02 Feb Forgo The Bouquet
The Animal Poisons Helpline receives calls every day regarding pets ingesting poisonous plants. Many exposures can be managed at home, with only approximately 1 in 10 plant exposures requiring immediate veterinary assessment.
One plant that we get particularly concerned about are Lilies (those in the Lilium or Hemerocallis genus). Cats are exquisitely sensitive to Lilies. Chewing on or ingesting any part of the plant, or even grooming pollen off the coat or paws can result in kidney injury.
Many cat owners are unaware of the dangers of Lilies, and they may be unintentionally brought into the house in floral arrangements. If you are a cat owner, we recommend not bringing Lilies into the house at all. If you are gifting flowers to a cat owner, please ensure the arrangement does not contain Lilies.
To help raise awareness of the dangers of Lilies to cats, we wanted to share Amelia’s story with our followers. Amelia’s quick actions possibly saved her cat Phoenix (pictured below).
“When a bunch of flowers arrived for my birthday, I had no idea they would be deadly for my cat Phoenix.
One morning Phoenix‘s little white paws had turned yellow as he licked off some Lily pollen that he had stepped on. My gut instinct told me to google if this might be a problem, and what I found about Lilies was shocking. That this extremely common flower found in bunches delivered to homes everyday – can silently shut down a cat’s organs in a matter of 72 hours.
I decided to get advice from the Animal Poisons Helpline who quickly answered my call and explained to me that Phoenix needed urgent care. Even if he didn’t look sick now, cats often don’t show signs of kidney failure until it’s too late.
Thanks to the advice of the Helpline, we rushed Phoenix to the emergency hospital and he was there for 2 days. If we hadn’t taken such quick action, he could have ended up with lifelong kidney problems or worse. We were lucky that we caught Phoenix’s Lily exposure so quickly and got him to hospital in time for them to save him and his kidneys. But other cats and owners aren’t so lucky.
I wish I had known that Lilies were so deadly to cats.
I hope sharing our story helps spread the word to other cat owners about the danger of Lilies and helps save the lives of other cats like our Phoenix”.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is free to all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand. If you are concerned your pet may have been exposed to a poison, phone ☎️1300 869 738 (AU) or ☎️0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice, even if your pet looks well.