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Easter Lilies Can Kill Cats, FDA Warns

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 02:19 PM

Easter lilies are a pretty adornment for the Christian holiday, but can be deadly to house cats, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
 
These white flowers are toxic to felines who might nibble at the plants' petals and leaves. Related flowers, such as tiger, Asiatic, day-, and Japanese Show lilies, are also poisonous to cats, the LiveScience Website reports.

Pet owners who suspect their cats have eaten a part of a lily should call their veterinarian immediately, or take their cat to an emergency veterinary clinic, said Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at FDA.
 
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Eating even a couple of leaves or licking a few pollen grains off their fur can cause cats to suffer acute kidney failure, she said. All parts of these plants, which are members of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera, are considered poisonous.
 
If you have lilies in your home, she advised checking for missing petals or chewed leaves that may indicate your cat has found the flowers.
 
The first symptom of lily toxicity in cats is vomiting, followed by frequent urination. Then a poisoned cat may stop urinating stop altogether, which is a sign of kidney failure.

If not brought to a veterinarian, the cat will die within four to seven days. Other signs to watch for include drooling, loss of appetite and decreased activity.

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Easter lilies are a pretty adornment for the Christian holiday, but can be deadly to house cats, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
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