Is Fraser fir toxic to cats?
Abies fraseri (Fraser fir) is non-toxic to cats and is safe to keep as a Christmas tree or an ornamental plant in the garden.
What is Fraser fir?
- Botanical name: Abies fraseri
- Common names: Fraser fir
- Toxicity: Non-toxic to cats
- Toxic parts: None
- Severity: –
- Toxic principle: –
Named after John Fraser, a Scottish botanist, Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is a species of fir native to the Appalachian Mountains of the Southeastern United States. It is a popular choice for Christmas tree due to soft needles, fresh fragrance and symmetrical shape and are often chosen by the White House for their Christmas tree displays.
While Fraser fir may be non-toxic to cats, fertilisers and pest control used on or around the plant may be potentially toxic. Ingestion of large volumes of needles can potentially lead to a gastrointestinal obstruction but this is unlikely. If you do have a cat who is interested in eating the plant, consider moving it to another location the cat cannot access and bring in some cat-friendly plants such as catnip or cat grass.
We recommend that Christmas trees be secured by attaching it to a wall wire or fishing line to prevent the tree accidentally toppling over.
Do not use tinsel on Christmas trees with cats as ingestion can cause gastrointestinal obstruction or telescoping of the intestines, which are both life-threatening.
Place breakable ornaments high on the tree to prevent the cat pulling them off and breaking them.
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