Cat Palm..... Cat Friendly?????

organic_tessJune 5, 2006

I think I've finally found a standing plant that I can have in my apartment that isn't going to poison my three cats, but before buying it I wanted to double check here. I searched through the archived messages but only found reference to other speices of palm so my question is: Will this be safe for me to have in the apartment?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! Andrea (me) Little Lee, Miss Winnie & Mr. Marilyn.

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satur9(z 10a swFL)

Hi Andrea,

Cat palm is short for the accepted name Chamaedorea cataractarum. It grows next to riverbanks in Mexico. Cham's are good for apartments because they'll tolerate low light levels. Just keep it watered. I have 2 female clumps planted out here. They thrive on complete neglect on my behalf on the north side of my house. I don't have any cats. I have a beast of a dachshund. :)) He's a small dog, but is a beast.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 12:14PM
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Cats RAREly eat indoor plants anyway, but palms are nontoxic, if that's what you're asking. About the only plants commonly kept indoors that are truly dangerous to cats are lilies. All other house plants are pretty much unintesting to most cats, and indoor plant poisonings in cats is rare, despite there being hundreds of highly toxic plants often grown indoors. Dogs may be a different matter, but still, toxicities are not as common as you might think.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 3:05AM
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sammiandfargo(z6 PA)

My cat likes to eat indoor plants also. I too was wondering about the Cat Palm if it was safe. Thanks for the info.

This website lists some non-toxic plants to cats (didn't have the Cat Palm though)

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 3:23PM
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mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)

My cats have bit a few leaves off of my Chamaedorea Cataractarum and are just fine weeks later. So, I wouldn't worry about it. If you want a better indoor palm though, just look for Chamaedorea Elegans. It's definitely NOT toxic to cats. My cats totally destroyed a couple fronds on mine and are just fine months later. So is the plant, but if you're a beauty freak like me, I'd either train the cats to leave the palms alone, or keep them away.

A fellow gardener

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:37AM
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They sure arent toxic to slugs and snails. I wish.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 4:01PM
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