Pet parents, taking the safety of their furry family member as a top priority, are sometimes hesitant to bring home flowers and indoor plants, some even going as far as to refusing stunning flower arrangements sent to them.
Rumor has it, that orchids are particularly poisonous to our feline friends. But according to experts, there is no truth to this at all.
As a matter of fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) actually listed phalaenopsis orchids among many flowers and plants that are non-toxic to dogs, cats, and even horses.
However, in the event that your cat does nibble on your favorite orchid plant, he or she might suffer from an episode of stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is your cat’s body driving the foreign matter out of its system.
Still not a pretty picture to come home to, right?
How To Keep Your Orchids Away From Cats
We all know how curious and determined cats are when they have their eyes on something. Here are some tips and tricks that you can try to keep your exquisite orchids and adorable pet safe from each other at the same time.
- Create an orchid or plant oasis at home where you can keep all your prized plants together. This can be your sunroom or any room around the house that gets flooded around with sunlight during daytime. Make sure this room has a door and that it’s always shut to prevent your kitty from wreaking havoc.
- Dust orchid leaves with cinnamon powder or cayenne pepper. Your cat hates this smell and will, therefore, leave your precious orchid plant alone in peace.
- Vinegar and water combo. Mix your own natural cat-repellent spray made with these two ingredients and spray it on orchid leaves. Like cinnamon and cayenne, it is said that kitties abhor the smell of vinegar.
- Try hanging pots and hooks. Not only are orchids 10 times more attractive from this angle, but it’s also cat-proof.
While we’ve, once and for all, established that Phalaenopsis orchids are non-toxic to most four-legged pets, the same cannot be said about other types of plants. We recommend taking the proactive steps above to be on the safe side.
Also, ask your vet for plants that may affect your specific cat’s health and instructions on what to do in case of emergency.