Are lilies toxic to cats? Symptoms and treatment

Although lilies are occasionally cultivated in gardens or as indoor plants, this is the most popular way to display them, particularly around Easter and Mother's Day. Lilies are particularly deadly to cats, so if you've got cats and you adore lilies, use caution. The whole thing is poisonous to cats, so even one bite can leave your cat quite ill. If the illness is not treated in a timely manner, your cat could die. It is crucial to learn as much as you can regarding this plant or the effects you might notice if the cat is touched by it because, sadly, there is no cure for lily toxicity and therapy is not always successful.

How do you identify cat lily poison?


A chewed-up plant piece, plant fragments in the vomit, or knowledge that a cat with renal disease has been exposed to lilies can all be used to identify lily toxicity in cats. Testing of the blood and urine is done to evaluate kidney function. To help with the diagnosis, if at all feasible, bring the plant and an image of the plant with you to the animal hospital or clinic (but make sure your cat cannot reach the plant or any of its parts).

How dangerous are lilies to cats?


All portions of the lily plant were toxic to cats, while the specifics of the lily poison are unclear. There are other types of lilies that are toxic as well, but the genera Lilium and Hemerocallis contain the most harmful and potentially lethal lilies for cats. We advise keeping the following plants outside of your house and, if the cat goes outside, out of the yard if you have these plants: Asiatic lily, Easter lily, Lily of the Valley, Rubrum lily, Tiger lily, Day lily, Stargazer lily, Wood lily, Peace lily, and Japanese show lily.

Cats' Lily Toxicity Symptoms


Be on the lookout for any indication that the cat has licked and eaten the plant, like sudden lassitude or vomiting, whether you keep a flower arrangement of lilies in the house or grow them in your garden. If this happens, search for any bite marks and other clues that your cat may have eaten any parts of the lily's petals and leaves.

1: Symptoms
2: Lethargy
3: Reduced appetite
4: Vomiting
5: Tremors
6: Seizures
7: Dehydration
8: Kidney failure
9: Death

Cats may exhibit the first symptoms of lily poisoning as early as two hours after consumption. Lethargy (with a low energy level), loss of appetite, or vomiting could be present at first. Tremors and seizures could develop as the illness worsens. If this toxin is exposed for an extended period of time, it can cause dehydration, renal failure, and possibly death. Lily of the Valley was a little unique in that it can lead to heart failure yet does not lead to renal failure.

Lily Toxicity in Cats Treatment


Consult a veterinarian right away if you believe your cat has consumed any lily plant material, even if there was a potential pollen exposure. If your local emergency hospital is open and your normal pet clinic is closed, call them. Knowing which lily the feline consumed and how much of it was exposed Have their contact information available in case you are instructed to call animal poison control.

Your cat has the best chance of surviving if you receive medical attention as soon as possible. If you know that your cat consumed the lily just a short while ago, the vet may induce vomiting to flush the stomach of as much toxin as possible. Or your vet might carry out a process called decontamination. The feline will be offered a thick oral liquid that will bind the toxins and transport them out of their bodies through the digestive system. This liquid frequently contains activated charcoal. Anuric renal failure, in which one's kidneys stop producing urine, may be avoided with aggressive fluid treatment started within 24 hours after consumption. Dialysis is the only cure for more serious conditions. Be ready for the cat to spend many days in the hospital.

How to Prevent Lily Toxicity


Keeping such plants away from your house and yard is the most effective way to keep the cat safe. However, you should seek immediate veterinary care if you discover that the cat is currently assisting itself with the lily. Just keep in mind that your cat has the best chance of surviving if the issue is discovered and treated quickly. Read More: 
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