The sun is shining, the weather is warming and many of us love to bring beautiful, flowering plants into the house to welcome Spring! However, if you have cats at home, you do need to be cautious about which plants you invite home.
Though Lilies are festive and cheery, they are extremely toxic to cats. They can cause renal failure and death when even the smallest amount is ingested. Contact with leaves, flowers, and pollen are all hazards. If you suspect possible ingestion, call your veterinarian immediately. Even if you are questioning whether your cat ingested a piece of lily, it is still best to call. Seeking treatment early is the best option for your cat.
And the need to be on alert is not just at Easter – it is year round. Lilies are popular in floral arrangements, bouquets and outside as garden plants. Make sure you examine your bouquets before they enter your home. And here is a helpful tip: If you are sending a bouquet to a cat-friendly home, it is always best to ask for “No lilies” in the arrangement. Most florists are aware of the risk and some florists even have cat-safe arrangements!
We want to keep your cat healthy and happy during this great Spring season!