Lily Toxicity in Cats

As Easter approaches, species of Lily plants will be flooding the market. Cat owners need to be aware of the risks of toxicity (poisoning) associated with lilies. Many different species of plants are called lilies. Toxic examples include (but are not limited to):


a) Easter Lily
b) Day Lily
c) Asiatic Lily
d) Tiger Lily
e) Lily of the Valley

All parts of the plant including the pollen, flowers, stem and leaves are toxic if ingested. Lily intoxication can lead to acute kidney failure and subsequent death through the action of the toxin on the cat’s kidneys.

Clinical signs you may note in your pet resulting from toxicity can include:


1. Vomiting
2. Decreased appetite
5.Excessive or decreased thirst and urination
6.Painful Abdomen

If you see your cat consuming ANY part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to the veterinarian for medical care. The sooner the better!

Treatment and monitoring strategies can include:

i) Decontamination through inducing vomiting (will depend on when plant was ingested)
ii) Administration of substances to decreased absorption of the toxin
iii) IV fluid therapy
iv) Monitoring the kidney function through blood tests
v) Other supportive care as needed

Be safe this Easter, watch what plants are introduced into your home!