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Thursday - May 01, 2008

From: Windsor Locks, CT
Region: Northeast
Topic: Poisonous Plants
Title: Is Echinacea poisonous to cats?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is the echinacea plant poisonous to cats?

ANSWER:

Neither the lists of "plants poisonous to cats" on the web page for the Cat Fanciers' Association or on the web page for CatHelp On-Line lists Echinacea sp. Nor, is it listed on the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School Poisonous Plants database or on the Poisonous Plants of North Carolina database. If you google "plants poisonous cats", you can find other lists of plants considered poisonous to cats, but I didn't find Echinacea listed on any of the ones I checked. You can certainly check them out yourself to be sure that it doesn't appear on any list.

 

 

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