Is Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Toxic to Cats?

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 its soft needles, fresh fragrance and symmetrical shape and is 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

Common name

Scientific name

Toxicity level

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
Norfolk Island
, house pine
Araucaria heterophylla Non-toxic

Feature images courtesy F. D. Richards, Flickr


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