Planning to decorate your home with a beautiful Easter bouquet? Well, if you own a furry feline friend, you may want to think again.
Lilies--a favorite springtime flower--can be poisonous or even deadly to cats.
While not all types of lilies are harmful to cats (peace, Peruvian, and calla can cause minor nasal irritations for felines, but are otherwise innocuous), certain popular types, when ingested, can cause kidney failure. Even consuming a few petals, the water in the plant, or the pollen from the flower can result in a lethal reaction.
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According to the website Pet Poison Hotline, “The more dangerous, potentially fatal, lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. Examples of some of these dangerous lilies include the tiger, tay, Asiatic hybrid, Easter, Japanese Show, rubrum, stargazer, red, Western, and wood lilies.”
These kinds of lilies are highly toxic to cats, so they should be kept out of their reach at all times. Cats are lithe enough to pounce on nearly any surface (like the dining table, for example), so you may want to avoid placing them in your home altogether.
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The beloved Lily of the valley can also be detrimental to cats, so planting this kind of flower in your garden may not be the safest option for your own or for your neighbors' felines.
Symptoms of lily poisoning in cats include vomiting, dehydration, and a complete loss of appetite.
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If you suspect your cat has nibbled on the forbidden flower, make sure to contact your vet immediately. Don't wait for signs of common symptoms, because by then it could be too late to save your fluffy friend. Emergency treatments are available.
So when you're having guests over for Easter, or showing up to your parents' house for a mother's day brunch, skip the bouquet of lilies. The cat will thank you for it later--with lots of cuddles, of course!
via Scary Mommy