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ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center Warns Cat Owners of Lily Dangers.

 

Who:

The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA NAPCC) would like to educate cat owners about the dangers of certain types of lily plants.

The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, an operating division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is the only animal-oriented poison control center in North America. It is a unique, emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance. The Center's hotline veterinarians can quickly answer questions about toxic chemicals, dangerous plants, products or substances found in our everyday surroundings that can prove poisonous or fatal to animals.

 

What:

LILY HAZARDS FOR CATS

 

As spring approaches, lilies will become more common in households as potted plants or in bouquets. According to Michigan State University Extension's Grower Guide, Easter lilies are the third most important flowering pot-plant grown in the United States, with l0 to 11 million plants produced annually. Unfortunately, several types of lilies can be deadly to cats. Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, Japanese show lily, some species of day lily, and certain other members of the Liliaceae family can cause kidney failure in cats.

Within only a few hours of ingestion of the lily plant material, the cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat may develop kidney failure in approximately 36-72 hours.

All parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats and consuming even small amounts can cause severe poisoning. Cat owners should be aware of the dangers of lily ingestion and remove them from their cat's access.

 

 

Lilies that have been shown to cause kidney failure in cats include:*

 

Common names

Scientific names

Easter lily

Lilium longiflorum

Tiger lily

Lilium tigrinum

Rubrum lily

Lilium speciosum

Japanese show lily

Lilium lancifolium

Day lily

Hemerocallis species

* please note: this list is not all inclusive

 

 

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written by

Jill A. Richardson, D.V.M.

Veterinary Poison Information Specialist

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

 

 

Contact:

FOR CONSULTATION SERVICES

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

1-888-4-ANI-HELP

 

 

FOR ONLINE INFORMATION

For online information about the ASPCA/NAPCC visit the web site at http://www.napcc.aspca.org.