Saturday, April 14, 2007

Lily - Beautiful Yet Poisonous To Cats

The below is an article that I stumbled accross just minutes ago when I was visiting the CFA website. If you were to read carefully, you will realise that this article was featured before Easter but since I believe that many more of us out there are still ignorant of the effects of the beautiful Lilies to our cats, I've decided to include this article in my blog. Do read on and hopefully we shall all benefit from it.

In 2006, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center managed hundreds of cases involving lilies.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and the Cat Fanciers' Association warns cat owners: Easter Lilies can be deadly for your cat!!!

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) are again warning cat owners about the dangers of Easter lilies and other variations in the lily family. "Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum), Tiger lily (Lilium tigrinum), Rubrum lily (Lilium speciosum), Japanese show lily (Lilium lancifolium) and some species of the Day lily (Hemerocallis species) can cause kidney failure in cats," says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Veterinary Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. "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 of the lily plant, a cat may vomit, become lethargic or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat may develop kidney failure in 36 to 72 hours. Cat owners should remove lilies from their cat's access and are encouraged to consider safer alternatives such as Easter orchids, Easter cactus, Easter daisies or violets. The Cat Fanciers' Association has partnered with the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to help raise awareness among cat owners nationally about the dangers of toxic plants as well as offering safe alternatives. According to Allene Tartaglia, Executive Director of the Cat Fanciers' Association, "Part of being a responsible pet owner is to educate yourself on the many different health issues facing your pet. Removing dangerous plants from your cat's home is an important part in having safer, healthier and happier pets."

All parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats and consuming even small amounts can be life threatening.

To help educate cat owners about the dangers of lilies and other plants, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and CFA have developed online materials including photos of common types of dangerous lilies and a list of non-toxic plants. To download the materials visit www.apcc.aspca.org or www.cfa.org/articles/plants.html.

3 comments:

benauhc said...

Hey miss professional blogger. Seven posts in two days, amazing! now I know how you plan to spend your time in Melbourne.
Well continue to spread the love around and may your actions make this world a better place for animals.

PrettyPaws&DoggieRibbons said...

Hey brother from thousands of miles away. Thanks for dropping in. Hope to recover from this flu soon so that I will not bore you with another 7 posts in 2 days...

Info-66 said...

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I wanted to get in touch with You after I started reading Your Blog, which I got hook to. I enjoy the content and it looks very professional.

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Also the Blog feature CAT Articles and CAT Resources...

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Hope we stay in touch,
Regards, Roger B.



Roger Baillargeon
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