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Is Red Palm Lily Toxic For Cats?

Is Red Palm Lily Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

The red palm lily is not poisonous to cats. Our feline companions can safely touch a red palm lily as it does not have toxic substances that can cause life-threatening effects.

In fact, ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has listed the red palm lily as one of the non-toxic plants for cats. The organization also categorized the said plant as non-toxic for dogs and horses, too.

While this is true, it does not imply that our feline companions should be free to eat or touch plants as they please.

Can Cats Eat Red Palm Lily?

Cats may be drawn to the red palm lily’s long, wavy leaves. They may also feel compelled to attack and bite the plant. If this is the case, one bite of the plant will cause no harm. What should worry you is if your cat has consumed a large amount of red palm lily.

Anything too much is not good and the same goes for cats’ consumption of plants. If they eat too many plants, they can have an upset stomach or develop other gastrointestinal issues. This is because they are natural carnivorous species. Carnivores cannot tolerate too many herbs in their bodies because they do not have the proper enzymes to metabolize them. Thus, it leads to experiencing indigestion.

What is Red Palm Lily?

Cordyline Rubra is the scientific name for red palm lily. It grows as a shrub up to 4 meters (13 feet) tall. It is endemic to Australia and is commonly found in moist eucalyptus forests and warm rainforests.

Red palm lily is distinguished primarily by its leaf stems, which range in length from 5 to 20 cm (2-8 in). They have a flat or slightly concave shape. The narrow elliptic leaves are 15 to 50 cm (6-20 in) long and 3 to 5.5 cm (1.4-2.2 in) wide.

The plant produces summer flowers that are lilac in color. It also produces fruit that is a bright red berry 10 mm (0.4 in) in diameter. They grow on panicles ranging in length from 10 to 40 cm (4-16 in).

Keeping Cats Away From Red Palm Lily

With the right incentive, you can teach your cat to leave your plants alone and redirect them to different behavior.

Distracting and redirecting is the most effective training method. If you catch them looking at a plant, call them away or pick them up and put them as impartially as possible on the floor.

Another excellent option is Sticky Paws tape or double-sided adhesive tape. Get an inexpensive plastic placemat, cut it to fit the size of your pot, and stick the tape to it. This results in a sticky surface that your cat will not want to walk on. 

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.