National Animal Poison Prevention Month

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

National Animal Poison prevention Week

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 to give you an idea of what some different types.


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.


  1. Get your cat to a vet FAST.
  2. If there is a vet hospital or specialist open nearby, head there. Specialist care is often needed for lily toxicity cases.
  3. 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…”

Lilies Kill Cats National Animal Poison Prevention Month

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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.

  • entirely

  • totally and

  • completely.

…….and ask, as a pet owner ask that lilies be removed from any bouquet you order as a gift!

Dusty Cat
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    Brian Frum

    March 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Great info on a terrible flower, pay attention everyone!


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    The Island Cats

    March 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for that reminder, Dusty.


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    Edie Chase

    March 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    My mother never liked lilies, she always said they were funeral flowers. I like them but so doesn’t my cat Jake (he would be thrilled to eat them). People were mad when I wouldn’t accept Easter lilies for my mother to have in the house. I told them, “my cat lives here so the flowers can’t”.


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      Dash Kitten

      March 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      * High Paw * to you Edie this is great to hear. Thank you! We need to raise our paws and say NO to Lilies!


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    March 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    My human and I are probably not going to do any therapy cat visits the week of Easter, and not for a few days afterwards either because the lily is such a popular flower at this time of year. My human does not want me anywhere near those flowers and won’t have them in our yard, much less our house. Crazy thing about that is that she adores lilies!


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    March 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I don’t like lilies because I think I’m allergic to them (especially when they don’t have their pollen removed) … but even so, I know they are highly toxic to cats. It takes so little to change our lives forever!


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    March 22, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Hi Harvey, thanks a great post and helping to raise awareness of this. I think you alluded to this at the very least, but florist and others should be aware of this given the danger to our beloved cats, thanks Sean


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      Dash Kitten

      April 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      A pleasure Mr Sean. This is a very serious issue for us all.


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    Lorie Ham

    April 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Wow I had no idea that Lillies could kill cats so easily! This is very important information. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! I am going to tell all of my cat friends


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    Jana Rade

    April 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I think that every first vet visit pet parents should receive a basic hand-out including all important pointers such as this.


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    Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)

    April 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    What an important topic to cover. It is so important to always remind people about the dangers of lilies and other plants when it comes to their pets. Sometimes they really have no idea until it is too late. Education is so important. Thank you for keeping all the kitties safe.


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    Kamira Gayle

    April 14, 2017 at 12:41 am

    This is such an informative post. When my cats were alive I always had NO Flowers in the house because I didn’t know what could harm them or not. I learn more each day about the dangers to our furry friends. I will share this post.


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