Easter Lilies Can Be Deadly For Your Cat!
ASPCA Poison Control Center
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in partnership with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) is leading a nationwide campaign to warn cat owners about the dangers of Easter lilies and certain other types of lilies. “Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum, Japanese show lily, some species of day lily, and certain other members of the Liliaceae family can cause kidney failure in cats,” says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Veterinary Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, “All parts of these lilies are considered toxic to cats and consuming even tiny amounts can be life threatening to your cat.” Cat owners are encouraged to consider safer alternatives to Easter Lilies such as Easter Orchids, Easter Lily Cactus, Easter Daisy or violets. According to Michael W. Brim, Public Relations and Marketing Director for 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.”
To help educate cat owners about the dangers of lilies, and other plants, the CFA and the ASPCA have developed website information for cat owners at http://www.cfainc.org/articles/lilies.html. Among the site’s materials are photos of common types of dangerous lilies and a list of non-toxic plants. Cat owners are encouraged to visit this site to learn more about how they can keep their cat’s home poison café.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is the only animal-oriented poison control center in North America. Established in 1978, the Center is the only facility if its kind staffed by twenty-five veterinarians including five board-certified veterinary toxicologists. Located in Urbana, Illinois, the specially trained staff provides assistance to pet owners and specific diagnostic and treatment recommendation to veterinarians pertaining to toxic chemicals and dangerous plants, products or substances 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. In 2001, the Center handled over 65,000 cases. The Center also provides extensive veterinary toxicology expert consulting on a wide away of subjects includes legal cases, formulation issues, product liability, and regulatory reporting.