|Valentine’s Day can be a deadly affair for cats|
“Lilies are exceedingly toxic and should be avoided at all cost,” said Dr Magdoline Awad, RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian.
“All parts of the lily are toxic, even a cat licking a small amount of pollen off their coat or chewing on a leaf can turn fatal,” Dr Awad said.
A few hours after ingesting the poisonous plant, cats may become sick and lethargic. After 24 hours, symptoms usually ease, but acute kidney failure develops within 2-3 days. If untreated, cats can die within 3-7 days.
Indoor cats and kittens are especially drawn to flowers and plants, as they are a form of environmental enrichment. As they investigate the plant, it’s common for them to play with and sometimes chew parts of it — ingesting possible toxins. Pet owners should instead provide safe and appropriate enrichment such as catnip and cat grass as well as interactive toys for their cats.
If a pet owner suspects that their cat has ingested any part of the lily plant, they should take their cat to a vet immediately. “Prevention is by far better than the cure,” Dr Awad advised.
Other flowers that may cause vomiting, loss of appetite and depression include:
- Bird of paradise
- Baby’s Breath