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