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Is Salad Burnet Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Salad Burnet Toxic For Cats

No, salad burnet is not toxic for cats. Salad Burnet  has  been deemed “pet-friendly.” It has no reported toxicity to dogs, cats, and horses according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). But moderation is key. Too much plant material may cause digestive upset

Can Cats Eat Salad Burnet?

Salad Burnet with cats

Using  Salad Burnet near your cats is safe. Many herb species are safe for your furry buddy to enjoy, which is fortunate because some felines will happily munch on your herbs and plants. 

Despite the ASPCA’s helpful list of non-toxic and hazardous plants, you shouldn’t give a new plant to your cat unless you’ve first spoken to a veterinarian about its safety. Your pet may be more susceptible to the negative effects of even a harmless herb if they have an allergy or other health issues.

What is Salad Burnet?

Sleeping cat lies near Salad Burnet

Salad Burnet is an edible perennial herbaceous plant in the family Rosaceae. The distinctive crimson, spherical flower clusters stand considerably above the leaves on narrow stems, and it has ferny, toothed-leaf foliage. It typically reaches a height of 25 to 55 cm (depending on moisture; in dry locations, it can reach as low as 2 cm). Due to its huge, long (possibly 1 m or 3 feet) taproots that store water, it is drought-tolerant.

It is evergreen or semi-evergreen; in warmer areas, it grows all year round; in colder climes, it retains its green color until a significant amount of snow has fallen. Early June is when burnet blooms.

The salad burnet is a native of Siberia, northwest Africa, southwest Western Asia, and western, central, and southern Europe. Since the 16th century, it has become naturalized in Britain, although it is not native. Most of North America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand have also adopted it. Generally speaking, it coexists with other plants and increases species diversity without becoming invasive.

Keeping Cats Away From Salad Burnet

Cat lies under Salad Burnet.jpg

Although it won’t be much fun for the gardener, covering bare ground surrounding plants with prickly materials like coarse bark, twigs, pyracantha prunings, pine cones, conifer needles, and holly leaves will offer some protection. Cats prefer to dig in and stroll on soft, flexible soil.

For cats with delicate feet, a plastic carpet runner can act as a deterrent. Place your plant on top of the runner after flipping it over so the small cleats that help it grip the carpet now point upward. Even though the cleats are harmless, most cats won’t like feeling their paws pricked.

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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