Keeping Cats Safe: Plants and Cats – Katzenworld

Many plants have lily in their name, but it’s all species of Lilium (true lily) and Hemerocallis (day lily) that are most dangerous.

All parts of the plants are toxic, the pollen, flowers, stem and
leaves. Ingestion of less than one leaf, or just part of a flower can
cause severe poisoning and there are reports of cats developing renal
failure after being exposed only to pollen. Even drinking the water from
a vase holding cut lilies can be fatal. The toxin causes severe damage
to the kidneys, which can cause kidney failure and can result in death.

Symptoms of poisoning include:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Refusing food
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • On examination a vet may find enlarged and painful kidneys

If you suspect your cat has been exposed to lilies, it’s important to seek veterinary advice immediately.

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