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cats and christmas cacti

bandita's human
November 28th, 2010, 03:58 PM
anyone know if it's safe to keep a christmas cactus in a cat environment?

November 28th, 2010, 05:18 PM
According to the ASPCA, Christmas Cacti are non-toxic:

November 28th, 2010, 06:52 PM
SCM...they are? I thought they were toxic. I thought I remembered reading on one website they were toxic so I always watched the kitties around the one I have. It was a baby from my Grandmother's who has been gone since the '60's so I didn't want to get rid of it. So it's good to know I don't have to worry anymore!! :thumbs up

Floppy Dog
November 30th, 2010, 09:47 PM
There are 2 plants commonly called "Christmas Cactus". One is actually not a cactus at all. Please get the Latin name of the plant you want to buy and check that with the Vet. The Latin name is the only sure way to know if a plant is non-toxic to cats.

November 30th, 2010, 11:00 PM
Taken from:

Are Christmas Cactus Plants Poisonous to Cats?

While the ASPCA states that Christmas cactus--Schlumbergera bridgesii---is non-toxic to cats and dogs, pets should not be allowed to eat the stems or flowers. Growers may treat the plant with systemic insecticides. Additionally, the sap can be a feline allergen.

Every nursery/greenhouse sprays with different insecticides. So while the plant itself may not be considered poisonous to cats the insecticides used could well be. Is it possible to put the plant(s) in a place the cats can't reach or in a room the cats aren't allowed?

I believe this is the plant you were thinking about. It is the one commonly sold in this area as a Christmas Cactus.