What Cat Owners Need to Know About Easter Lilies

by Drs. Foster and Smith on March 30, 2012

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Easter-Lily **Guest post from Ellen B.**

Tis’ the season to enjoy beautiful Easter lilies. However, cat owners should be aware that Easter lilies could cause deadly harm to cats. The Drs. Foster & Smith staff veterinarians wrote the following article about how Easter lilies affect cats and what to do if a cat eats any part of an Easter lily. Potentially you can save a cat’s life by passing this information along to any of your family and friends who own cats.

Easter lilies and other lilies can be toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death. All parts of the lily can be toxic, and eating just one leaf can result in severe poisoning. After eating a portion of an Easter lily, a cat will generally vomit and become depressed within 2 hours. The vomiting may subside, but the cat will not eat and continue to become more depressed.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if you know or suspect your cat has eaten any part of an Easter lily. Your veterinarian will start treatment that includes causing the cat to vomit by giving an emetic, administering activated charcoal and a cathartic (stimulates bowel movements), and giving subcutaenous or intravenous fluids. A cat must be treated within 18 hours of ingesting the plant, or the damage to the kidneys will be irreversible.

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Other lilies which belong to this same plant species and are also toxic include tiger lilies, rubrum or Japanese showy lilies, and various day lilies. Many other bulb plants are also poisonous such as daffodils and hyacinths.

This article is copied from PetEducation.com, an excellent source of pet health care information written by veterinarians.

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Wendy Austin April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I have 2 wonderful cats. Tazzy is almost 21 years old and a globetrotter. Oliver is almost 5, and he was rescued when he was two days old. Yeah, he’s a momma’s boy. With my long hours at work, they get a little bored. My house is strewn with toys, but a good scritch from the Cat Spa would be truly refreshing. I am very careful about plants, cleaning chemicals, and dangerous items, as I am gone from home so long every day.

dayna k. April 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Thanks for the information on easter lillies. I always keep plants away from my animals, but it’s always good to know about plants that are very poisonous. In that case, it is better not to have those plants in the house or outside.
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Leslie S April 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

I have 2 wild & crazy cats… They’ll eat ANYTHING! Therefore we have NO houseplants!
I’d like to win the CatSpa! #PETS

karen ferguson April 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thank you for the information about the lilies. My sweet old cat loves chewing on a few of my houseplants and will even jump on the piano and buffets to check things out.
I’d love to win the Large Buddy Bone for my Max (lab). My cat won’t bother it, but it’s always funny to watch Skittles (Chihuahua) take bones and toys away from Max!!!

Sara Yahn April 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

My 2 cats are always going after any plants I have. Before buying any new plants & bringing them inside I always check with my vet to see if they are poisonous & if so what I should look for if they get into the room I hide them in the cold Chicago winter. I usually wont buy any bulbs or anything like that but I always make sure they have some grass & catnip plants to eat. Good article Ellen B great info.
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