Keep Lilies Away From Cats! April 06 2015, 0 Comments

Beware: Lilies Are Cat Poison 

Although lilies are a tradition to buy and receive at Easter, it may be best to fill your vases with roses this Easter. Unfortunately, these beautiful flowers are very poisonous to our furry little babies! Many believe that only a certain type of lily is dangerous to cats.

Although some lilies are less dangerous, all types should be kept out of reach...which, in the case of our agile and naughty kitties, means keeping them out of the home altogether! 

Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies contain insoluble oxalate crystals that cause minor signs such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus. Clinical signs of drooling, pawing at the mouth, foaming, and vomiting may be transiently seen.

The more dangerous and potentially fatal lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. Even the smallest ingestion of petals, pollen, or the vase's water can cause severe, acute kidney failure. If your cat ingests even the smallest amount of a lily of the valley, life-threatening heart arrhythmias and death may result. 

Please do not bring lilies into your home this Easter to ensure you and your cat(s) have a very Happy Easter!