Last Updated on November 30, 2021 by Julia Wilson
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
- Needle retention: Excellent
- Scent: Earthy, citrus
- 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 from 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 from pulling them off and breaking them.
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Toxicity of common Christmas trees
|Norway spruce||Picea abies||Non-toxic|
|Blue spruce||Picea pungens||Non-toxic|
|Serbian spruce||Picea omorika||Non-toxic|
|White spruce||Picea glauca||Non-toxic|
|Nordmann fir||Abies nordmanniana||Non-toxic|
|Fraser fir||Abies fraseri||Non-toxic|
|Douglas fir||Pseudotsuga menziesii||Non-toxic|
|Noble fir||Abies procera||Non-toxic|
|Balsam fir||Abies balsamea||Non-toxic|
|Grand fir||Abies grandis||Non-toxic|
|Scotch pine||Pinus sylvestris||No information available|
|White pine||Pinus strobus||No information available|
|Virginian pine||Pinus virginiana||Listed as toxic to dogs, no information on cats|
pine, house pine
Feature images courtesy F. D. Richards, Flickr