We have a ~5yr male U2 (Louie, per se) that occasionally will reach out and grab a small piece of a cattail from a 'bucket planter' as we walk past it on front porch. He just wants to grab at things plant-like, and the cattail planter is near the front door. He'll lunge and grab off a tip (maybe inch or two at most) of a leaf, but does not seem to try and actually eat it; just seems to want to feel the texture as he rips & destroys the piece and then laughs heartily that he snagged a piece against our attempts at keeping him far enough away. Like a feathered smartie-butt, its almost like a game he has developed, sigh.
Of course, we get it out of beak ASAP (with no fuss from Louie, fwiw) and do our best to keep him out of it's reach, but at times it seems like his neck and legs can triple in length instantly, LOL. He's only gotten a piece off three, maybe four, times, and planter-bucket has been relocated to a lesser-travelled part of front patio. There are none of the brown fussy-ish seedhead-things (yet) upon the plant, and am curious about that part of plant and the possible use as something to rip & destroy now and then. That part of plant is absolutely of-limits, of course, unless I'm shown that its known to be safe (in moderation at most, of course).
I want to find out (and Google is little help here), and I do have several lists from links on this Board re: safe-v-unsafe *woods* - but not finding much on the 'grasses', so to speak.
Where do cattail's leaves fall under toxicity worries (and not meaning to ask about it as a food source/additive whatsoever, for sure, unless my ignorance is enlightened otherwise, etc).
The particular plant I refer to is pictured here: Google image results of cattail-type in question
Thanks for input, and also if anyone has list(s) of herbiferous-type plants that are no-no's (like diffenbachia, etc), I'd love the URL's to keep at hand as well (just in case). I appreciate everything learned here over last year and half - could not do it without this Board (!!!).