Are African Violets Poisonous To Cats
African violets are one of the most popular houseplants. They’re beautiful, easy to grow and can thrive in almost any environment. However, if you have cats and don’t want them getting into your African violets — or any other plants that could be poisonous — there are steps you can take to keep your cat out of trouble.
Are African Violets Poisonous To Cats?
As you’ve probably already guessed, African violets are not poisonous to cats. However, there are several things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your kitty safe around these plants:
- African violets have a pleasant odor that attracts cats. If they’re interested in getting a closer look at the plant and perhaps even trying to nibble on it themselves, be sure to keep them out of reach so they don’t get into trouble with your plant.
- Sometimes, pets can even eat an entire leaf of African violet (which isn’t good for them). Luckily for both you and your cat—and for the health of your plant as well—it’s unlikely that this would happen unless you leave a leaf accessible for him or her on purpose.
- The leaves of African violets contain oxalic acid, which may cause mild discomfort if ingested by humans or felines but is generally harmless if consumed by either species. Cats who eat too many leaves may experience vomiting and stomach upset; thus far there hasn’t been any evidence showing any other symptoms associated with consuming these leaves in moderate amounts (less than five per day) over an extended period of time..
How to Keep Your Cat Out of the African Violet
The first step in keeping your cat out of the African violet is to make sure you have a cat-proofed room. The best way to do this is by using a room that is already cat-proofed. If you don’t have a safe place for your cat, there are options available for making one. Some people use baby gates and other tools to block off rooms and keep their cats from entering them, but these can be expensive and time consuming depending on how many doors they need to block off and how large the rooms are. Instead, some people may want to consider building an enclosure around their window or doorways so that it’s just big enough for their cats but too small for them to fit through if they try jumping up against it or squeezing through cracks between boards (which happens more often than you think).
Give Them Their Own Space
- Provide a cat bed or cat tower
- Provide a cat tunnel or cat cave
- Provide a cat scratcher
- Provide a litter box
- Provide treats and toys
If your cat has a tendency to get into trouble and you want to keep them away, give them their own special place.
If your cat has a tendency to get into trouble and you want to keep them away, give them their own special place. Cats are curious animals by nature, so they’re going to explore whether you want them to or not. If they’re in a room with plants and flowers, they will climb onto tables and shelves just because they enjoy being up high. If they’re in a room with food on the countertop, they’ll stick their heads into pots or bags of flour just because those things smell interesting!
If your cat has its own special space where it can safely play and eat without getting into trouble, then it won’t be as likely to try climbing up onto tables or counters looking for something new.
If you’re not sure whether or not your cat should have access to your African violets, we suggest that you err on the side of caution and keep them out of reach. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!