Lily poisoning in cats

Lilies - the stamens can easily be removed but ALL parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten
Lilies - the stamens can easily be removed but ALL parts of the plant are poisonous to cats if eaten.

Lilies are beautiful flowers, exotic in appearance and heavily scented. They are often included in bouquets and floral arrangements, but cat owners need to know that they are extremely poisonous if eaten, or even if pollen is accidentally swallowed whilst grooming after brushing against a lily.

It is thought that all parts of the lily flower and plant are poisonous to cats if eaten, and the effects are very serious and very fast. Only a very small amount needs to be eaten to cause devastating effects. Unfortunately kittens are most susceptible, not only because of their size but also because of their natural curiosity and tendency to investigate everything.

The poison acts mainly on the kidneys and is absorbed very rapidly. The first sign is usually severe vomiting but cats may also show loss of appetite, depression, salivation, twitching or collapse. Sadly, a high number of them will die due to irreversible kidney damage. Others will survive but have permanent kidney damage. Only a lucky few will survive without long-lasting effects.

The most important factor in treatment is seeking rapid veterinary help. Any cat which has been seen to eat part of a lily or is vomiting and has had possible contact with lilies, should be considered a veterinary emergency. There is no specific antidote to lily poisoning, but the chance of survival will be increased by giving fluid therapy as early as possible. By placing the cat on a drip, the kidneys are helped to eliminate the toxin and limit the damage to the kidneys. The rate of administration of fluids will be much higher than usual and will need to continue for several days if the cat is recovering. If a cat is presented very early, even before vomiting has occurred, it might be useful to induce vomiting to try to stop toxin being absorbed, or to lavage, or wash out, the stomach or to try to line the stomach with a charcoal substance to reduce further absorption. Other drugs may be given as well, particularly if there are neurological symptoms such as twitching, salivating or fitting.

I have seen several cases of lily poisoning in cats over the years, and sadly, at least half of them died or were put to sleep because the effects were so severe.

In my opinion, the warnings on lilies sold in some shops are not obvious enough. Some labels may carry a single line such as โ€œLily pollen is harmful to cats if eatenโ€, but this does not really convey the seriousness of the situation or advise the buyer that immediate action is needed. Some supermarket lilies have had the pollen bearing parts removed, but this does not change the fact that all parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten rather than just brushed against.

If you own a cat it is worth considering keeping lilies out of your house altogether, or at least out of reach. Bear in mind that a healthy curious cat can reach most things if it puts its mind to it!

If you are worried that your cat may have eaten part of a lily, or about any other health problems, please contact your vet immediately.

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114 thoughts on “Lily poisoning in cats

  1. Jenny,

    I am entirely in agreement with your penultimate paragraph that there are insufficient warnings about the risks that lilies pose to cats. We lost one of our young Bangali cats (only 18 months old) to lily poisoning only yesterday. Our vet battled for 5 days so save her but when multiple organ failure and haemorrhaging set in on Sunday afternoon we decided the kindest thing was to put her to sleep. We feel awful that we were the cause of her death. My wife had been presented with a bouquet of flowers just before Christmas containing lilies, and it is too much of a co-incidence for there to be any other cause of death. There was no warning on the packaging at all. I am currently drafting an article that I intend submitting to our local press and village magazines in an effort to raise the profile of this danger. We are very relieved that our other Bangali cat (sister to the one that died) is still alive, well and showing no symptoms of poisoning.

    Regards, Andy Henderson.

  2. Jenny,

    I am entirely in agreement with your penultimate paragraph that there are insufficient warnings about the risks that lilies pose to cats. We lost one of our young Bangali cats (only 18 months old) to lily poisoning only yesterday. Our vet battled for 5 days so save her but when multiple organ failure and haemorrhaging set in on Sunday afternoon we decided the kindest thing was to put her to sleep. We feel awful that we were the cause of her death. My wife had been presented with a bouquet of flowers just before Christmas containing lilies, and it is too much of a co-incidence for there to be any other cause of death. There was no warning on the packaging at all. I am currently drafting an article that I intend submitting to our local press and village magazines in an effort to raise the profile of this danger. We are very relieved that our other Bangali cat (sister to the one that died) is still alive, well and showing no symptoms of poisoning.

