Lilies and Cats, A Lethal Combination In Mere Hours

As the snow melts and the days start to get a bit warmer, spring is in the air! With spring comes flowers and Easter celebrations, but this can be a dangerous time for your pets.

In the spring, you should take extra precautions to keep your cats safer. Did you know that Easter lilies are deadly for cats? Easter lilies cause acute renal (kidney) failure and sure death in cats. Be careful about having these plants inside your home and in your garden if you allow your cat to go outside.

Other lilies are also dangerous for cats, including tiger lilies, rubrum lilies and Japanese show lilies. Consuming even small amounts of these plants can have the deadliest of consequences for your cats.

Signs that your cat has ingested one of these lilies include the sudden vomiting, drooling and also extreme lethargy. Unfortunately, kidney failure can occur within a mere 32 to 72 hours of ingestion. If your cat begins exhibiting any of these symptoms, you should seek veterinary care immediately.

Easter often brings baskets of chocolates and ribbons. It’s also essential to keep your dogs away from the chocolate, as it is very toxic for them as well to your cats. The ribbon also poses a possible hazard to your cats. It’s very appealing to play with, but it’s also easy for them to get it wrapped around their necks, thus, cutting off their air supply.

This spring, be sure to keep a watchful eye and protect your fur-babies. If you are not sure whether the plants in your home may be toxic to your pets, ask your veterinarian. Also, strongly consider keeping your cats inside all the time where you can control their environment and can keep an eye on them.