Is a Palm plant toxic?

Our question this week was:

I got a piece of Palm on Palm Sunday and my cat found it and took a nibble. Is it toxic? She seems fine but wanted to ask.

I love your site. Thanks so much for your time.

Bill Peters

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email Bill. You asked if the leaves of a pygmy date palm toxic to pets. Phoenix roebelenii (Pygmy Date Palm, Miniature Date Palm, Roebelin Palm)

They are not considered “toxic” but can cause vomiting and stomach irritation on some cats.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Vomiting in cats and Plants That Your Cat Shouldn’t Eat.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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