Easter Hazards

Photo: bob in swamp / Foter.com / CC BY

Photo: bob in swamp / Foter.com / CC BY

It’s that time again when Spring is upon us and we look forward with great anticipation to the upcoming Easter holiday and nice, long days of summer ahead.   With 10 to 12 million lily plants produced annually, the lily is a very popular plant to receive as a gift, especially during this time of year.

Cat owners must be aware when bringing lilies into their homes. The following species are known toxins to cats: The Easter lily, Tiger lily, Day Lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese Show Lily, as well as other members of the Liliaceae family can all cause kidney failure in cats. In most plants, the leaves are known toxins along with the stems and flowers in certain species. With some species, cats can eat as little as two or three leaves which can result in liver failure and, if left untreated, can cause death if not caught in time.

Photo: flores do meu jardim / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo: flores do meu jardim / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

If you catch your cat eating a lily plant, contact your veterinarian immediately. Should your cat ingest lily plant material, he may vomit, have diarrhea, became dehydrated and lethargic and develop a lack of appetite. As internal damage progresses, symptoms can become more intense without prompt, appropriate treatment by your veterinarian. Take the plant along when you take your cat to the veterinarian to make it easier for your veterinarian to prescribe the proper care and treatment.

If you receive a lily plant, take extra caution to make sure that the plant is out of reach and kept away from your cat, especially if he likes to nibble on things. Rather than struggle with the problem of where to put the plant, you may decide that cats are more fun and more decorative than a plant and just ban them from your home.

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  1. Back “in the day” before cats, say 40 years ago, I used to enjoy having fresh flowers in the house. Then I noticed I was allergic to some, but still carried on, and took simple allergen.
    But once one or two gorgeous Persians came in to my life, out went the flowers and my allergies. No more Christmas tree – I had one possessive blue boy, Jadon Gryffindor who KNEW every gift under that tree and the tree itself belonged to him, and he stayed day and night under that tree, and would not let any other kitty come near the tree.
    And any other time of year it was not worth the worry that even though I could keep flowers out of reach of my one or two Persians, I decided I would rather have them healthy, than nibbling on flowers. So my flowers bloom outdoors, and my Persians coats bloom inside. All are happy-SMILE.

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