These beautiful plants may brighten your home, but lilies are highly toxic to your cat.
All parts of the lily plant are poisonous to your cat- the petals, the leaves, the stem, and even the pollen. If your cat ingests as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming her fur, she can suffer severe kidney failure.
- There are several types of lilies that are toxic to cats. Some types include:
- Lilium and Hemerocallis species and commonly referred to as Tiger lilies, Day lilies, and Asiatic lilies.
- These types are popular in many gardens and yards, so please note that they can also result in severe acute kidney failure.
- These lilies are also commonly found in florist bouquets, so it is imperative to check for poisonous flowers before bringing bouquets into the household.
- Other types of lilies – such as the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies – are usually not a problem for cats and may cause only minor drooling.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry, so please check which type of lily are are purchasing before you bring any flowers or plants into your home.
Symptoms of lily poisoning
- In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop within 6-12 hours of exposure.
- Early symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weakness or lethargy
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Racing or irregular pulse
- Symptoms worsen as kidney failure develops. Some cats will experience:
What Should You Do?
- If you see your cat licking or eating any part of a lily, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (1-855-764-7661) immediately.
- Bring a sample of the lily with you to the veterinarian’s office.
- Tell the veterinary staff how much of the lily your cat ingested.
- While there is no specific antidote to counteract lily poisoning, the sooner you get your cat to the veterinarian, the sooner treatment for kidney damage can be started.