Belmore sentry palm or also called curly palm or kentia palm is considered a non-toxic plant for cats. It is also non-toxic for dogs and horses.
It is a popular choice for houseplants because it is not only cat friendly but also removes air pollutants.
Can Cats Eat Belmore Sentry Palm?
Cats nibbling, licking, or getting in contact with a Belmore sentry palm should not cause any worry for cat parents. However, this does not mean that it is safe to let your feline babies eat the plant regularly.
As carnivorous animals, cats do not have adequate enzymes to process plant matter in their stomachs. Thus, they may tend to experience indigestion problems if they consumed too many plants of any kind.
Fertilizers, pesticides, and any chemicals that are possibly used on plants can also affect your cats if they happen to ingest this.
What is Belmore Sentry Palm?
Scientifically known as Howea belmoreana, the Belmore sentry palm is a species of Arecaceae that is endemic to Lord Howe Island, Australia. A mature kentia palm tree has a canopy that is 5–10 feet in diameter and has 36 leaves. The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded Howea belmoreana the Garden Merit Award.
Belmore sentry palm is sometimes confused with the Areca palm. They both appear identical from a distance, but the secret to recognizing them differently is to look at the leaves. The Belmore sentry palm has larger, more coarse leaves than the Areca, which has more thin, feather-like leaves.
Keeping Cats Away From Belmore Sentry Palm
We recommend keeping your Belmore sentry palm and other plants away from your cats, even if they are non-toxic. You can safeguard your plants while also ensuring that your cat does not experience any illnesses.
Covering the plants and soil with aluminum foil will deter burrowing cats from getting near them. If your cat likes scratching the plant’s pot, you can try covering it with double-sided adhesive tape. They detest the feel of these surfaces on their paws.
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.