Keep your cats away from lilies; an important springtime reminder.
The ingestion of lilies can cause acute renal failure in cats. Many plants are called “lilies”, however renal failure has been seen only with Easter lilies, Stargazer lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, and day lilies.
All parts of the plant are toxic. Prompt, aggressive treatment is necessary for a successful outcome. Once renal failure develops, however, the prognosis rapidly declines; some recovery may be possible, but this may take weeks, and peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis at specialized referral centers may be the cat’s only hope.
Toxic substances are found everywhere in our environment, and cats may fall victim to them via intentional administration by a well-meaning owner, or by stumbling upon them as a result of their inquisitive nature. Prevention is key when it comes to safeguarding your cat. Keep all potential poisons safely locked away, and keep cats indoors if possible.
See Also: Toxins and Cats
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