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I had bought 3 large Majesty Palms to place throughout the ...

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I had bought 3 large Majesty Palms to place throughout the house. I had looked into it before I bought them and did not find them on any poison list. I have noticed my cat has ate a lot of them and has not thrown anything up. His eyes are watering a lot and he has been acting tired lately, sleeping a lot more than usual. I researched a little further and found out they were on those lists under another name. What should I do.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  MSVetAssist replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

Quick couple of questions to aid us in answering your question. What was the other alternative name for the majesty palm that you found on the list? When did your cat consume the plant?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
He started consuming them on Friday morning and we removed them late Sunday night. The other names for the plant are Ravena rivularis, Philodendron, Red Princess, and Emerald Duke.
Expert:  MSVetAssist replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

If indeed you purchased a majesty palm, they are non-toxic to cats. R. rivularis (majesty palms) are not also known as the philodendron or red princess or emerald duke. These three later plants are part of the philodendron genus. These three plants are toxic to cats. There is such a plant called the majesty philodendron that is toxic to cats as well, and this maybe where the confusion occurred. If you know for sure you purchased a majesty palm instead of a philodendron (they kind of look similar), then your cat is lethargic for some unknown reasons. I suggest a veterinary visit if the behavior keeps up for another couple of days.

If you are unsure or know that you have indeed purchased a philodendron, please seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible. I am not sure how much they will be able to do besides supportive care. Typically, with a toxic exposure, the veterinarian can only provide charcoal or induce vomiting within the first couple of hours after the first exposure. However, they can run blood work to ensure no damage has occurred to the internal organs. They can also provide supportive care and treat symptomatically.

If money is an issue, I have provided a list of organizations that provide help to owners who qualify:

American Animal Hospital Association
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/

Angels 4 Animals
http://www.angels4animals.org/

Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com/

God's Creatures Ministry
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html

Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html

IMOM
http://www.imom.org/

The Pet Fund
http://thepetfund.com/

United Animal Nations
http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I just wanted to be safe rather than sorry becuase I had actually found the other names for it while searching from a question answered on here (cat.justanswer.com):

Question:
I just bought a majesty palm and my little girl cat is wanting to chew on it    Is is safe or bab?

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October 29, 2007 4:54 p.m. (11 minutes and 17 seconds later) ACCEPTED


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Yes it is toxic and needs to be kept out of her reach. You can see it on this list under its other name of Emerald Duke which is also called Majesty, Philodendron, and Red Princess. All parts are considered toxic
http://www.sniksnak.com/plants-toxic.html
Toxic may not always mean deadly (though it might) but can mean serious side effects from eating the plant.
Hope this helps you!

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Expert:  MSVetAssist replied 8 years ago.
Hello again,

I understand your worry completely. I see that NancyH fell into the same confusion. The Majesty that the sniksnak website refers to is the Majesty Philodendron, not the Majesty Palm. I appologize for the confusion. I will let NancyH know.

Here is a link to a picture of a majesty palm:
Majesty Palm

And here is a link to a picture of a majesty philodendron:
Majesty Philodendron

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you very much. I can sleep a little better now :) It looks like the palm. I appreciate your time and help.
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
If the other names for the plant you have are
" Ravena rivularis, Philodendron, Red Princess, and Emerald Duke" as you listed then it is considered toxic.