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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
hi all, I have a rosemary plant that I would like to bring inside for the winter but I m afraid of my cats taking a nibble or more and getting sick. Does anyone know if rosemary is toxic or safe for cats? thanks!
post #2 of 13
I'm not sure.... The website I always go to for toxicity for kitties (http://www.i-love-cats.com/Health/toxic-plants.htm) lists Rosemary Pea as poisonous for cats. However, I have no idea what that is or if it differs from regular rosemary.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
thanks I saw the same thing mimzy, I'll have to do some research and see what the difference is.
post #4 of 13
Rosemary Pea and the Rosemary we use as a spice/herb are not the same. The Rosemary Pea is a legume and produces beans.

Rosemary (the herb) I see listed in cat food all the time. Plus, I don't think your cats would bother it much. Even the deer won't eat it here and they eat almost everything. IMO it would be ok to bring inside.
post #5 of 13
Rosemary is used as a breath freshener in cat treats and foods.
post #6 of 13
it is found in many foods for cats ... I caution as it can cause stomach upset in many cats
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
thank you everyone. it is the rosemary we use as an herb. i think i will bring it in and if we have any nibblers i'll watch for tummy upset and if so then out it goes.
post #8 of 13
I've had rosemary plants in my house for years and only one of my four cats has had a slight interest in it. I suspect that the scent turns them off, so you'll probably be fine.

On the other hand, I recently had to get rid of all of my blooming geraniums. I had no idea they were dangerous until I was adopting a kitten and was asked what sort of indoor plants I had. One of cats nibbled on their leaves all the time, with no ill effects. But with a tiny kitten in the house, those plants were instant history.
post #9 of 13
I know this is an old thread, but for anyone else looking: http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-poison-control/herbs.aspx
post #10 of 13

Rosemary should be okay if the cat gets a nibble or 2.  Rosemary is an ingredient in many cat foods as well as cat treats.
 

post #11 of 13

Have read all the chains on rosemary + cats.  I have a rosemary bush in the yard (1st time for me), and rub my hands in it to get the oil to use as a mosquito repellent (works...somewhat).  When I came into the house all three cats reacted as if I had rolled in catnip!!  Tried to lick off the oil, nibble on my fingers, rolled in my lap, etc.  It doesn't appear to be poisonous from all that I can find on the web.  Any thoughts?

post #12 of 13
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Rosemary Pea and the Rosemary we use as a spice/herb are not the same. The Rosemary Pea is a legume and produces beans.


Rosemary (the herb) I see listed in cat food all the time. Plus, I don't think your cats would bother it much. Even the deer won't eat it here and they eat almost everything. IMO it would be ok to bring inside.
I just brought in a few sprigs for a recipe and tossed the rest in the trash. Then I noticed my cats (7 out of 11) crowded the trash can lol
So I was looking on line to see if its toxic and came across this site
I still haven't figured out if its toxic or not but I joined the site anyway lol
post #13 of 13

I always look for the Latin name when researching plants. Because several different plants may share the same common name, I need to know which plant I am talking about. 

 

 

Three Plants Named Rosemary

 

Rosemarinus officinalis    Culinary Herb belonging to the mint family  EDIBLE HERB. Extract found in cat food. 

 

Abrus precatorius        Rosemary Pea  POISONOUS

 

Andromeda polifolia        Bog Rosemary POISONOUS

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

Cecelia

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