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We have a (supposedly) Maine Coon and Persian mix. I have put some herbes (parsley and chives) onto our balcony. On the right side, there is also some plant, I forgot which kind it it.

The chives where on the rightmost side, and the cat would jump onto that railing and chew off the chives. Since chives seem to be bad for cats, I moved them into the middle. Now she climbs over the parsley to get to the chives. She does not care for the plant, nor for the parsley. It seems she wants to eat the poisonous stuff.

Our cat eating chives

Do we have to worry, or will the small amounts that she occasionally eats not harm her? I could move the chives away, the balcony is the only spot with a lot of sun in our flat :-/

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Raise them up in a hanging basket, the chives probably look like cat grass to her. –  John Cavan Aug 31 at 1:53

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According to the ASPCA, chives are toxic to cats. Perhaps you can put them in a hanging basket to keep them out of reach of your cats.

The ASPCA also has a list of toxic and non-toxic plants that you may find helpful.

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Chives come from the onion family. Onions and cats don't mix... –  John Cavan Aug 30 at 20:01
I moved the chives away before I let her onto the balcony this morning. She seemed a little puzzled that the chives were gone. We will get some cat grass for her to chew on. –  queueoverflow Aug 31 at 13:03
meet the need and avoid the danger...+1 –  Oldcat Sep 3 at 0:05

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