Spring is upon us and Easter will be here before we know it. Most of us will be buying plants for the garden or our window boxes and loved ones give us colorful bouquets to sit around the house. But for those of us who are pet owners, we must keep in mind some plants and flowers are highly toxic and potentially deadly to animals.
The most common Easter flowers are lilies and several types of lilies are highly toxic to cats. These include: Easter lily, Tiger lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese show lily, Stargazer lily, and some species of the Day lily. Unfortunately, all parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats and consuming even small amounts can be life threatening. Within only a few hours of ingestion, a cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage or renal failure progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat’s kidneys shut down within 36 to 72 hours; which is fatal.
Other flowers associated with spring and Easter that are also toxic to cats are Azaleas, Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Daffodils, Hydrangeas, Marigolds, Geraniums, and Hyacinths.
Being a responsible pet owner means keeping our pets safe and this means removing all potential hazards from our homes (or at least keeping them out of reach). As the seasons change and holidays come and go, please remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind.