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Is Fortunes Palm or Chusan Palm Toxic For Cats?

Is Fortunes Palm or Chusan Palm Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

The fortunes palm is a safe plant for cats. It is categorized as a non-toxic plant by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

It is said that the plant has no toxic content that can be hazardous for cats and other animals. Aside from cats, the fortunes palm is also considered to be safe for dogs and horses.

Can Cats Eat Fortunes Palm or Chusan Palm?

If your cat has eaten a tiny portion of the fortunes plants, there is nothing to panic about. Cats can bite, lick, or nibble on the Fortunes palm without suffering from adverse consequences.

However, as we frequently warn our fellow cat parents, plants are not appropriate for a cat’s diet. Because plant components are difficult for cats to digest, they might induce indigestion. The reason for this is that cats’ bodies lack enzymes that can metabolize plant stuff.

What you should worry about are the plants outside that your cats may encounter. There is a chance that your cat may encounter a plant with toxic chemical residue from a plant-care product such as fertilizers and pesticides. These harmful substances found in the said products may cause poisoning in cats if they happen to inhale or ingest them.

What is Fortunes Palm or Chusan Palm?

Fortunes palm is botanically known as Trachycarpus fortunei. It has a gritty texture and tenacious leaf bases that hold the stem as layers of coarse fibrous substance.

Long, bare petioles with two rows of small spines culminate in a circular fan of multiple leaflets that characterize the leaves. It is a somewhat diverse plant, particularly in terms of overall appearance, with some instances having straight leaf segments and others having drooping tips.

Fortunes palm, also known as Chusan Palm or Chinese Windmill Palm, has been cultivated in China and Japan for thousands of years. As a result, tracking its natural range is difficult. It is thought to have originated in central China, southern Japan, Myanmar, and northern India, where it may be found growing at elevations ranging from 100 to 2,400 meters.

Keeping Cats Away From Fortunes Palm os Chusan Palm

Preventing your cat from getting near Fortunes Palm or any kind of plant is important. Whether a plant is safe or not, it is best if your cat will not go near plants to prevent any possible effects.

Using natural deterrents is helpful to keep your cats away from your plants. You can get these at a pet supply store near you or order them online.

Other cat owners create their own solution — a mixture of diluted vinegar and water. Since cats despise the sour odor and taste of vinegar, spraying this solution on your plants will help in keeping them away.

Training your feline companions to stay away from plants is the most ideal method. It may consume more time and effort but once your cat learns this, you have one less thing to worry about.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.