Lillies and Cats Research- How to avoid your cat’s death from some flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

It’s worth keeping in mind that some flowers can hurt the pets we love. Lilies & Cats are intoxicated by Lilies. Over recent years lily poisoning have become one of the most common poisoning of cats in the UK.

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We have been looking over key floral research and since we have had a cat join our home studio we felt it necessary to remind you of the research.

Over the year it used to be permethrin flea products that cause most poisoning of Cats.
Acute renal failure has been known to arise in cats after eating or ingesting various members of the lilium genus since 1989 (Brady & Janovitz, 2000). In 2004 three Lilium species were documented to have produced toxicosis in cats.

The three species were: – Lilium longiflorum (Longi Lily), Lilium tigrium (Tiger Lily) and the Asiatic hybrids, however other lilies are listed by the National Animal Poison Control Centre in the USA.
These include:
Lilium longiflorum(Longi Lily)
Lilium tigrium(Tiger Lily)
Lilium speciosum rubrum( Rubrum Lily)
Lilium umbellatum
Lilium orientalis ( Oriental Lily)
Hemerocallis (Day Lilies)

Cats are very fussy eaters but they do have a tendency to ingest parts of the lily from leaves, flowers and most of all the pollen. The kidney is the principle organ that is targeted by the toxin with the cat dying of acute renal failure 3-6 days after the exposure.  Clinical signs include depression, dehydration, increased urine, thirst, vomiting and anorexia.

Mortality from exposure is between 50 and 100% if treatment is not commenced before the onset of the clinical signs. Emergency treatment should be sought urgently, a vet should induce vomiting to empty the stomach and stop further toxin being absorbed, along with the administration of active charcoal to bind the toxins in the gut. Major intravenous fluid therapy will further help remove the toxins.

Cats coming into contact with the pollen should be shaved to remove the pollen from the coat hairs before they can groom themselves.

Advice for cat owners:-
Lilies are potentially lethal to cats if ingested.
All parts of lilies are thought to be toxic to cats.
The pollen bearing stamen should be removed from the flower, to stop cats contaminating their coats with the pollen and then ingesting during grooming.
Lilies should be placed where cats are NOT able to come into contact with them.

If cats have come into contact or eaten material from a lily emergency veterinary treatment should be sought immediately, if no treatment is sort 50-100% of cases prove fatal.

When transporting to the vets the cat should be prevented from grooming or the fur shaved to stop any further ingestion of the pollen.

Source: – Society of Floristry, Glen Cousquer BSc(hons) BVM&S Cert Zoo Med MRCVS

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4 Responses to Lillies and Cats Research- How to avoid your cat’s death from some flowers

  1. Paula says:

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  2. What a gorgeous ginger your new companion is! So glad that you are being thoughtful and careful about protecting your—and other people’s—feline friend from danger. They are such delightful company and deserve the same happiness and good health that your floral joys are meant to bring humans! Here in Texas I know that Oleanders are not native, but they have long been popular plants in southern US states, and I find I’m slightly nervous just being *around* them since moving down here, knowing that all parts of the plant are poisonous, toxic to humans and animals alike. I’d much, much rather enjoy less dangerous flora and not worry that they’re trying (however understandably, as I’m sure it’s only in self-defense among plants!) to kill my animal friends and me! 😉

    Thanks for sharing important information that many people probably don’t consider when choosing either pets or flowers!

    Hope you’re having a lovely start to November, my darlings!

    • yes, our new team member is beautiful and it occured to us that this information needs to be shared because so many of us have absolutely no idea….gosh….so wonderful….London is a bit foggy today….and beautiful as usual… to you and your family ….from us all….we always delight and light up when we hear from you….you have such power….and wisdom that you share….in such an invisible way…thank you from us all xxx

    • I hope you know that every post and note from you is a joy to me as well and brightens my days beyond words!
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