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Cats and Easter Lilies don’t mix!

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Easter Lilies abound at this time of year – they are purchased to make homes festive inside and out, as gifts, as tabletop décor and as a way to enjoy the spirit of the holiday and season.

The more Easter Lilies that are about, the more danger there is to your cat. Easter Lilies are one of the many plants that are extremely toxic to cats. Ingesting even just one leaf can cause dehydration, intense abdominal pain and potentially lethal kidney failure.

Signs that your cat may have chewed on the Easter Lily

Whether or not you actually saw your cat sniffing around the Easter Lily, they may have eaten some of the plant.

When a perfectly healthy cat suddenly begins to vomit, stops eating and drinking and shows signs of a painful stomach, ingesting this toxic plant toxic may be the cause. They may also show signs of dehydration and weakness.

Time is of the essence

If you suspect that your cat has nibbled on an Easter Lily, get him or her to your vet or local animal emergency hospital right away.

Tell them what you suspect. They will do blood work to look for the kidney failure associated with the eating of toxic plants.

If caught in time, your cat may be admitted to the intensive care unit and placed on intravenous fluids, blood work rechecks, tube feedings and medications. It may take days for your cat to finally have a clean bill of health and be allowed to go home feeling good and no longer in pain.

Sadly, not all cases are caught in time and many cats die as a result of eating poisonous plants – don’t let your cat become one of those fatalities.

Take precautions

Keep Easter lilies and other plants known to be toxic away from your cats.

Place these plants in an area the cat cannot get to or better yet, do not bring them into the house at all. Let your indoor only cat safely admire them adorning the outside of your home from the other side of a window or door.

Know the other toxic plants

There are other plants that are toxic to cats when they chew on them. The ASPCA has a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants for homes with feline members of the family. Make sure you keep toxic plants out of your cat’s environment for a cat safe home!

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