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post #1 of 12
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 12
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 12
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 12
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 12
Rosemary is used as a breath freshener in cat treats and foods.
post #6 of 12
it is found in many foods for cats ... I caution as it can cause stomach upset in many cats
post #7 of 12
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 12
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 12
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 12

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 12

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?

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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
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