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Are Spider Flowers Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Spider Flower Toxic For Cats

Spider flowers (Cleome species) are not toxic to cats. In fact, authoritative sources such as the ASPCA have listed spider flowers as non-toxic plants for felines. While they are safe for cats, canines, and even horses to touch, it’s essential to understand that consuming any plant may lead to gastrointestinal issues or discomfort in pets.

This article is a result of a collaborative effort with a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine). Their invaluable contributions have enabled us to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding the potential risks associated with various plants, specifically the spider flower, and its effects on cats. Furthermore, we have extensively researched high-authority websites, including ASPCA and PetMD, to ensure that our readers receive the most trustworthy information on every plant discussed.

Can Cats Eat Spider Flower?

Cat near Spider Flower

While spider flower is safe for our feline buddies, it is not recommended for cats to eat this plant. It may not contain toxic elements but too much consumption of this plant can cause indigestion in cats.

The absence of enzymes in cats’ bodies is the primary cause of indigestion. Cats lack the enzymes necessary to digest plant particles because they are carnivorous species. Plants are therefore not really recommended for cat consumption.

If you have a sensitive cat, it is also possible that it will react differently after eating a spider flower. Each plant may have different effects on every cat. If your cat has a plant allergy history, it is best to keep them away from any kind of plant for their safety.

What is a Spider Flower?

Spider Flower with a cat nearby

Scientifically known as Cleome hassleriana, the spider flower is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cleome of the family Cleomaceae, and its scientific name is Cleome hassleriana. These plants were formerly members of the Capparaceae family, but they have since been identified as having distinctive qualities and are now under the Cleomaceae family. This plant was introduced to South Asia and is native to South America, including Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southeast Brazil.

Spider flowers are annual plants with spirally arranged leaves that can reach a height of 150 cm. They have leaf petioles that can be up to 15 cm long, and leaflets that can be up to 12 cm long and 4 cm wide. The spider flowers have six long stamens and four purple, pink, or white petals. 

Keeping Cats Away From Spider Flower

Cat sits near Spider Flower

Twigs can be used to cover cat-friendly garden soil until your spring plants are well-established. They should be spaced a few inches apart all over the plant bed.

As soon as you notice urine spray, wash the walls or doors in question. Cats mark their territory by spraying urine. To remove territorial markers and stop recurrent spraying, clean with an enzyme-based odor neutralizer.

Cats enjoy amusingly stalking prey. Make sure that cats won’t be attracted to the animals in your yard. Remove any clutter and brush that may be home to mice and other small prey that cats enjoy pursuing.

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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