No Lilies for Kitties
Many cat lovers don’t realize the danger of these common flowers. Protect your feline friends and don’t bring these lilies indoors or gift them to homes with cats:
- Tiger Lily
- Asiatic Lily
- Day Lily
- Japanese Show Lily
- Easter Lily
True lilies (Lilium species) and daylilies (Hemerocallis species) are extremely toxic to cats. Ingestion of petals, leaves, or pollen can result in kidney failure and death. If your cat eats any part of these lilies, call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately. Early treatment is imperative!
Not all plants called “lilies” are highly toxic. Some, such as Peace (Spathiphyllum), Peruvian (Alstroemeria) and Calla (Zantedeschia) are less dangerous and typically cause only minor signs when eaten.
Safer cut flower choices include: Roses, sunflowers, tulips, irises, carnations, mums, cosmos, orchids, and baby’s breath. These flowers may cause vomiting and diarrhea, but are not life threatening.
For more info, visit the Poison Animal Helpline website.