Acanthaceae family flowering plant known scientifically as Fittonia verschaffeltii is unique to the rainforests of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Brazil. It’s an evergreen perennial with dark green foliage and bright white or crimson veins.
It’s unusual to see a fittonia bloom in the home, and you might never see one blossoming there. When the Verschaffeltii Group blooms, it produces partially concealed 3″ inch flower spikes with small white to off-white flowers that may have a little reddish tinge. Growers are known to pinch them off since they are uninteresting, causing the plant to spend its energies on the foliage instead.
Keeping Cats Away From Nerve Plant
There are several products on the market that can deter cats and keep them out of your yard. Citronella is ideal for use because it is not only safe but also good at repelling other animals. You may also make cat repellent at home. Home remedies include citrus peels, cayenne pepper, chili powder, pressing raw onions on an area, and vinegar.
A moderate sprinkling with water from a spray bottle is another approach you may attempt to help cats lose their interest in your garden. Motion-activated sprinkler systems can also help to deter cats.
You could also construct an outside cat enclosure for your kitties. Not only will this rescue your garden, but it will help save birds and other species.