Do lilies kill cats? They do, and a horrifying number of cat lovers don’t know this. This post for Pet Poison Prevention Month tells you what to look for with lily poisoning and what action to take to ensure your cat has the best chance of survival.
Join Bionic Basil and Barking from the Bayou as we learn about lily poisoning. The text of this post is a downloadable pdf at the bottom of this post.
A Twitter friend shared an appeal by a friend who had lost their cat due to lily poisoning. It was heartbreaking to read and made me determined to help by posting about the dangers.
For a professional florist, the lily is an easy way to add a blast of fragrance and dazzling colour, but they also kill most cats who encounter them.
Take immediate action if you suspect Lily Poisoning
If you have the slightest doubt about your cat ingesting lily pollen – stop reading now and get to the vet!
Acting fast is absolutely critical when you suspect a cat of having ingested even the tiniest amount of pollen.
Why? One brush of cat fur against a lily flower, one cleansing lick to remove the pollen, one leaf nibble, and you are faced with a serious and often fatal feline emergency.
Lily Poison Symptoms
Lily toxicity symptoms include:
- drooling, and
Four Deadly D’s and, if you do not act, your cat can be dead in as little as four days. Does this sound frightening?
It’s meant to…….
Lilies kill by destroying cat kidneys
DO THE FOLLOWING IF YOU
SUSPECT LILY POISONING
- 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
How to Remove the Risk of Lily Poisoning
You take lilies out of your home and your life.
As this deadly issue affects indoor and outdoor cats, remove lilies from your house and your garden, and if you can encourage your neighbours to remove them as well, this reduces the risk even further.
- SUPER TIP: Ask that lilies be removed from any bouquet you order as a gift!
Treatment is expensive and not always successful but, sometimes, early action and specialist treatment can save a cat’s life.
Tell Your Florist – No Lillies in Your Bouquet
Our friend was appealing for florists to have a lily warning clause in their shops and online and we wonder – why is this not common practice? We also believe that this appeal should be broadcast worldwide and on a regular basis.