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Feline Friday: Easter Lilies Kill Cats!

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"I soooo cute...can I eat it?" (note, daffodils are toxic...these are fake!)


Cats are SUPPOSED to be obligate carnivores…a fancy way of saying they need meat. I’m sure that’s a comfort to the mice. So if they love mousy morsels so much, what’s up with them gnoshing greens?

Seren loves eating flowers. Roses, tulips, palm greenery…anything that comes into the house within paw-reach gets tasted. And actually dogs are more likely to munch on vegetation and target houseplants. But this time of year, as the Christian world celebrates Easter, our cats are at high risk for dying. Easter Lilies kill cats!

Detailed advice for dealing with the most common plant poisoning is available in The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. The ASPCA Animal Poison-Control Center is available for telephone consultations (1-888-426-4435) in case of poisoning emergency. For Easter lilies, if you see your pet munching, make ’em vomit immediately by squirting 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into the pet’s mouth–then get the vet asap.

Glass flowers are safe.

You can keep your pet family members safe and sound by simply removing all dangerous plants from their access. Consider beautiful but safer alternatives to lilies, such as Easter orchids, Easter daisies and violets. This Pet Talk video is from a year or so back (the dogs have been adopted, yay!), but the info is still current and important.

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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

7 responses »

  1. I had no idea, Amy! Note to self: never give a cat owner another Easter lily.

    Great post!

  2. Thanks Jenny. Scary stuff–and a tragedy waiting to happen. By the way…the yellow flowers with the kitten are fake. *s*

  3. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for the tip. I’ll tell Missy and Oreo, my two cat buddies, to lay off the lilies and the communion wine. I hear tell that daffodils are poisonous to we canines as well. They end up in Easter displays too.

    • Thanks for visiting–and I’ll make a note on the daffodils (they’re fake ones in that picture!). The catnip is enough intoxication for kitties, they don’t need communion wine! *s*

  4. Thanks so much I had no idea! I’ll be sure not to get any then.

  5. What about Poinsettias? I may have just butchered the spelling….I love them at Christmas, but my Shady-cat won’t leave them alone, and I’ve “heard” they are poisonous too.

  6. Hi Tiffany,
    You spelled it right. *s* And poinsettias have gotten a bad rap. Yes, they can cause a bit of tummy irritation if eaten, but they are not particularly toxic to cats and dogs. Probably Shady-cat is more dangerous to the plant than vice versa! Here’s the straight poop on this plant:


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