Are christmas trees toxic to cats

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Are christmas trees toxic to cats?

by Nell Rose

(South Australia)

I am currently pregnant and am trying to find a tree that is free of lead pnt etc...but my cat is allergic to pine trees. Which trees are safe?


Pines have no toxins. But, you need to avoid any that are "live." If they're fresh, and there's no way to know this, they are not a good choice. The needles are the "toxic" part of pines, and they contn some natural toxins (like caffeine).

When the tree is cut down (usually to make way for the next season's growth), it usually gets treated with fungicide, but that's sprayed on the ground around the tree, not directly into the needles.

I can't say for sure that your cat will be OK with one of these, but at least she won't be getting any needles into her eyes.

Comments for christmas trees toxic to cats?

Thanks for your quick reply. I've heard that live trees can be dangerous but the tree my mother got me was actually a dried-out one, as my stepdad says its because its in a pot or that its live. But the tree has been in a pot for a few years and hasnt been watered since then, as i have not been able to water it due to being pregnant. My stepdad says the pot hasnt been watered in years. I did a lot of research before buying the tree and found out its a cypress and they are safe to be put in the ground and have a long lasting life.

My cat is allergic to pine and will only eat raw meat, so I can never buy a live tree for her. She is so finicky, that if I put anything in her dish she will spit it out. But my stepdad has given me a dried-out tree, he says its safe for cats and dogs.

I would love a live tree but have no luck finding one.

Apr 12, 2012

by Jodi

We live in Florida, and I have found many types of pines with trees that are safe for dogs, but most are live or have to be watered dly. I have even found some live ones for sale here, but they are so pricey, so the ones I want are dried out.

My cat is an outdoor cat. I would be very upset if I had to find a live tree or I'd have to keep her indoors.

Apr 9, 2012

by Anonymous

I have no idea what a cypress tree is but if its dried out and the only one that is then its safe.

Apr 7, 2012

by Anonymous

It seems the best tree for us is the artificial one that you can find on sites like eBay.

Our cat, an indoor cat, is very finicky and won't eat any of the food with pine in it, so she's safe. She likes her chicken bones that have been cooked though, and is fine with dried meats, although she's been known to lick the floor when she gets them.

Mar 17, 2012

by Anonymous

I live in the south and have lots of pine trees all over, I don't know if my cats would react but I would be a little upset if it made them sick.

Feb 28, 2012

by Anonymous

Hi, I bought a live tree for my cats and they seem to love it. However, they aren't allowed to go outside because of the tree. We also don't know how it's going to impact the cats or how they react to it.

Jan 22, 2012

by Anonymous

My cat loves pine needles. He has even gone after the pine needles on the sidewalk for me to pick them up. We are in Alabama and we live in a very rural area and I don't think I'll be able to find a live tree here.


Nov 8, 2011

by Anonymous

I used to have a big pine tree in my front yard that i would leave outside for my cat to go to play under. I live in a rural area and don't think I will ever find another one.

I think you should try the pines with the needles, your cat is probably not allergic to that.

Oct 18, 2011

by Anonymous


I live in a very rural area of South Carolina and there are many pine trees all over.

They are very good for my cat as she loves pine needles and will always go to pine trees to look for them. She is also a wild cat and she loves to play with squirrels.

Thank you so much.

May 6, 2011

by Anonymous

We have a small yard in a rural area, we have a little pine tree in the yard and my cat loves it.

Oct 28, 2010

by Anonymous

I'm living in a rural area in northern New Jersey. There are lots of pine trees in the woods around my house. Our cats love pine trees, but it's not safe to leave them outside, so we keep them indoors, but they can't play under a pine tree for too long. They love pine needles and like to play with the squirrels that live in the woods nearby.

Oct 24, 2010

by Anonymous

My cat loves pine needles.

Oct 20, 2010

by Anonymous

I live in a small town where there are lots of pine trees. My cat loves to go play under them.

Oct 12, 2010

by Anonymous

I live in a rural area and have a little pine tree in the yard. My cat loves pine needles, so we leave her outside to play under the tree. She loves them so much that she will climb to the top to sit on the lowest branch to get them. She is also a wild cat and will play with the squirrels that live in the woods nearby.

Oct 10, 2010

by Anonymous


My cat loves pine needles

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