Easter Lilies Deadly to Cats, FDA Warnsthe daily dish
The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning cat owners against keeping Easter lilies in their home during the upcoming holiday, as that plant and others of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera are toxic to felines.
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While lilies are not as toxic to dogs, they are a serious threat to cats in any household, as reported by LiveScience. Even licking pollen from the plant or eating one of the leaves can cause acute kidney failure in felines.
"The first symptom of lily toxicity in cats is vomiting," said FDA veterinarian Melanie McLean. "If you have lilies in your home, checking for missing petals or chewed leaves can tell you whether your cat has found the flowers."
If a cat ingests a lily, the animal may also start to urinate frequently within the next 12 to 24 hours. If urinating then stops completely, it is a sign of kidney failure. If the cat doesn't receive medical attention, it can die from lily toxicity within four to seven days.
"If you suspect your cat has eaten any part of a lily or its pollen, call your veterinarian immediately, or take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic," McLean said.
The FDA recommends pet-proofing your home during the spring season. Many plants now in bloom can be fatally poisonous to cats and dogs.
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