Is the Areca Palm Plant Toxic to Cats?

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Is the Areca Palm Plant Toxic to Cats?
Any plant can cause adverse effects in cats. (cat image by matko from Fotolia.com)

Cat owners choose plants that are safe and non-toxic for their beloved pets. Any plant can cause adverse effects in cats, but may not be poisonous. If your cat ingests part of an areca palm (Dypsis Lutescens), monitor its symptoms closely.

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Identification

The areca palm is also known as the cane palm, golden butterfly palm and the yellow palm. The areca palm grows quickly and is low maintenance and makes a lovely houseplant. An adult areca palm in the wild resembles a large bush and often reaches heights of over 20 feet and has long fronds that arch gracefully. Houseplants are smaller.

Potential

While many species of palm trees and palm tree seeds are toxic to domestic animals, the areca palm is considered safe if consumed by cats or dogs, states the American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals or ASPCA. Consumption of this palm tree, leaves or seeds may result in mild gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting, diarrhoea and depression.

Considerations

Cats that consume the areca palm tree may experience some gastrointestinal distress. However, cats exhibiting serious symptoms or becoming ill should be seen by a veterinarian.

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