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10 March 2002
Easter Lilies Can Be Deadly to Cats

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The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and the Cat Fanciers' Association warns cat owners: Easter Lilies can be deadly for your cat!!!

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, in partnership with the Cat Fanciers' Association, is leading a nationwide campaign to warn cat owners about the dangers of Easter lilies and certain other types of lilies. "Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum, Japanese show lily, some species of day lily, and certain other members of the Liliaceae family can cause kidney failure in cats," says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Veterinary Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, "All parts of these lilies are considered toxic to cats and consuming even tiny amounts can be life threatening to your cat."

Cat owners are encouraged to consider safer alternatives to Easter lilies such as Easter Orchids, Easter Lily Cactus, Easter Daisy or violets.

According to Michael W. Brim, Public Relations and Marketing Director for the Cat Fanciers' Association, "Part of being a responsible pet owner is to educate yourself on the many different health issues facing your pet. Removing dangerous plants from your cat's home is an important part in having safer, healthier, and happier pets."

Should your feline friend eat part of a poisonous plant, rush the cat to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you can, take the plant with you for ease of identification.

Other Lilies to avoid if you have a cat in your home include:
GLORY LILY - Gloriosa Superba
TIGER LILY - Lilium tigrinum
STARGAZER LILY - Lilium orientalis
RUBRUM LILY - Lilium speciosum rubrum
ASIAN LILIES - Lily asiatic delicious
ASIAN LILIES - Lily asiatic montreaux

For more information about these and to see photos of the dangerous lilies, you can visit CFA's website:
Be safe and protect your beloved pets.

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