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C2003-12

Dear Christopher Cat

I love Easter lilies, and so do my cats -– but they try to chew on them!  Is this safe?

Christopher Responds

I like to play in my mom’s flowers as much as the next cat, but she has made it clear to me that Easter lilies -– and several other types of lilies, including tiger lilies and day lilies -– are toxic to us cats.

These lilies cause kidney failure in cats.  All parts of the plants are poisonous, and a cat who eats even one leaf can die.

Within a few hours of ingestion, the poisoned cat may vomit and have little energy or appetite.  Aggressive veterinary treatment can be life-saving, but it must begin immediately.

So enjoy your favorite Easter lilies at public gardens, or even in your own garden -– but not where cats can get to them.

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