Are Sunflowers Toxic to Cats?

Are sunflowers toxic to cats? 

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are non-toxic to cats.

What are sunflowers? 

  • Botanical name: Helianthus annuus
  • Common names: Sunflower, Annual sunflower, Mirasol, Common sunflower
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic
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Sunflowers (Helianthus) is a genus of approximately 70 species of flowering plant of the aster family (Asteraceae). They are native to North America but are grown throughout the world for their flowers, seeds and oil. The prominent feature of the sunflower is its yellow flowers which are popular in gardens.

All parts of the sunflower are non-toxic, which makes them ideal for gardens or as a cut flower in households with cats.

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