Last Updated on October 6, 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.
Some cats can become quite obsessed with spider plants. On a personal note, I had to remove mine and put it outside as the cats were destroying it, they did the same with my ponytail palm. Many cats are attracted to the plants with long slender leaves.
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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).
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.
Is spider plant a mild hallucinogen to cats?
According to multiple websites, spider plant is mildly hallucinogenic to cats. Unfortunately, there are no references to actual studies to validate this claim. My own non-scientific attempt to see this holds some merit didn’t seem to back up this claim. Admittedly, it was a small sample size of three cats all of whom sniffed the broken leaf and carried on as normal.