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Is Toad Spotted Cactus Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Toad Spotted Cactus Toxic For Cats

The Toad Spotted Cactus is not toxic for cats.

This conclusion is not solely based on our research, but is also supported by the findings of a team of experienced DVMs (doctors of veterinary medicine) with whom we collaborated closely to ensure the accuracy and relevance of this article. In addition to drawing on the expertise of these veterinary professionals, we also thoroughly researched high-authority websites, such as ASPCA and PetMD.

The ASPCA specifically lists the Toad Spotted Cactus among plants that are non-toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Thus, you can confidently grow this plant in your household, assured in the knowledge that it poses no harm to your feline friends.

Can Cats Eat Toad Spotted Cactus?

Cat sits near Toad Spotted Cactus

While the toad spotted cactus is safe for our feline friends, this does not mean that cats may consume them. It will not cause life-threatening effects if your cat has nibbled a tiny portion of this plant. But, consuming excessive amounts will lead to indigestion.

Indigestion makes your cats feel uneasy and uneasy. They may experience nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Nonetheless, these symptoms usually disappear once the organic materials have been removed from their bodies.

If you are using plant care products like pesticides and fertilizers, make sure to use the natural ones and analyze the contents first before using them on your plants. These products may harm your cats due to their toxic chemical contents.

What is Toad Spotted Cactus?

Toad Spotted Cactus and a cat

The toad spotted cactus is an Apocynaceae plant native to South Africa, specifically in the Western Cape region. In southern Australia, this plant is regarded as an invasive species.

Scientifically known as Orbea variegata, the toad spotted cactus is a leafless perennial succulent that reaches heights of 10 cm and widths of 50 cm. It has toothed stems that resemble cacti, and its highly variable, star-shaped, off-white or yellow flowers strongly flecked with maroon can reach diameters of up to 8 cm. The flowers may have irregular or symmetrical markings. They have a central pentagonal annulus surrounded by five lobes that can be pointed or blunt corona.

Toad spotted cactus is formerly known as Stapelia variegata. It also goes by a number of common names, including the toad plant, toad cactus, carrion flower, and starfish plant.

The toad spotted cactus is not closely related to the true cactus family. Since it cannot withstand freezing temperatures, it needs protection when grown as an ornamental plant in temperate climates.

Keeping Cats Away From Toad Spotted Cactus

Toad Spotted Cactus with a cat nearby

Terrariums are an excellent investment. Not to mention that they are stunning and would make an excellent addition to your home’s decor. 

Terrariums in glass containers will protect the succulents and cacti from any potential predators. Just make sure you get a heavy enough container that your cats and dogs can’t tip it over.

Spray repellents are available at almost any gardening or pet store. They are simple to use and will not harm either the plant or your fur babies.

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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