Easter Lilies and Felines: DANGER DANGER! KEEP AWAY!
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.
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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