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Lilies Are Deadly to Cats

By Christy True
published: April 7, 2020 - updated: March 15, 2022 • 1 min. read
Toxic lilies for cats

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When it comes to our pets, some plants are more toxic than others. Lilies are one type of plant that is downright toxic to cats and should be kept well out of reach or out of the home altogether. Curious kitties that may try a little nibble can face serious health consequences.
Infographic showing types of lilies and lilies are toxic to pets

Lilies are deadly to cats

If your cat eats any part of a lily plant, treat it like a medical emergency. The leaves, stem, petals, and pollen are all highly toxic to cats.

Toxic lilies

  • Tiger lilies
  • Daylilies
  • Asiatic lilies
  • Easter lilies
  • Japanese show lilies

Symptoms of lily ingestion in cats

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures

Immediate care is crucial

Delayed treatment or not treatment can lead to kidney failure and death. See a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Read how curiosity almost killed the cat: Blue the Siberian Forest Cat munched on some lily petals and leaves, earning him an emergency trip to the vet.

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical diagnosis, condition, or treatment options.

Christy True and Tomas
By Christy True

Christy has been writing about pets for Healthy Paws for 21 dog years. She previously worked in journalism, hence her penchant for writing about offbeat animal studies and the latest viral pet trends. She has been owned by several dogs, and right now, Tomas, a Mexican street dog rescue, is staring at her because he wants a walk. Outside of work, she can usually be found sliding down a mountain near her home in Bend, Ore.

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