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Is Pilea Toxic to Cats? Vet-Reviewed Houseplants Examined

Pilea Microphylla plant
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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Christian Adams

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Just when you think you’ve seen everything as a pet owner, your furry friend does something new to throw you for a loop. That’s what happens to tons of cat owners every year when they notice that their feline friend is eating different plants in their home.

The good news is that if your cat did eat a pilea plant, it’s completely non-toxic to cats and is a great plant to keep in your home if you have pets!

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Is Pilea Toxic to Cats?

Pilea microphylla is completely harmless to cats, so it’s perfectly fine to keep around the house even if you have multiple cats that like to munch on plants.

Even better, if you do find that your cat ate part of a pilea plant, you don’t need to rush them to the vet to treat them. In short, whether you’re worried that your cat will eat pilea or you notice that your cat did eat pilea, there’s not much that you need to do.

Cat in garden
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What to Do If Your Cat Keeps Eating Pilea Plants

Just because pilea isn’t toxic to cats doesn’t mean you want to have your cat chowing down on it. While your pilea plant won’t harm your cat, your cat can harm the plant!

There are a few different things that you can do to try to keep your cats off your plants if you find that they’re eating them.

First, you can put something around the plant that has a texture that the cat doesn’t like. Tinfoil is an excellent example.

The second option you have is to put a deterrent on the plant. There are specific sprays that you can use to deter cats, or you can add a vinegar-and-water solution.

Finally, you can simply move the plants to a place where the cat can’t reach them. One of the best ways to do this is by putting the plants in hanging pots.

pilea microphylla in the pot
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Other Plants That Are Safe Around Cats

Just because you have a cat that likes to chew on plants doesn’t mean you can’t safely have any plants in your home. Here are highlighted a few different cat-safe plants:

  • Basil
  • Candle plant
  • Cilantro
  • Easter lily cactus
  • Hawthorn
  • Hibiscus
  • Petunia
  • Rosemary
  • Spider plant
  • Thyme
  • Wax plant
Chantilly Tiffany Cat in the garden
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This isn’t a comprehensive list, as there are plenty of other household plants that are perfectly safe for you to keep around your cat!

Plants to Avoid Around Cats

If you have a cat that likes to munch on plants, the last thing that you want to do is have toxic plants around. Here are a few different plants to avoid having around your cat.

  • Aloe vera
  • Bird of paradise
  • Chinese jade
  • Easter lily
  • Holly
  • Hydrangea
  • Lily of the valley
  • Morning glory
  • Parsley
  • Poinsettia

But this is far from a comprehensive list. Before you bring any plant into your home, run it against this comprehensive list from the ASPCA that highlights what plants are toxic and which ones are safe around cats.

Pilea involucrata-Plectranthus verticillatus
Credit: Mokkie, Wikimedia Commons

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Final Thoughts

Just because pilea is completely safe to have around pets doesn’t mean you want your cat eating it all the time. Don’t freak out if they eat a little, but still do what you can to keep them from eating more.

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About the Author

Christian Adams
Christian Adams
Christian is the Editor-in-Chief of Excited Cats and one of its original and primary contributors. A lifelong cat lover, now based in South East Asia, Christian and his wife are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son and four rescue cats: Trixie, Chloe, Sparky, and Chopper.

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