Is Spider Plant Toxic to Cats?

Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by Julia Wilson

Is spider plant toxic to cats?

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are non-toxic to cats.

About spider plants

  • Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum
  • Common names: Spider plant, Airplane plant, Ribbon plant, St. Bernard’s lily, Spider ivy
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to cats

The spider plant is a common ornamental houseplant that is popular for its ease of care. Spider plants produce small offsets (baby spider plants, or pups) at the end of the leaves which are easy to propagate.

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The spider plant is resistant to almost all pests and diseases, it likes to grow in partial sun to partial shade. Water when the top 3 cm of soil has dried out.

While the spider plant may be non-toxic to cats, fertilisers and pest control used on or around the plant may be potentially toxic. Many cats find the ribbon-like leaves appealing to chew on and the pups make a great toy (well, to my cats at least). There is mention that spider plants contain a mild hallucinogen similar to catnip, but have not been able to find any credible information on the validity of this claim.

If you find your plant is being destroyed by the cat, consider a hanging basket or moving it to a room the cat cannot access.