So the orchid did survive it's first day w/ the cats. and no one appears to have thorns stuck in their paws or mouths.
The story w/ the orchid [as told by Tim]:
"Hey, this plant rung up at $30.00 The sign says it's $14.00." "No, that's only the obvious sign. This was the sign that's facing the wall, hidden behind some plants, that says $23.00" "Can I have it for the large, visible, advertised price instead?" "No, but you can have it for free." Negotiation: win!