spring here, many of us well be planting lilies in our garden and buying
them potted for our homes. While
they look beautiful, several types can be deadly to cats. The Asparagus Fern, Lily-of-the-Valley, Tiger Lily, and
Easter Lily are among the most deadly of the Liliaceae family, causing
kidney failure in cats.
parts of the lily plant are toxic, and consuming even small amounts can
cause severe poisoning. It
only takes a few hours after ingestion of the plant for the cat to begin
to show signs of kidney failure, including vomiting, lethargy, and lack
of appetite. As the kidney
damage progresses, the signs worsen.
Without prompt treatment by your veterinarian, your cat will
develop kidney failure within 72 hours.
are not the only plants that are potentially poisonous to cats.
There are hundreds of different species that could cause a mild
or serious problem. If you
suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, contact your veterinarian
or poison control center immediately.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty/Animalsí National Animal Poison Control Center 24 hour poison control hotline for animals telephone number is: 888-526-4435 or 800-548-2423. For online information, visit the website at http://www.napcc.aspca.org .
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