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Cat - safe climbers

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by nightofjoy, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. nightofjoy

    nightofjoy Gardener

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    Hi.

    We're looking for an alternative to sweet pea that is non-toxic to cats.

    We did have a single sweet pea last year climbing a section of fence, not knowing they can be toxic. The risk may be small but we do as a rule try not to plant anything which may be harmful.

    So just climbers, please & thank you.
     
  2. Victoria

    Victoria Lover of Exotic Flora

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    I always have Sweet Peas and, more importantly, I always have cats. :cat-kittyandsmiley:

    Sadly, probably 90% of what is in our garden is poisonous to our beloved furry friends. I must say, I don't know about Clematis as I can't grow it here.

    I am sure someone knowledgeable will come along shortly and advise you.


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    • KFF

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      Hu @nightof ,

      These are all cat safe.....

      Lonicera ( Honeysuckle )
      Passiflora ( Passion flowers )
      Tropaeleum ( Nasturtiums - annual or perennial )
      Parthenocissus
       
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      • shiney

        shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

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        We have had many threads about this subject. :blue thumb:

        This was my answer on one of them (five years ago):-


        "Cats, especially, are extremely good at knowing which plants are no good for them. They don't eat poisonous plants and rarely go near lilies growing outside.

        They occasionally get problems with seeds from grasses, and similar plants, getting in their eyes and paws - but this is very rare. Unlike dogs, cats are pretty good at getting those sort of things out of their paws with their rasping tongue. They seem to instinctively avoid getting things in their eyes and, I think, tend to have their eyes almost closed when walking through potential problem plants.

        In other words, cats are pretty good at looking after themselves and you shouldn't worry.

        If you have lilies as houseplants you should cut off the pollen bearing stamens - which you should do anyway because they can stain your clothes and carpets."

        And this is from another one 16 years ago (not mine):-

        If you really want to scare yourself, take a look at:

        http://www.realgardeners.co.uk/goodbadpois/poisonous_plants.htm

        http://www.horseweb-uk.com/features/plantmain.htm

        http://www.takingthelead.co.uk/2/Health/poisonplants.htm

        There is even a CD-ROM from Kew http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/data/poisplts.html

        Perhaps the BBC has a more balanced view: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/poisonousplants1.shtml

        I know that I grow many toxic plants in the house and garden. Do you know them too? Thing is that most of these poisonous plants are also highly effective medicines. Forewarned is forearmed and the real risk is to children, pets and livestock.

        Don't have nightmares ;)
         
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        • Scrungee

          Scrungee Well known for it

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          Some cats use clematis stems as a scratching post, but some mesh around it will prevent it.
           
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