Most of us can identify Easter lilies just by looking at them. They’re the beautiful, trumpet-shaped white ornamental flowers that are very popular this time of year. But while they may be beautiful decorations, the dangers they pose to cats make them unsuitable in homes where felines can be found. Because Easter lilies will do more than just make your cat sick; they’ve actually been listed as part of the Top 20 Pet Toxins by the Animal Poison Control Center.
Easter lilies are in their entirety, very poisonous to cats – the stamen, stem, petals, leaves, pollen; all of them are very toxic to cats. And it also doesn’t matter if the plants are fresh or dried, as both forms pose a great danger to cats. Even placing them up high or in areas that the cat “can’t reach” is ineffective because as we all know, cats can jump, climb, and walk to just about anywhere that they want to go.
Of course, cat owners can’t keep an eye on their pets at all times, so it’s important to know what danger signs to look for just in case you were unaware of the poison the plant contained, and brought one into your home with your cat. Within the first 24 hours you might see vomiting and lethargy on the part of the cat, and they most likely won’t have an appetite. After 24 hours, an insatiable thirst along with an increase in urination are the most common symptoms. After this time however, urination may stop altogether as the kidneys may start to fail.
The only real answer to keeping cats safe from these plants are to not allow them in your home at all. There are many other plants and flowers that will keep your home beautiful during the spring, and that will keep your cat healthy and happy.
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