    Regards, Andy Henderson.

  3. Dear Andy,
    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your cat through suspected lily
    poisoning. It is a very distressing condition and I welcome all efforts to
    make people more aware of the risks. Well done for your determination to
    make this more widely known which can only help to save cats lives in the
    future.
    My condolences once again.
    Jenny

  4. Dear Andy,
    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your cat through suspected lily
    poisoning. It is a very distressing condition and I welcome all efforts to
    make people more aware of the risks. Well done for your determination to
    make this more widely known which can only help to save cats lives in the
    future.
    My condolences once again.
    Jenny

  5. hello iv just rushed my two 5month old kittens to the vets as i saw them both sniffing around some lily’s that my mum got me, they both seemed fine in themselves but they did both have pollen around there faces im so worried about them ๐Ÿ™

  6. hello iv just rushed my two 5month old kittens to the vets as i saw them both sniffing around some lily’s that my mum got me, they both seemed fine in themselves but they did both have pollen around there faces im so worried about them ๐Ÿ™

  7. I have just picked up my 10 week old kitten from the vets after he ate some lilly flowers! i came home to find him covered in pollen and suspected he may have eaten the flowers. I rang the vets to see if there we’re any dangers with what he had done and they told me to bring him down straight away wiyhin 2 hours he had had an injection to make him vomit that confirmed he had eaten 2 lilly petals and one stalk. they washed all the pollen off him and after being on a drip for 24hrs hes back home with activated coal. he’s had blood tests this morning that we’re all clear and i will be taking him back next week for more to check his renal function. so fingers crossed! I am so appauled that these flowers do not come with a warning on them!

  8. I have just picked up my 10 week old kitten from the vets after he ate some lilly flowers! i came home to find him covered in pollen and suspected he may have eaten the flowers. I rang the vets to see if there we’re any dangers with what he had done and they told me to bring him down straight away wiyhin 2 hours he had had an injection to make him vomit that confirmed he had eaten 2 lilly petals and one stalk. they washed all the pollen off him and after being on a drip for 24hrs hes back home with activated coal. he’s had blood tests this morning that we’re all clear and i will be taking him back next week for more to check his renal function. so fingers crossed! I am so appauled that these flowers do not come with a warning on them!

  9. So worried. Looking after a friends 3 month old kitten, while they are out of the country, and about an hour ago I caught her eating a stamen from a stargazer lily on the windowsill. She had a small amount of pollen on her nose, which I washed off immediately. Called the vet, who said to bring her in if she started becoming unwell, but she seems fine so far.
    I owned a Siamese cat for 16 years, and never heard of lilies being poisonous to cats!! I often had lilies around the house. I have now removed the flowers to a place the kitten can’t get to, but I really wish that a large print notice would be placed on any flowers that are dangerous to pets, and intend to write to all supermarkets to ask them to do this.

  10. So worried. Looking after a friends 3 month old kitten, while they are out of the country, and about an hour ago I caught her eating a stamen from a stargazer lily on the windowsill. She had a small amount of pollen on her nose, which I washed off immediately. Called the vet, who said to bring her in if she started becoming unwell, but she seems fine so far.
    I owned a Siamese cat for 16 years, and never heard of lilies being poisonous to cats!! I often had lilies around the house. I have now removed the flowers to a place the kitten can’t get to, but I really wish that a large print notice would be placed on any flowers that are dangerous to pets, and intend to write to all supermarkets to ask them to do this.

  11. I cannot believe the lack of publicity concerning the terrible danger these flowers are to cats. Something needs to be done. My daughters 2 kittens are at present be treated for this and the RSPCA are doing what they can…….. we are very worried after reading all the facts. Not only is all this very distressing it is very expensive as vets fees are not cheap. Hopefully they will survive but then will they have kidney or other problems in later life which will be awful for the cats and further treatment costly!!!!! The lilies came from Tescos and there are no large signs to says DEADLY TO CATS!!!!!!! Will let you know the outcome……..

