What Succulents Are Safe for Cats?

What Succulents Are Safe for Cats
What Succulents Are Safe for Cats

Succulents are adorable plants that are easily placed outdoor or indoor. In most cases, succulents are good choices in adding ambiance inside the house.

However, not all succulents are safe for pets, especially cats. Some succulents can be poisonous to pets. So you might be wondering what succulents are safe for cats?

In this post, we will be sharing different types of succulents that are pet-friendly.

Types of succulents that are safe for cats

There are a number of succulents that are safe for pets. The following list contains those types of succulents:

Sempervivum is a succulent plant that can act as a groundcover. They are easy to grow because they can adopt in both cold and hot environments.

Burro’s Tail also known as Donkey’s tail is commonly found in Mexico. It can grow in many types of soil that have drainage.

Haworthia Fasciata resembles the color of the zebra because of its horizontal white ridges that attach to its leaves which makes it attractive. It is a common indoor succulent.

Echeveria is popular because of its rose-shaped leaves. It can grow in semi-desert regions in Central America. It is a beautiful plant that comes in different colors and can survive in drought.

Opuntia species has paddle-shaped leaves because of its flat appearance, it also filled with tiny spines. Some opuntia plants are edible.

Aeoniums can vary from different sizes and colors that mostly found in Morroco and East Africa. Its leaves ha waxy textures and look like rosettes.

Graptopetalum Paraguayense or Ghost Plant is a plant that depends on its color under the sunlight. It has a long stem with thick leaves and mostly found in Mexico.

Beaucarnea Recurvata or Ponytail Palm Tree is a succulent that is like a tree because of its long trunk and long leaves that look like hair. It is easy to care and can adjust to a different amount of sunlight.

Gasteria has its name because of its flower that looks like the shape of the stomach. It has long and thick leaves and doesn’t need much sunlight. It is good in an indoor setting.

Mesembryanthemaceae or Lithops is a popular type of succulents because of its rare characteristics. It has leaves that can grow in pairs. The growing process of this succulent is slow and can tolerate high and cold temperatures but not for a long time.

Are Succulents Poisonous to Cats?

Not all succulents are poisonous to pets, but some have toxic that you needed to be aware of. Some can be found in an outdoor and indoor setting. Here are some examples of poisonous succulents to pets:

Jade Plant (Crassula Argentea) this plant may look appealing to us, as well as to our pets but we must keep away our pets from this succulent plant because it can cause vomiting, lethargy and low heart rate to them.

Aloe Vera is known for its multiple benefits but it can be a toxic one for your pets once they ingested. The toxic substance is called alloin which pulls extra water into our pet’s colon.

Fiddle Leaf (Philodendron Bipennifolium) is a popular low maintenance house plant. But all of the parts of this plant contain insoluble calcium oxalates crystal which is an irritant to the tissues and could irritate the mouth of the pets which results in vomiting and difficulty in swallowing.

Snake Plant is an easy-care house plant that can adapt to any growing conditions but this plant contains saponins which can cause mild toxicity, with symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea if ingested.

Euphorbias are also toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. It is commonly known as poisonous succulents.  If eaten by pets, it can cause skin irritation, rashes and sometimes vomiting.

Kalanchoes are toxic to cats and dogs. If pets accidentally eat this plant it can cause them vomiting and abnormal heart rhythm.

7 Healthy Edible Succulents

If there are poisonous succulents, there are edible too. The following are the examples:

Saguaro can be a desert decoration and is the state flower of Arizona. The tribe from Arizona used these plants to make jams and syrups for their ceremonial wines. Saguaro is high in fiber, vitamin C and B12.

Opuntia can be boiled or grilled and used in salads and soups. It can be eaten raw. This succulent is rich in fiber and calcium, high in vitamin C and low calories.

Stonecrops has a bitter and pepper flavor that can be added into salads and stir-fries. But too much ingestion of this plant can cause stomach upset though. Some sedums of this plant needed to be cooked because of the mild toxic that it contains. It can lower blood pressure.

Sea Beans can be found in beaches with sand and can also be found in many grocery stores across the country. It has the same texture as asparagus. It is high in protein, calcium, iron, and iodine.

Dragon Fruit came from night-blooming cactus known as the queen of the night because of this bright pink color. It has subtle taste and less sweet than kiwi. It can be added to smoothies and shakes. It is low in calories and high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.

Ferocactus/Barrel Cactus is completely edible. It has a fruit that looks like a small pineapple. It can be eaten raw and slightly taste like lemon or kiwi. It is high in vitamins A and C.

Burro’s Tail is native to Mexico and it is easy to grow perennial succulent and it can tolerate any types of weather and soil with good drainage.

Zebra Haworthia leaves are thin, dark green with white horizontal ridges that resemble zebra striping. It is also an indoor plant, low maintenance and it produces offsets freely and offsets can be propagated easily.

What to do when a pet eats a toxic succulent? When your pet ingests a toxic succulent, you must rescue as fast as you can. The pieces of plant that in the mouth of the pet should be removed and wash the face around with water. Quickly call an Animal Helpline and describe the appearance of the plant to help them give instructions on what to do next. Or, visit the nearest veterinary hospital in your area.


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