Everyone loves a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But it is all fun and games (or with flowers- a thoughtful gesture) until somebody gets hurt. Did you know that many species of lilies are toxic to cats?
With Easter and Mother’s Day just around the corner, a hidden danger will soon be making its way into millions of households across North America.
- Easter lily
- Asiatic lilies
- Day Lilies
- Peace Lilies
- Lily of the valley
- tiger lily
- Japanese show lily
- stargazer lily
- day lily
Just a little nibble from a leaf or petal can put your feline friend in the hospital with kidney failure (also called acute kidney injury)- even the pollen and vase water are potentially dangerous.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So the best thing you can do is to make sure that the flowers you bring home are not a a danger to your cat.
Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats (a great resource for pet owners)
Now, what exactly is “[Acute] Kidney Failure? BluePearl, a veterinary emergency hospital chain, breaks it down for you nicely here: Acute Kidney Injury