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Is Lady Palm Toxic For Cats?

Is Lady Palm Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Lady Palm is not toxic for cats. Numerous credible authorities, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, state that there is no hazard to cats and no need for fear of lady palm’s toxicity (ASPCA). If your cat touches it or eats it, it won’t endanger her.

Can Cats Eat Lady Palm?

Cats can eat lady palm. Cats normally are not affected by palm tree leaves and trees in general Despite not being harmful, if your cat eats a lot of the leaves, it could cause digestive issues. 

The simplest approach to get a cat to stop doing something is to divert it with something more appealing, thus it’s always preferable to provide a more enticing alternative like “cat grass” (often wheat or oat grass).

What is Lady Palm?

A species of fan palm of the Rhapis genus, the lady palm is thought to have originated in southern China and Taiwan. All known plants originate from Chinese cultivated groups; it is not known to exist in the wild. They were initially gathered by the Japanese for the palaces of the Tokugawa shogunate. Later, their popularity expanded to Europe and then to America, where it is a typical fixture in shopping centers and places of business due to its low light and humidity requirements.

It forms multi-stemmed clumps up to 4 m tall and 30 mm in diameter, with glossy, palmate, year-round leaves separated into broad, ribbed segments. The sheaths disappear as the plant ages, exposing the bamboo-like trunks. This typically dioecious palm species develops a tiny inflorescence at the top of the plant with fleshy yellow flowers that are spirally arranged and have three petals that are joined at the base. The ripe fruit is fleshy and white.

Keeping Cats Away From Lady Palm

First, think about getting some catnip to keep your cat from eating your lovely houseplants.

Second, because cats are such playful animals, make sure he has his own toys, such as a cat tree, a scratching post, or even a basket.

If your cat still scratches your plants in spite of this, try surrounding them with an uncomfortable surface by covering the soil with pebbles or even crushed shells. These surfaces are quite uncomfortable for their paws and will make them less inclined to go on an adventure. You can also hang your plants in lovely colorful baskets.

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.