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Is Shrimp Cactus Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Shrimp Cactus Toxic For Cats

Shrimp cactus is not toxic for cats. In fact, it is listed as a non-toxic plant by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). However, it’s essential to emphasize that while shrimp cactus is safe for cats and dogs, this does not mean pets should be encouraged to consume it.

This article has been crafted in collaboration with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Their invaluable insights and expertise enable us to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the potential risks associated with various plants, specifically the shrimp cactus, and their effects on cats. Moreover, our findings have been cross-referenced with high-authority websites such as ASPCA and PetMD to ensure the utmost accuracy in our assessments.

Can Cats Eat Shrimp Cactus?

Shrimp Cactus with a black cat

Eating a small amount of shrimp cactus is not poisonous for cats. They can touch, lick, or nibble on this plant however, you must not let them eat huge amounts of shrimp cactus or any kind of plants.

Cats lack the enzymes required to process plant materials in their stomach. They will suffer from indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues as a result of eating too many plants. They may exhibit stomach upset symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms usually go away once the plant matter has been expelled from the body.

What is Shrimp Cactus?

Cat sits near Shrimp Cactus

Scientifically called Schlumbergera russelliana, shrimp cactus is native to the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. It is commonly found in moist forests where it grows on trees as an epiphyte. It is also known for its other common names such as Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, and Easter cactus.

Shrimp cactus has leafless green stems that act as leaves to perform photosynthesis. The stems are composed of flattened segments that measure 0.5 to 1.5 inches in length and 1/2 to 3/4 inches in width. These segments have a few notches on the sides. Pink flowers with a “flower inside a flower” appearance are produced by the plant.

Today’s shrimp cacti are mostly hybrids of Schlumbergera russelliana and Schlumbergera truncata. These plants have over 200 cultivars, each with a distinct flower color.

Keeping Cats Away From Shrimp Cactus

Cat sniffs Shrimp Cactus

Building a barrier is another useful method for keeping cats away from houseplants. If possible, wrap the plant pots in aluminum foil. You can also use the foil to cover the soil near your plants in your garden. Cats will avoid your plants because they are put off by the surface and odor of aluminum foil.

Cat repellent spray also works great to keep cats away from your houseplants. One can be purchased at pet supply stores. You can also try making your own deterrent by combining vinegar and water. To ensure that there is no damage, as with any other type of spray, test it on a few leaves before sprinkling it on the entire plant.

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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