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Are Calla Lilies and Ferns Hazardous to Cats?

January 23,1998
selket wrote: Hi,
Are Calla Lillies bad for cats or boston ferns. You have some great gifs and letting us have them for free is extraordinarily nice. . Will use the fairy/roses bar in my homework. Am building a home page for computer class. Just what I was looking for.
Calla lily
All parts of the Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are toxic to animals. That doesn't mean you should get rid of all of your Calla though, unless there is a problem with your cat being interested in it.
Normally a cat would only be interested if he discovered how much fun it was batting the leaves about. If that's the case, try staking the plant, and tying it up to keep the leaves out of kitties reach.
If in fact your cat does seem inclined to chew on the plant, and you are unable to isolate the plant from the cat, it might be necessary to get rid of the plant. Perhaps you could give the plant to a catless friend.
Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exalta) On the other hand, are an entirely different story. Your cat will do far more damage to the plant, than the poor little fern does to your cat. Boston ferns are not toxic. However your cat could possibly get a stomach ache if he decided to munch a little to much.

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