Are capsicum plants reasonably safe for cats?
Last week I found out about NuMex Twilight and got really interested in trying to grow it (and probably some other chiles too) indoors. Bruce (esox07 on here) generously sent me some NuMex Twilight seeds. I was already planning to keep the seedlings away from the cat so she couldn't destroy them. But over the weekend I told my girlfriend's mother I was going to try growing this and she asked me if it was safe for the cat, which, foolishly, I hadn't thought of (I don't grow a lot of plants).
I just did some searching on here and on the internet in general and I get the impression that the likely extent of the danger from the cat eating the plant is that it could give it temporary stomach upset. I could live with that. I doubt this cat would even try to eat the peppers, and hopefully it would stop eating the rest of the plant if it made it sick (although admittedly it hasn't worked yet with rubber bands and plastic).
Anyone have more concrete information / can speak from personal experience?
The most concrete information I could find was in the Merck Manual for Pet Health: Plants Poisonous to Animals -- basically seems to say it can cause stomach upset, likely not death. Does not seem to differentiate between pet species. This would seem to be a reliable source.
I found a discussion on thehotpepper.com, but the upshot is inconclusive.
Keywords: chili, feline, toxic, poisonous