  12. I cannot believe the lack of publicity concerning the terrible danger these flowers are to cats. Something needs to be done. My daughters 2 kittens are at present be treated for this and the RSPCA are doing what they can…….. we are very worried after reading all the facts. Not only is all this very distressing it is very expensive as vets fees are not cheap. Hopefully they will survive but then will they have kidney or other problems in later life which will be awful for the cats and further treatment costly!!!!! The lilies came from Tescos and there are no large signs to says DEADLY TO CATS!!!!!!! Will let you know the outcome……..

  13. I recently received a bouquet of lilies (orange – Tiger?)when I returned home from the hospital. My cat, 8 yrs. of age, has NEVER vomited, but started vomiting and in the vomit was part of a Tiger Lilly. I looked up poisoning, saw one symptom is no urine. I checked his box, and no urine was in it. We rushed him to the vet, and he is being given intrveinous treatments, etc. WHERE WAS THE WARNING ON THE FLOWERS???

  14. I recently received a bouquet of lilies (orange – Tiger?)when I returned home from the hospital. My cat, 8 yrs. of age, has NEVER vomited, but started vomiting and in the vomit was part of a Tiger Lilly. I looked up poisoning, saw one symptom is no urine. I checked his box, and no urine was in it. We rushed him to the vet, and he is being given intrveinous treatments, etc. WHERE WAS THE WARNING ON THE FLOWERS???

  15. My 6 month old kitten is at the vets as we speak, having come in close contact with some lilies, he has been on a drip for 24 hours and needs to be kept on this now for at least another 24 hours, the vet said he is bright in himself but not passing urine, which is not a good sign, i never thought that lilies would cause this, i will be writing a letter to tescos explaining what has happened as i also think the labeling needs to be more clear for cat owners

  16. My 6 month old kitten is at the vets as we speak, having come in close contact with some lilies, he has been on a drip for 24 hours and needs to be kept on this now for at least another 24 hours, the vet said he is bright in himself but not passing urine, which is not a good sign, i never thought that lilies would cause this, i will be writing a letter to tescos explaining what has happened as i also think the labeling needs to be more clear for cat owners

  17. Hello,

    The day before yesterday I noticed my cat had pollen on her nose and paw, I new it had come from the bouquet of flowers my boyfriend had bought me for valentines day, Lilly’s were the only flower in it that the pollen would have come from, my cat is 15 an old loving girl, I vagley remember my mum telling me that Lilly’s can harm cats, I went on the Internet straight away and found this colume, at the end it says to contact your vet and I did, inky was rushed in and given treatment, I was told last night to prepare for the worst, amazingly my strong girl made it through and quiet honestly and can say is sitting on my lap at this very moment while I’m writing this.
    The main reason she is alive is because I acted on it so fast and I feel I have this sight to thank for that. So a massive thank you for informing people of this, you have saved my cats life, xxxxx

  18. Hello,

    The day before yesterday I noticed my cat had pollen on her nose and paw, I new it had come from the bouquet of flowers my boyfriend had bought me for valentines day, Lilly’s were the only flower in it that the pollen would have come from, my cat is 15 an old loving girl, I vagley remember my mum telling me that Lilly’s can harm cats, I went on the Internet straight away and found this colume, at the end it says to contact your vet and I did, inky was rushed in and given treatment, I was told last night to prepare for the worst, amazingly my strong girl made it through and quiet honestly and can say is sitting on my lap at this very moment while I’m writing this.
    The main reason she is alive is because I acted on it so fast and I feel I have this sight to thank for that. So a massive thank you for informing people of this, you have saved my cats life, xxxxx

  19. Just came back from emergency.. I suspected that my little Lilly ate lily! I didn’t know its poisonous otherwise I will not buy it!
    I took her to the vet after 3 hrs and she is there now.. I hope she will be fine.. She was eating drinking and went to her litter box after that.. However I couldn’t take the risk to Lise her..

