Yes! Yucca is toxic for your feline pet, every part of the Yucca plant including leaves, cane, flower, and roots is considered poisonous for cats. So, it is recommended to not have this plant in your house if you want to make your place safe for cats.
Yucca: Plant Profile
Yucca is a plant that commonly grows in deserts, and in recent times has gained huge popularity as ornamental plants, mainly because of its edible flower, seeds, fruit, stem, and some breeds of roots. The Yucca plant is also used for some pharmaceutical purposes because of its medicinal values.
People mistook Cassava for Yucca because of their similar appearance, but they are very different from one another. Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, whereas Yucca, a perennial shrub is from the Asparagaceae family.
Its bluish-green sword-like leaves, cane-like stem, and white flower make Yucca a stunning garden plant. The reason for them being pest disease and pest resistant, people love to have it in their homes.
Is Yucca Plant Poisonous For Cats?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Yucca is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Post consuming Yucca your pet can suffer from various health issues, the most common symptoms will include vomiting, dilated pupils, drooling, weakness, dyspnea, tachycardia, etc.
Why is Yuccs toxic to cats?
The toxicity in Yucca plants from cats is because of the presence of steroidal saponins in the plants. It is a glycosidic compound that helps the plant to protect itself from insects and fungus. Steroidal saponins in large amounts can lead to intestinal upset which is the common symptom of toxicity in cats, therefore this plant is considered poisonous for plants.
According to DMV360, other plants which consist steroidal saponins and are toxic to cats are:
- Corn plant
- Dragon tree
- Money plant
- Lucky Bamboo
- Tulip bulb
Yucca for cats
Even though the Yucca plant is poisonous for cats, the purified extract is completely safe for your feline pet. This extracted form of Yucca is used in various medicines, some of the popular brands that include these extracts are:
1. Yucca Intensive
The steroidal saponins present in Yucca are a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This is beneficial for digestion bone-joints and skin of cats, dogs, and horses. It can be the best medicine to use when your cat is having an allergy because it works the same as steroid medications.
Just use one drop per ten pounds of your kitten weight, twice and day. For serving you can dilute it in warm water, wet cat food, or apple juice.
2. NHV Yucca
Since NHV Yucca contains sarsasapogenin and smilagenin, it is great for boosting a cat’s appetite, reduce any sort of pain, support immunity. Some cat foods such as Natural Pate Flavors also contain Yucca.