Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are among some of the most popular houseplants. Not only are they easy to care for and simple to propagate, but they also add a unique flair to any space with their dangling offshoots. T
Although these plants are very popular and draw attention when situated on a shelf, table, or in a hanging planter, many people wonder if it is safe to keep these plants around their pets—especially curious cats. So are spider plants toxic to cats? Thankfully, this common household plant is considered nontoxic to cats as well as dogs.
It is important to note, however, that just because spider plants are nontoxic to cats doesn’t mean you should allow your cats to eat away at your spider plants. Cats are not meant to eat large amounts of vegetation. Like any other plant, if a cat ingests large amounts of a spider plant, it can cause an upset stomach or vomiting.
With this in mind, it is a good idea to keep your spider plant out of your cat’s reach. This is especially true if your cat has a history of eating the foliage or roots of your houseplants.
Why Do Cats Like Spider Plants?
Although cats are not meant to eat large amounts of vegetation, it is quite common to find them nibbling on grass or plants. If your cat is kept inside and is not able to access grass outdoors, he may see the spider plant as an easily accessible alternative to grass.
Besides simply satisfying the urge for some greens, the shape of the spider plant is no doubt extremely enticing to a cat. The foliage is spiky and flowing, and the offshoots of the plant look much like a dangling cat toy. When your plant produces these offshoots, it is no wonder your cat wants to bat it around and even chomp down on it.
How to Prevent Your Cat From Eating Your Spider Plant
Here are some ideas you can try to keep your spider plant safe along with your other plants.
One of the best ways to keep your spider plant safe is by potting it in a hanging planter suspended from the ceiling. This way, the plant can be positioned high enough that your cat cannot reach it. This works best when the hanging plant is kept away from nearby furniture such as an armchair or shelf. Since cats are notorious for climbing, any nearby furniture may enable your cat to reach for the dangling offshoots of your spider plant.
In addition, you can lessen the appeal of a spider plant by providing your cat with alternative dangling toys. For example, try giving your cat a designated play structure with hanging items to bat.
If your cat simply wants to graze on some greens, try your hand at growing catnip or provide designated cat grass trays. These are simple to grow and are meant to be eaten by cats. This is a great option to satisfy your cat as well as keep your houseplants safe.