    I believe warning sign should be their if this is poisonous plant..

  20. Just came back from emergency.. I suspected that my little Lilly ate lily! I didn’t know its poisonous otherwise I will not buy it!
    I took her to the vet after 3 hrs and she is there now.. I hope she will be fine.. She was eating drinking and went to her litter box after that.. However I couldn’t take the risk to Lise her..

    I believe warning sign should be their if this is poisonous plant..

  21. Our 5 yr old Gray longhair cat, Cupcake, ate part of a lilly leaf from a bouquet I got from being in the hospital. Immediately we took her to the emergency vet–within 30 minutes of ingestion–and she is spending her second night at a vet hospital. It is a horrible thing, not knowing if she will make it. She is such an important part of our small family and the unknown is killing me. The bill will be the cost of a car, but it is worth it if she survives. (Not like I have the money, but as my daughter’s sole parent and Cupcake being her angel with four legs and fur…I would do anything to bring Cupcake back!!!) Cupcake is doing her second night at the vet hospital and may have a few more days–we will continue visiting her 2x per day.Just hope she makes it and I will personally pass the word to Animal Shelters, Pet stores and Florists about the horrific deadly consequence of lilies around cats. Wish is well and I will keep you posted.

  22. Our 5 yr old Gray longhair cat, Cupcake, ate part of a lilly leaf from a bouquet I got from being in the hospital. Immediately we took her to the emergency vet–within 30 minutes of ingestion–and she is spending her second night at a vet hospital. It is a horrible thing, not knowing if she will make it. She is such an important part of our small family and the unknown is killing me. The bill will be the cost of a car, but it is worth it if she survives. (Not like I have the money, but as my daughter’s sole parent and Cupcake being her angel with four legs and fur…I would do anything to bring Cupcake back!!!) Cupcake is doing her second night at the vet hospital and may have a few more days–we will continue visiting her 2x per day.Just hope she makes it and I will personally pass the word to Animal Shelters, Pet stores and Florists about the horrific deadly consequence of lilies around cats. Wish is well and I will keep you posted.

  23. I brought home some leftover lilies from a party I went to, I was lucky enough to have heard that cats were allergic to lily pollen, so i looked it up just in case and I now have moved the lilies to a safe place where my two cats, Bubbles and Twilight, can not reach them. stores should provide a large notice on lilies and any other plants that are a threat to our pets.
    deeply sorry if anyone’s cat has been harmed or killed in this consequence.

  24. I brought home some leftover lilies from a party I went to, I was lucky enough to have heard that cats were allergic to lily pollen, so i looked it up just in case and I now have moved the lilies to a safe place where my two cats, Bubbles and Twilight, can not reach them. stores should provide a large notice on lilies and any other plants that are a threat to our pets.
    deeply sorry if anyone’s cat has been harmed or killed in this consequence.

  25. My wife tells me that apart from Lillys there are other flowers which can be harmful for cats and these are labelled as such by Marks & Spencers when buying such flowers at their stores so keep a watch out. Regrettably we have now had to exclude Lillys etc from our house as we have two young cats, Quinn and Maisy, who sniff everything.

  26. My wife tells me that apart from Lillys there are other flowers which can be harmful for cats and these are labelled as such by Marks & Spencers when buying such flowers at their stores so keep a watch out. Regrettably we have now had to exclude Lillys etc from our house as we have two young cats, Quinn and Maisy, who sniff everything.

  27. My young cat is now on a drip at the vets after touching some lily pollen. Beside myself.
    I hope all the stories above of cats in vets had happy endings x

  28. My young cat is now on a drip at the vets after touching some lily pollen. Beside myself.
    I hope all the stories above of cats in vets had happy endings x

  29. My beautiful semi long furred tabby with white bib, cheeks & paws was found in a neighbours garden evening before last. She had died not even 2 yrs old. I had lilies in the house. Some of the flowers had died & dropped on the carpet. She wasn’t that fussed about her food the few days before & her breathing was a bit rapid but I had no idea she was dying. I now blame myself as didn’t know about lily poison until a friend told me last night. I didn’t see yellowing on her paws but she licked them a lot. I will never know for sure but I am devastated that it’s an easy thing I could have avoided if the warnings were there in Tesco. Grief stricken

