Today is medical day and I thought I would do a little contest. As you all know, my Sammy is a Cat Scout and this weekend he took his third Botany exam and passed 🙂 The Cat Scouts need to pass 3 out of 5 exams to earn a Botany Badge. I am proud to say he has passed 3. This past exam was extra hard because in addition to identifying the plants, they had to know if it was toxic to kitties or not. They were allowed to refer to the ASPCA website that lists toxic and non-toxic plants. It is such a great site, I want everyone to know about it. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
I am very over-protective of my kitties so I keep everything away from the except cat grass and catnip. I do have some houseplants in the dining room which is a no kitty zone( complete with a door lock and chicken wire to keep them out). I thought it would be fun to take some photos of my house plants. Now for the fun part, the first person to identify what they are and if they are toxic to cats or not will win a prize. You can use the link above or any other source you need. I checked the ASPCA site and these are all listed, but not all have photos. Just list your answers 1-6 in the comments and put T or NT after the name of the plant.
1. 2. 3. 4. ( I took this photo in May when it bloomed) 5. I thought I would throw in a couple outside ones too-just the single bloom(not the blue)
6. Not the red or yellow flowers- just the big plant
And here are those tummies as promised:
Wow, my human knew most of those! She doesn’t remember the name of the first one but she used to have a few before she realized that she killed every plant she took home. The second is a spider plant, the third is a jade plant (I ate a jade leaf once and the ASPCA poison control line said it wouldn’t harm me), she thinks the fourth is an amaryllis, she has no idea about the fifth (she is especially bad about IDing outside plants) – and I knew the sixth one! It is catnip and definitely kitty friendly!
I’m sure somebody can do better than my human and I so I’ll just leave it at that.
I will list the answers tomorrow, but Pipo and Minko got them all 🙂 You did very good though and got all the ones you answered correct. I am glad you knew the catnip.
Your tummy is snuggle worthy!
List of plants…
Number one seems to be a prayer plant Maracanta, which is OK to kitties, as the listing states.
Number two is a spider plant, chlorophytum, and kitties like to nibble on it, it may be mildly toxic, apparently it has some hallucinogenic properties…go figure. So maybe just be careful and keep it out of reach in case you have a kitty that may react badly to it. However it is deemed no toxic according to the ASPA site.
Number three is a Crassus, a jade plant, this is listed as toxic. We did not know that…
Number four is an amaryllis, those are very toxic. Too bad they are so pretty.
Number five is a climates we think, it is also listed as toxic.
And number six is the plant, we love…catnip or at least we think it is at least it is a mint family’s plant. Not toxic, just the thing for kitties, MOL!
That was fun!
You win!!!! You really know your plants. I am going to send you a crocheted catnip ice cream cone and a chicken leg. 🙂
Wow! Thank mew!!
We see that auto correct changed some of our other words, too, like clematis and crassia
You’re welcome- I will try to mail out your prizes tomorrow. I need to make the chicken leg though 🙂 I knew the words you meant- auto correct can be a pain.
Oh dear, we didn’t follow your rules about T or NT…MOL
And *both* tummies are snuggle worthy…Meowmy needs to pay more attention or go to bed…nighty night!
That is OK- you got them all 🙂 You won!!! Good job! I understand, I never read all the directions on anything.
You know… I should be a lot better at these! MOL I grew up and live on a nursery. 2 is an Airplane plant (aka Spider plants I think some people call them). 3 looks like some sort of succulent. 4 is an amaryllis. and 6 is catnip!
Good job with the ones you answered 🙂 I never heard the spider plant referred to as an airplane plant- interesting.
I see I’m too late to be FIRST for your “botany test” (!!!!!) but what a cute idea to do that…………we have only a few houseplants – most of our plants are outside but our INSIDE things are out of reach anyway. I have no interest in eating plants though – I’m a grass-eater but that’s about it! HAPPY TUMMY DAY!
Phoebe is jealous you get to go outside and eat fresh grass- she needs to depend on me to grow her some and you saw what happened to it. XO
OH!! I can’t get enough of those tummies!!!
