Although often a springtime staple in many homes, cat lovers should be aware that Easter lilies (also known by the scientific name Lilium longiflorum) are poisonous to cats.
Every segment of the flower–and several other varieties of lilies–can be fatal to felines. Once ingested, vomiting and lethargy can quickly lead to kidney failure, followed by death within a span of three to six days.
If you suspect that your purring pal has consumed any portion of an Easter lily, rush your pet to a veterinarian at once. Quick action taken within the first 18 hours could be the difference between life and death.
For those looking for safe botanical beauty to brighten the holiday, the Cat Fanciers’ Association offers the following non-toxic alternatives:
- Easter cactus
- Easter daisies
- Easter orchids
For a comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to cats:
- visit ASPCA
- to call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, call (888) 426-4435 (available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week). A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.