Do Lilies kill cats? Yes! Let us tell you how it happens.
One small brush against their flowers, one cleansing lick to remove the pollen; one leaf nibble, and you are faced with a serious and often deadly feline emergency. A Twitter buddy recently shared an appeal by someone who had lost their cat due to lily poisoning – it was heartbreaking to read. They were appealing for florists to have a lily warning clause in their shops and online.
Lilies Kill Cats
Yes, we know plenty of other things kill cats, but lilies are under the spotlight with us for National Animal Poison Prevention Week. This is an American event of over 50 years standing, but one we at Dash Kitten are promoting with total committment on a worldwide scale.
Lilies Kill Cats
Lillies Kill Cats – Here’s How
You get a bouquet, for a birthday, anniversary, a celebration of some kind. It always has lilies in. Lilies are an easy way to add a blast of fragrance but they also kill most cats who encounter them by destroying their kidneys. They are a popular garden plant and here’s a selection of lily pictures from GardenPhotos.com to give you an idea of what some different types.
Lily Poison – TAKE ACTION QUICKLY!!
Lily toxicity symptoms include depression, diarrhea, drooling, and dehydration – four deadly D’s and, if action is not taken, a cat can be dead in as little as four days. Does this sound frightening?
It’s meant to as treatment is expensive and not always successful but, sometimes, early action and specialist treatment can save a cat’s life.
DO THIS IF YOU ARE EVEN RMOTELY CONCERNED >>>
- Get your cat to a vet FAST.
- If there is a vet hospital or specialist open nearby, head there. Specialist care is often needed for lily toxicity cases.
- Try to keep calm enough to take a sample of the flower or leaf with you. This will help the vet take the right kind of action a lot sooner.
- “Taking along a sample of the plant will make your veterinarian’s ability to diagnose the reaction that much easier, and treatment can be prescribed swiftly, minimizing the probability of long-term organ damage…” PetMD.com
So, how to you remove the risk from deadly lillies from your cats? You remove lilies from your home, and your life. As this deadly issue affects indoor and outdoor cats, remove lillies from your house and your garden, and if you can encourage your neighbours to remove them as well, this reduces the risk even further.
…….and ask, as a pet owner ask that lilies be removed from any bouquet you order as a gift!
Lilies Kill Cats Reporter