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Is Slender Deutzia or Japanese Snow Flower Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Slender Deutzia or Japanese Snow Flower Toxic For Cats

Slender Deutzia, commonly known as the Japanese Snow Flower, is not toxic to cats.

This information is the result of collaborative efforts with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Their insights and knowledge have enabled us to provide accurate and up-to-date information about the potential risks associated with various plants, particularly the Slender Deutzia in this context. Further, our assertions are supported by extensive research from high-authority websites, including ASPCA and PetMD, both of which have classified the Slender Deutzia as a non-toxic plant for cats.

Thus, cat owners can rest assured and feel at ease when their feline companions come into contact with this beautiful shrub adorned with white fragrant flowers.

Can Cats Eat Slender Deutzia or Japanese Snow Flower?

Slender Deutzia and a cat nearby


While slender deutzia will not poison your feline companions, it can still cause indigestion and other GI issues if your cat has eaten a huge amount of the plant.

Cats are naturally carnivorous animals. They do not have the enzymes that can properly digest plant particles. As a result, they experience an upset stomach or indigestion after eating a lot of plants.

You should also be meticulous about how a plant was grown. Commercial fertilizers and pesticides may cause poisoning in cats as they tend to leave traces of toxic chemicals on plants. In case your cat has eaten a contaminated plant, it may suffer from poisoning. 

What is Slender Deutzia or Japanese Snow Flower?

Cat near Slender Deutzia

Slender deutzia is a flowering plant in the Hydrangeaceae family native to Central and Southern Japan. This plant has been also introduced to China’s north-central region, China’s southeast region, and in the United States particularly in Alabama, Georgia, and Maryland.

Slender deutzia is a 2 to 5-foot tall rounded deciduous shrub with slender spreading and draping stems. This Hydrangeaceae shrub has dark green leaves and produces dense clusters of white, bell-shaped, or star-shaped flowers in the spring. Its leaves are ovate to lanceolate with serrated margins and the stems are brown and smooth.

Slender Deutzia can be used in a Cottage Garden, border garden, foundation planting, or formal hedge. Because of its low growth, the cultivar ‘Nikko’ is regarded as one of the ideal Deutzia varieties. It is suitable for small gardens as it adds aesthetics because of its clusters of white flowers in the spring and burgundy foliage in the fall.

Keeping Cats Away From Slender Deutzia or Japanese Snow Flower

Cat lies near Slender Deutzia

Make a separate area of your yard for cats to use as a litterbox to keep them away from your garden. Plant some catnip near them so they can enjoy it. You’ll still need to clean up after yourself, but everything will be contained.

Use a motion-activated sprinkler to scare cats away. The sprinkler repels a variety of animals safely and effectively by releasing a sudden surge of water along with startling noise and motion when an animal is detected.

Cats prefer to poop and dig in loose dirt. Sharp-edged pine cones, holly cuttings, eggshells, or stone mulch can all be used as ground cover. If you place these objects on the soil, your cats will be put off by the rough materials.

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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