is bamboo safe for cats

Many common plants are poisonous to pets, but bamboo is not one of them. Bamboo is non-toxic to dogs, cats or horses. If your pet encounters a poisonous plant, through ingestion or topical contact, you should be prepared with an emergency kit to treat potential serious effects.

Lucky bamboo is actually a kind of flowering plant called Dracaena Sanderiana, not bamboo itself. There are toxic “bamboo” house plants and non-toxic ones.

Given the recent excitement surrounding lucky bamboo, I wanted to warn pet owners who may be considering purchasing lucky bamboo or who may have already done so.

Here is a site that lists what types of house “bamboo” are safe and which are toxic.

Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has consumed lucky bamboo or any other type that you believe may be toxic. Normally, toxicity is mild to moderate, but in rare cases, it can cause a coma or even death. Some common signs of ingestion:

christmas cactus pet safeDon’t panic…unlike other types of cacti, Christmas cacti don’t have spikes or toxin dangerous to pets. Christmas cacti are small potted plants with small, colorful blooms. As suggested by their name, these plants flower around December, which is often a welcome pop of color during the winter.

The striking, vibrant, tropical plant known as a bromeliad is distinguished by its large, long green leaves and vividly colored, pineapple-like flower.

It’s probably best to go with small, potted bamboo plants unless you have an atrium or a courtyard; however, bamboo is safe for cats and dogs and adds an exotic aesthetic in addition to being a detoxifier.

Indoor-performing palms, like bamboo, areca, or dwarf date palms, give your house a touch of elegance and texture. Furthermore, these palms increase oxygen levels in the air in your house while eliminating a number of common toxins.

succulents safe for petsSucculents are a favorite of many who cultivate indoor plants. Among the pet-safe varieties are burros tail (sedum morganianum), haworthia, hens and chicks, echeveria, rosettes, etc. Some are, however, toxic. Before you get a new succulent or other plant, review the list of toxic plants available here on the ASPCA website.

FAQ

What happens if my cat eats bamboo?

For true Bambusoideae species of bamboo, it is non toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Fun fact: Foliage of bamboo can contain up to 22% protein, so it’s even good for them! Protein content varies from species to species and even varies depending on the age of the leaves.

Is bamboo scent toxic to cats?

True bamboo is a subfamily called Bambusoideae. This is considered a safe plant to keep or grow around pets, including cats and dogs.

Is lucky bamboo safe for pets?

Let’s cut to the chase: Lucky Bamboo is toxic to cats. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, especially considering how this plant can jazz up your living room.

Do cats like the smell of bamboo?

Cats are notorious for being picky about scent sand prefer lush, green scents like bamboo.