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Are Bromeliads Toxic to Cats? Vet-Reviewed Houseplants Examined

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Rachel Giordano

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Bromeliads are plants that are easy to grow and add a tropical vibe to the inside of your home. Even if you’re a beginner at growing plants or don’t have a green thumb whatsoever, these plants do not take much to keep healthy and vibrant.

If you’re a cat owner, do you wonder if you can have these beautiful plants inside? Are they toxic to your feline fur baby? The answer to this question is no, they are not toxic to cats, or dogs, for that matter.

Even though they are non-toxic1, you still don’t want your cat to chew on them often for the plant’s sake and your cat’s tummy. If your cat eats the plant often or ingests a significant amount, it could cause an upset stomach2. It could also eventually kill your plant.


How to Keep Your Cat From Chewing on Bromeliads

As we’ve mentioned, bromeliads are not toxic, but that doesn’t mean you should let your cat feast on the plant. There are ways to keep your cat from eating the plant, and they are as follows:

  • Keep the plant out of your cat’s reach
  • Use repellent sprays that are safe for the plant and your cat
  • Use coffee grounds at the base of the plant. This also helps fertilize the soil.
  • Provide your cat with its own plant that is safe, such as cat grass
  • Plant your bromeliad outdoors

Which Plants Are Most Toxic to Cats?

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If you’re a plant lover and a pet parent, you need to be aware of toxic plants that are a no-no to have around your kitty. Here’s a list of plants to avoid:

This is not a complete list of toxic plants to cats. If ever in doubt, always check before adding any type of plant to your home to ensure your cat’s safety.

Which Plants Are Non-Toxic to Cats?

While there are many plants that are toxic, there are many plants that are not. Check out the list below of a few non-toxic plants that are safe and will add a nice touch of décor.

  • African Daisy
  • African Violet
  • American Rubber plant
  • Spider plant
  • True Palms
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Peacock plant
  • Areca Palm
  • Money Tree
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Lady Palm
  • Bird’s Nest Palm

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Final Thoughts

Just because you’re a cat parent doesn’t mean you can’t have indoor plants. Indoor plants add lovely décor to our homes and provide health benefits, such as reducing stress levels, helping us recover from illnesses faster, boosting productivity, and improving the home’s indoor quality.

Remember to check if a particular plant is safe before adding it to the inside of your home and use safe methods to keep your cat away and keep your plants alive.

Featured Image Credit: Chesna, Pixabay

About the Author

Rachel Giordano
Rachel Giordano
Rachel Giordano is a Pensacola, Florida-based musician and writer. She lives with her partner and their two dogs, Sophie, a Boston Terrier, and Aero, a Border Collie/Sheltie mix. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and loves writing about all types of cat breeds. When she’s not writing about cats, she loves to write suspense/thriller novels. A musician by night and writer by day, she enjoys sharing her knowledge of the needs and requirements of our furry friends.

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