Do Lilies Kill Cats?

Do Lilies Kill Cats?
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Do lilies kill cats? Yes! Let us tell you how it happens, because if you know you can help stop a beautiful but dangerous flower entering a cat home. This post is brief but, we hope, it will help save feline lives.

We give instructions at the bottom of this post if you need to take urgent action for suspected lily poisoning. Scroll straight down if you need the information urgently. Acting in time is absolutely essential when you suspect a cat of having ingested even the smallest dose. One grain of pollen can kill.

Lilies Kill Cats

If you do suspect lily poisoning

ACT NOW Not in a few minutes ACT NOW

A Twitter friend shared an appeal by a friend who had lost their cat due to lily poisoning last year. It was heartbreaking to read, and made us determined to help by posting about the dangers. Our Twitter friend was appealing for florists to have a lily warning clause in their shops and online. We believe that this appeal should be broadcast worldwide, and on a regular basis.

Yes, we know plenty of other things kill cats, but lilies are under the spotlight with us for National Animal Poison Prevention Week which takes place in March each year. This is an American event of over 50 years standing, but one we at Dash Kitten are promoting with total commitment.

  • NOTE One small brush against a lily flower flowers, one cleansing lick to remove the pollen, one leaf nibble and you are faced with a serious and often fatal feline emergency.  

Lilies Kill Cats 

National Animal Poison prevention Week

Lilies Kill Cats and Here’s How

Lily flowers are a popular garden plant.  Here is a selection of lily pictures from to give you an idea of the different types you might come across.

You might get a bouquet for a birthday, an anniversary or a celebration of some kind. Of course, you are thrilled, but it always has lilies in it. Lilies are an easy way to add a blast of fragrance and dazzling colour by every skilled florist, but they also kill most cats who encounter them. How? By destroying their kidneys.


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.

Treatment is expensive and not always successful but, sometimes, early action and specialist treatment can save a cat’s life. Even our local New Zealand newspaper has covered the issue of lethal lilies and I guess you have got the message now – right?


  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 that lilies be removed from any bouquet you order as a gift!

Dusty Cat
Lilies Kill Cats Reporter

Dusty our senior and most recent blogger






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  1. This is something I was surprised to learn not long after starting my blog. Luckily I rarely have lilies in my house but with a cat I never would. Thanks for bringing the importance to this danger in our homes. Sandra and Dolly

  2. This is a very important warning! It is that time of year when everyone is bringing lilies home. Lilies are gorgeous flowers, but it isn’t worth it to have them in a home where kitties can get to them. I would be devastated if one of my cats were to be hurt by a lily. Sharing this!

  3. Mr. N does not believe in eating vegetation so I don’t worry but when other dogs come around to visit, I have to run around pet-proofing before they get here. Sometimes it’s easier to just not let certain things enter the house!

  4. We stopped getting Easter lilies once we had a cat join our lives, but I had no idea that such a tiny amount of pollen could be so dangerous!

  5. Thankfully, I’ve never been one to care for plants or buy cut flowers. I had no idea how dangerous lilies are. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll be sharing and letting other pet parents know. I think your point about ordering flowers is fantastic. Just ask for no lilies in your arrangement. Done. Don’t take any chances.

  6. Wow, I didn’ know this about lilies. We have a lot of daylilies in our yard, and there are several outdoor cats around. This was great information. Do cats somehow know to stay away from lilies?

  7. It’s amazing how some of the most beautiful things in nature can be deadly. Seems often to be the case, though. Such as I was reading about bugs … the more colorful the bug, the more likely it is poisonous.

  8. It’s so important to spread the word! Not only lilies, but there are other plants commonly kept as house or landscaping plants that are toxic to pets. I love gardening and keeping house plants, but after getting dogs for the first time had to start being more careful about what types of plants I keep and where I keep them. Now I never bring a new plant home without doing my research first.

  9. Fantastic post and reminder as we sometimes forget when we get a gift of a bouquet of flowers including Lilies. Your friend had the brilliant idea of getting florists to put that warning but I know that it would be hard also as they will be afraid of losing their business so getting it out on social media is the answer.

  10. With Easter just around the corner, this is an important and timely post. I’ve seen heartbreaking stories of pet parents who didn’t know and sadly their cats died very quickly. I don’t have cats myself, but will be sure to pass this along to my friends. I’ve made a similar post for my own clients as well. There are so many hazards out there for our pets.

  11. OMC, I knew they were toxic to pets but I can’t believe that just brushing up against the lily and then licking it could be that toxic! Thanks for this great info Marjorie! Sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. Such an important warning to cat parents! With Easter coming up, it seems Lilies are the flower of choice and many non pet parents may not be aware when gifting these flowers. I like the idea of florists marking these flowers as dangerous to cats!

  13. A most important post with Easter around the corner. Rosie has no interest in plants, but we still would never risk bringing in lilies. I also learned recently that Hydrangea are also poisonous. We are also fortunate to have an emergency vet only a mile from our house just in case. Going to tweet this post as well.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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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