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Friday - December 11, 2009

From: Georgiana, AL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Poisonous Plants
Title: Is Norfolk pine poisonous to cats?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is a northfork pine poisonous to cats?

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants thinks you must mean Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), which as its name suggests is native to Norfolk Island in the Pacific east of Australia. According to the ASPCA list of Plants Toxic to Cats, the Norfolk or Australian Pine IS toxic to cats.  According to PullmanUSA it's toxic to both cats and dogs and its symptons are vomiting and depression.

 

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