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Lilies: Deadly for Cats

Lilies: Deadly for Cats

Beware of a popular plant this spring season that may be fatal to your cat. Members of the plant genus Lilium including Easter lilies, Tiger lilies, Rubrums, Japanese show lilies, Stargrazer lilies, and Daylilies can be very toxic to felines, causing kidney damage and even death. All parts of the plants are toxic, and a cat can become ill even after chewing on one leaf.

Cats are unique in their susceptibility to lilies. Dogs, rabbits, and rats do not seem to suffer the same toxic effect from the plants. Dogs may experience minor digestive upset if they ingest lilies, but not renal damage.

Cats who are suffering from lily toxicosis will generally start vomiting within two to six hours of ingestion and stop eating. Vomiting may cease for a period but then generally resumes within 24 to 72 hours of ingestion.

It is important to get veterinarian attention as soon as possible if a cat has ingested a toxic lily plant. Postponing treatment for longer than 18 hours can often end in kidney failure or death.

For a broader list of plants and foods that are toxic to pets, click here.

Source: ASPCA

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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3:01PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

thanks. lilies are my favorite flower. my cat stays in.

9:04AM PDT on May 28, 2013

but mother in laws tongue was named that because it paralyzes!

11:36PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Flowers are really beautiful and they can add a touch to the home interiors,but for animal lovers like us, we can maybe switch alternatives like Snake plants(aka Mother in Law's tongue), Aloe vera plants that really cleans up the air in homes and also it is beneficial for not only our healths and also our beloved animals.
So why not make a switch?

4:35AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

ty

6:44PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks

12:03PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Noted

2:20PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing

2:16AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

If we care about our pussie, pay attention to possible dangers

8:57AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:37AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

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