Are Boston Ferns poisonous to cats? No, Boston Ferns are not poisonous to cats. The ASPCA listed them as non-toxic to both cats and dogs. This means it is a safe non-toxic plant that you can have inside and around your home.
Ferns That Are Toxic To Cats
There are several ferns that are toxic to cats, the most common one seen is the Asparagus Fern which is highly toxic to cats and should be avoided by them. If you suspect you have ferns around the house or looking to buy one please check the ASPCA website to verify if that particular species of Fern is toxic to pets.
Boston Fern Information
Boston Ferns are a popular non-toxic evergreen plant that grows up to 40-90 Centimeters in height. It is also known as the Sword Fern.
This plant grows commonly in humid forests and swamps throughout Florida, South America, Mexico, and Africa. They have exported to other parts of the world as decorative indoor plants thanks to their ability to thrive indoors with little care and their safe, non-toxic nature makes them popular for pet owners.
These plants are great to hang in baskets on the porch or walkway. They do require some frequent misting for humidity.
What To Do If My Cat Eats One?
If you happen to find your cat eating or spitting out Boston Fern leaves, don’t panic because like mention above they are generally safe plants. Sometimes too much can cause some stomach irritation but the real damage is usually done to the plant instead of the cat.
To keep your cat from getting into your plants you can simply add vinegar to the water you spray with. This will make the plants undesirable to the cats.
Treatment for Fern Poisoning in Cats
If your cat does happen to eat a fern that is poisonous then it is advised that you take your cat to your local veterinarian office for further evaluation and treatment. Usually, treatment involves a medication to induce vomiting which will help remove the plant that is in the stomach to prevent future poisoning.
Next, they will give activated charcoal which helps absorb any leftover fern in the system. Last will be some IV fluids which will keep your cat hydrated and flush their system of the toxins.
Signs of Possible Toxic Plant Exposure
If your cat starts to have sudden vomiting, drooling, and pain after eating a plant it is very possible that your cat could have plant poisoning. You need to call the Pet Poison Hotline: 855-764-7661 or get your cat to the veterinarians’ office.
If you have cats you may want to opt into getting rid of toxic plants around the house and get some safer indoor plants.
Below are some good safe alternative plants to have in your house –
Sweet Basil Plants
This is one of the few herb plants that are safe for cats. They make for great additions to your indoor or outdoor garden.