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Are Rose Petals Poisonous to Cats?

By Tracy Hodge ; Updated July 21, 2017
cat beside rose bouquet

Cat owners often worry about the safety of the plants and flowers inside their home and in their garden. The rose, however, is a flower that is safe to have around cats.


two beautiful pink roses

Cats that ingest rose petals will not suffer toxic effects because the rose is not poisonous to cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ingested plant material often causes undesirable gastrointestinal symptoms, however.


cat with veterinarian

Cats that ingest rose petals may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and depression, states Snik Snak.com. However, these symptoms should be short-lived and mild. Suffering from ongoing symptoms requires a visit to the veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


woman making outdoor rose bouquet

Cats won't suffer from serious effects from eating rose petals, however, keeping them away from your plants is a good idea. Injuries can occur from ingesting the thorny parts of the rose bush and reactions to chemicals and pesticides can occur, as well. Keeping catnip or wheatgrass available for cats to nibble on won't harm cats, and may squelch the urge to eat other plants.


About the Author


Tracy Hodge has been a professional writer since 2007. She currently writes content for various websites, specializing in health and fitness. Hodge also does ghostwriting projects for books, as well as poetry pieces. She has studied nutrition extensively, especially bodybuilding diets and nutritional supplements.