Beware of lily poisoning in cats

Lilies are a favourite for a lot of us. But did you know that this humble flower is extremely poisonous for our feline companions?

How does it affect them?
Lilies contain a nephro toxin that causes acute kidney failure. The exact toxin isn’t known, but it is water soluble and ingestion can cause death of renal cells. Some of the most commonly found lily types that are known to be poisonous are: Easter lily, Tiger lily, Japanese how lily, Rubrum lily, Day lily.

It is not just the flower but the entire plant that can lead to toxicity in cats. The leaves, stamen, pollen, flowers, and roots and even a tiny amount of water from a vase which had lilies in it can poison a cat.

Signs and symptoms

  • Vomiting (with some pieces of the ingested plant)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive drooling
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Increased urination
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures
  • Bad breath
  • Absent urination
  • Increased or decreased thirst
  • Weakness

— Dr Ashimi Das

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