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Pets: Why do Cats Like Baby's Breath

Cats are known for their curious nature and attraction to certain scents and of course, movements.  Baby’s breath is no exception.  This delicate, sweet-smelling flower emits a fragrance that can be appealing to cats, drawing them in to investigate further.  Additionally, the light and airy appearance of baby’s breath can provide movement in the slightest of breezes and this may intrigue cats prompting them to play with the blossoms.

Baby’s Breath and other Gypsophila species plants contain gyposenin, a saponin, which may cause irritation to the gastrointestinal tract following ingestion.  These elements are considered mildly toxic and likely not life threatening. 

Unlike some other flowers and plants that can pose a risk if ingested, baby’s breath does not contain deadly toxins that could harm cats if they decide to nibble on it. 


The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.

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