Pet Hilariously Camouflages Itself As 'Cat Snake Plant' To Spy From Porch

One cat's secret hiding spot has delighted the internet this week after a picture captured viral attention on Wednesday.

The picture was shared by Sam Jones from Fort Smith, Arkansas, who uses the Reddit handle u/violentlytasty.

In the picture, the gray and white cat, who is named Xena the Warrior Kitty, is sitting among a snake plant on the porch. With long leaves on either side, she is watching the world go by while also looking like part of the plant.

Xena the cat in snake plant
Xena the cat sits inside a snake plant on the porch. The internet has been delighted by the feline's unusual resting spot. violentlytasty/Reddit

Jones told Newsweek: "This is her favorite porch spot in my snake plant, she is watching over the yard."

Delighted by the picture, Reddit users headed to the comments to share their thoughts on the cat's unusual resting spot.

"I thought cats were afraid of snakes?!" joked one commenter, while another said: "Cats are such weirdos, I love them."

"Your cat has beautiful wings," said another Redditor. While one commenter said: "Wow what a great variety, so rare! You should try and propagate this rare cultivar and sell it for $1000."

Despite the plant being a favorite sitting spot of Xena, Jones says it isn't doing any harm: "The plant seems to still be growing with her sitting in it."

However, one one Reddit user pointed out that the snake plant is in fact toxic to cats.

One of many common house plants that can cause problems for feline residents, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) lists the snake plant as toxic to both cats and dogs.

This is because the plant contains chemical compounds called saponins, which can result in feline nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if consumed or chewed on.

Luckily Jones is aware of the potential risks and clarified in a later Reddit comment that: "She does not eat it."

However, many pet owners aren't aware of the potential toxic plants lurking in their homes that could cause harm to their feline friends.

Just some of the most common plants toxic to cats include:

- Lillies—including all 90 species from the Easter lily to Lily of the Valley
One of the most toxic plants for cats, ingestion can lead to kidney failure.
- Eucalyptus
Can cause salivation, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Monstera
Chewing or consumption can lead to oral irritation, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
- Ficus
Ingesting any part of the tree can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and rashes.
- Philodendron
Can cause stomach upset and irritation and discomfort to the mouth.

The ASPCA says that if you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, you should contact either your local veterinarian or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

Read more about which plants both in and out of the home that are toxic to cats here.

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