Is The Mother Fern Poisinous To Cats? - Knowledgebase Question

Lorain, OH
Question by rawknya
June 5, 2002
I heard the mother fern was bad incase your cat maybe took a bite out of it??
-Christian


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2002

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A quick search of several databases of poisonous plants beginning with the Cornell University listing and related links

http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/p...

did not bring up any references to Asplenium bulbiferum or mother fern. However, this could simply mean there are just no cases reported.

In general, it is not a good idea to allow a cat to nibble on your houseplants (for both the plants and the cat), so perhaps you can cage the plants or keep them in a separate room if you have a cat who likes to eat them routinely. Some people have had success using a commerical repellent sprayed on the plants to train the cat to leave the plants alone.

If you have a concern about a cat eating something it shouild not have, it is usually a good idea to call the veterinarian right away and get an immediate answer in case emergency measures should be taken.

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