Are Douglas Fir Trees Toxic To Cats?

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James Parnell answered
Are Douglas fir trees poisonous to cats?

No, Douglas fir trees are not toxic or poisonous to cats - which is a good news as cats seem to love playing with christmas trees!

The only problem I can foresee you having with a Douglas fir tree is in stopping your cat from knocking over your Christmas decorations!

  • Douglas fir is the English name of the evergreen coniferous trees of the Pseudotsuga group of the Pinaceae family. There are five species of this tree, two of which can be found in western North America, two in eastern Asia and one in Mexico. By far the best-known genus is the very abundant and widespread North American species, Pseudotsuga menziesii, a taxonomically multi-faceted species.
  • Douglas-firs are mainly used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species, including Bordered White, Turnip Moth, Autumnal Moth, Pine Beauty, the Engrailed, the Chionodes periculella and gelechiids Chionodes abella. Douglas-fir wood is also used for structural purposes, often to support heavy loads, and is frequently used in the construction industry.
  • The Douglas firs is the most frequently-sold Christmas tree in the US, and is sold alongside firs such as the Grand Fir and the Noble Fir. Douglas-fir Christmas trees are typically trimmed into an almost-perfect cone, compared to the Grand and Noble firs, which are left to develop naturally.
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david allen answered
I have had a lot of real trees for Christmas and a couple of them have been Douglas firs and have always had a cat.

It's natural for a cat to want to drink out of there - just like they like to drink out of toilets and sinks.

I have never had a problem with a cat or my dogs getting sick from it, though.

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