I love that you’ve so many plants! I’ve also taken all of mine away when I got my cats. I do have a seperate cat-free room, but I’m never there myself. Seems pointless to buy flowers.
I remember reading you got rid of yours and you chopped up the aloe and froze it- good idea. 🙂
Those are lovely tummies! I recognised the amaryllis, the spider plant and the catnip, but that was it.
Thank you Flynn 🙂 That was good, you got half of them correct.
We don’t have any live plants in our house but we do have catnip! Hey, nice tummy!
Glad you have nip 🙂
Great job on passing the botany quiz…OliverHughes has now passed three as well. I think we will try to do all five in case there is extra credit 🙂
Great tummy shots too!!
Congratulations to Oliver! I can’t take the stress of another test, oops, I mean Sammy can’t 🙂
guys…we will say one iz diffenbachia = T
two iz a spider plant knot related two de taran tula spider tho = NT
three four & five we iz cloo lezz on
six bee cat mint….we think…bring on de partee !! 🙂
You kitties know your catmint 🙂
This is all stuff that is soooo good to know, unfortunately we didn’t know any of it till now!
Noodle and crew
Noodle and crew
That ASPCA is a great website to know about, but I am sure you would never eat a plant Noodle- unless it was catnip.
Well as usual weez too late, but those awe all bootyful Mommy luvs da purrayer plant. She used to have one till da flood. She lost all hers inside plants duwin’ dat whole mess. Luv da fotos. Have a gweat day.
Dezi and Lexi
I wish you lived near me because I have a lot of prayer plants, they keep multiplying like rabbits 🙂 Sorry your Mommy lost all her plants. XO
As long as I can remember we have not had any indoor plants. Mom has her flowers on the deck now since we moved — all out of our reach except for the catnip and cat grass.
Your Mom is smart 🙂
Hi Pilch kitties. We are a little late on the computer today. First….CONCATULATIONS Sammy on passing the last Scout Botany Quiz.
Second those are great tummies. Mom wants to huff them……lol.
Sammy thanks you 🙂 Glad you like the tummies- huff away 🙂
We know definitely the spider plant and clematis. The big plant looks like a herb. You should have saved some of these for this week’s theme of Nature.
Yes, I should have saved some, but I have more 🙂 The big plant is good old catnip 🙂
Yummy tummies!!! I have such a black thumb when it comes to plants 🙁
Glad you like the tummies. My hubby is the gardener, but I manage to keep these houseplants going.
I know I am too late to win but I did know them all! I also have almost all of them. My prayer plant is a different shade though. I can never keep spider plants alive and I don’t know what I do wrong. I think it is that I let them dry out too much between waterings. And I haven;t enough sun for an Amaryllis. Well, I do love that giant catnip plant. Catnip never gets like that outside in Cascadia. I have always just grown it in a hanging basket. The houseplants I struggle to keep Amelia away from are my dracenas. I have several varieties and they have to be kept in a cat free room. She is less interested in nibbling them (thankfully! Dracenas are super toxic!) as she is climbing them and batting at the leaves. It makes quite a mess!
My Spider plants have been alive for over 20 years, but the edges are brown. I use houseplant fertilizer once in a while and change the dirt every few years. That Amaryllis is about 10 years old and didn’t bloom for 5 years, I just kept watering it and it finally bloomed again. I think I am supposed to dry the bulb out and replant, but I never do. You really know your plants.
Concats to Pipo and Minko! Mom was happy that Mau also passed his third botany test and got his merit badge. Those tests were driving her crazy. Love the tummy shots. Mom sends you kisses for them. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Joanie likes her tummy kissed, but it could be dangerous with Stinky 🙂 Congrats to Mau, those were hard tests.
Wally says the botany test was a tough one, but he passed! Those are very cute tummies today.
Congrats to Wally for passing his Botany exams 🙂 Joanie and Stinky thank you.
We are embarrassed to say that we don’t know any of them! Sampson has obviously NOT earned his Botany Badge over at Cat Scouts!!! MOL! They are all pretty plants though!
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