Chamaedorea Cataractarum | Cat Palm

Meow! Chamaedorea Cataractarum, also known as a Cat Palm, is a small, bushy palm tree that is native to Southern Mexico and Central America. It's an easy-to-care-for houseplant with beautiful foliage!

  • Safe for pets and children
  • Repot once every 3 years
  • Fertilize once a month
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Requires frequent watering

About the Cat Palm


Cat palms, scientifically known as Chamaedorea cataractarum, originate from the tropical regions of Southern Mexico and Central America. They thrive in the lush rainforests of these areas, where they are often found growing alongside streams and waterfalls.

Air Purification

Like most palms, Cat palms are great air purifiers.


The Cat palm is not toxic.

Caring for a Cat Palm


Cat palms are native to a humid environment, so they do best when their soil is evenly moist (not wet!) and need to be watered frequently. Cat palms can be sensitive to the chlorine and minerals in tap water and should be watered with filtered water. They also benefit from increased humidity which can be increased using a pebble tray or humidifier.

Lighting and Placement

Cat palms like bright, indirect light and lots of it. They can tolerate full sun, with proper watering, but prefer partial shade. If the fronds are starting to burn, move your palm a few feet away from the light source.


During the active growing season (spring & summer), Cat palms should be fertilized once a month with an all purpose liquid fertilizer.


Cat palms do not need to be repotted frequently, usually every 3 years. Make sure to use well draining potting soil and to use a pot with drainage holes.

Pruning and Flowering

Cat palm's lower leaves will naturally turn yellow and brown as new growth emerges. These leaves can be trimmed with clean scissors or pruning shears. Cat palms also produce bright yellow pendulous flowers that will produce small, round fruits. Although, Cat palms are dioecious, meaning that the male and female parts required for pollination are on separate plants, so the fruits will only be produced if you have both a male and a female plant.

Cat Palm SOS


Cat palms are generally hardy, but watch out for spider mites and mealybugs. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

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