Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Lilies are Toxic to Cats

It is that time of year again! Only a few more days until spring and Easter is right around the corner. 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 us 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.

Other flowers associated with spring and Easter that are also toxic to cats are Azaleas, Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Daffodils, Hydrangeas, Marigolds, Geraniums, and Hyacinths.

Easter is also a time when our homes are filled with chocolate, which is also highly toxic to cats (and dogs). Please remember to keep chocolate and other candy out of your pet’s reach and remind your children and grandchildren not to feed such items to pets as treats.

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.

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