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Is Echeveria Poisonous to Cats? Vet Approved Facts & Safety Tips

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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Echeveria is made up of about 150 different species of succulent plants from the Crassulaceae family of plantlife. These plants are native to places like Texas and Argentina, but some varieties can be found in places like Hawaii.  Echeveria plants tend to be part of many households throughout the southern United States and South American countries.

Echeveria plants can easily grow in the wild where they are indigenous, so it makes sense that cats will come into contact with them. However, what may not be so clear is whether Echeveria is poisonous to cats or if it is safe for them to be around. The Echeveria is a succulent that is safe for cats. We put together all the information that you need to know about Echeveria and cats right here.

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Echeveria Is Not Poisonous to Cats!

According to the ASPCA and other outlets, the Echeveria is not poisonous to cats in any way. These are hardy succulents that almost always take a top spot on the list of succulents that are safe to grow around cats and dogs. They are easy to grow, they have striking features, and they won’t get ruined if your furry family member decides to nibble on them.

There are no psychological or physical side effects to worry about if your cat eats some Echeveria, and it doesn’t result in a cat “spacing out” like they might after sniffing or nibbling on catnip. Echeveria is also more eye-appealing than many other cat-safe plants.

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Types of Succulent Plants to Consider Growing in Your Household

There are many different kinds of succulent plants that your cat can safely live with and that you can adore. One such option is the Echeveria Elegans, also known as the Mexican Snowball. It has blue-green coloring and produces cute pink flowers during its blooming season.

Other options include:
  • Echeveria pulvinata
  • Aeonium canariense
  • Gasteria
  • Sempervivums
  • Sedum morganianum

Any of these options will be great additions to a home garden, with or without cats living there. Try growing a variety of Echeveria to enhance the look and feel of your indoor or outdoor landscape.

Keeping Your Cats Away From Plants

Just because Echeveria is safe for cats doesn’t mean you necessarily want your kitty messing with your plants. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to keep your feline family members from clawing at and munching on plants.

Try one or more of the following suggestions:

  • Utilize Citrus Peels. Cats don’t like the smell of citrus and will generally stay away from it whenever possible. Placing citrus peels in the soil around your plants should keep your kitty from trying to mess with them.
  • Hang the Plants. Consider hanging your plants from the ceiling or window sills in your home where your cat cannot get to them.
  • Add Catnip Plants. Growing a couple of catnip plants in your home will give your cat their own plants to chew on, so they are more likely to leave the others alone.
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A Quick Recap

Echeveria plants are beautiful and easy to grow and happen to be safe for cats. Therefore, there is no need to worry about growing these plants indoors unless your kitty tends to mess with them in some way. In that case, there are things that you can do to keep your cat away from your Echeveria plants at home.

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About the Author

Rachael Gerkensmeyer
Rachael Gerkensmeyer
Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.

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