My cat's LOVE to eat the new growth on my three year old palm. They have managed to make it looks like a buzz cut. Does anybody else have this problem and how do I keep them from chomping on it? How long will it take to get back the beautiful palm I once had? Would it be better to get a new one? (I'd hate to do that...) More info: the plant itself it doing fine. I have cut back on my water drastically. There is not root-rot. There is no evidence of it dying. So far, it appears to be healthy, just a little short on the tail.