  30. My beautiful semi long furred tabby with white bib, cheeks & paws was found in a neighbours garden evening before last. She had died not even 2 yrs old. I had lilies in the house. Some of the flowers had died & dropped on the carpet. She wasn’t that fussed about her food the few days before & her breathing was a bit rapid but I had no idea she was dying. I now blame myself as didn’t know about lily poison until a friend told me last night. I didn’t see yellowing on her paws but she licked them a lot. I will never know for sure but I am devastated that it’s an easy thing I could have avoided if the warnings were there in Tesco. Grief stricken

  31. My little Bella is currently in kitty hospital after suspected lily poisoning. I noticed last night that she had yellow pollen on her Paws and around her mouth. I looked on this website for further information and as advised I called my vet who said to bring her up immediately. The vet bill was going to be ยฃ210 but I have managed to get it for a donation at a charity! She has been in for nearly 24 hours, I am aware they have made her sick and put her on a drip to get the fluids into her. I have been told that she is using the litter tray and eating (she has also got enough energy to be naughty) so I am hoping and praying that she Is ok. She means the world to me and if I lost her id be distraught. I am also considering writing to local news papers to ensure this whole city are aware of these dangers from something so stupid!!! I will keep you updated. I hope I can say she is sitting here on my lap in less than 48 hours. Fingers crossed!

  32. My little Bella is currently in kitty hospital after suspected lily poisoning. I noticed last night that she had yellow pollen on her Paws and around her mouth. I looked on this website for further information and as advised I called my vet who said to bring her up immediately. The vet bill was going to be ยฃ210 but I have managed to get it for a donation at a charity! She has been in for nearly 24 hours, I am aware they have made her sick and put her on a drip to get the fluids into her. I have been told that she is using the litter tray and eating (she has also got enough energy to be naughty) so I am hoping and praying that she Is ok. She means the world to me and if I lost her id be distraught. I am also considering writing to local news papers to ensure this whole city are aware of these dangers from something so stupid!!! I will keep you updated. I hope I can say she is sitting here on my lap in less than 48 hours. Fingers crossed!

  33. My 1 yr old cat was put to sleep at the weekend with kidney failure. Blood tests were done that confirmed ethylene glycol (antifreeze) ingestion however I am concerned that since there are lilies in the neighbours garden that it may have been that instead. The symptoms are the same and I’ve read that lily toxication can sometimes be confused with antifreeze. Is it possible the lilies may have been the cause even though vets said it was the chemical? Or was this ruled out when the blood results came back? I know it’s too late to do anything now but just knowing would put my mind at rest as we are devastated. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hello, we are so sorry for your sad loss. The blood tests that are analysed are pretty accurate. Many illnesses can take the same symptoms and unfortunately cats seem attracted to antifreeze (much more than lilies). Best wishes, Dave @ Vet Help Direct.

  34. My 1 yr old cat was put to sleep at the weekend with kidney failure. Blood tests were done that confirmed ethylene glycol (antifreeze) ingestion however I am concerned that since there are lilies in the neighbours garden that it may have been that instead. The symptoms are the same and I’ve read that lily toxication can sometimes be confused with antifreeze. Is it possible the lilies may have been the cause even though vets said it was the chemical? Or was this ruled out when the blood results came back? I know it’s too late to do anything now but just knowing would put my mind at rest as we are devastated. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hello, we are so sorry for your sad loss. The blood tests that are analysed are pretty accurate. Many illnesses can take the same symptoms and unfortunately cats seem attracted to antifreeze (much more than lilies). Best wishes, Dave @ Vet Help Direct.

  35. My 14 week old kitten ate 2 tiger Lilly petals…. I only noticed it because it was in his vomit, so I brought him to the vet they gave him charcoal some fluids and did blood and urine tests….everything was normal but they said he should be on an I’v for 48 hours. I just cant afford it I’ve spent well over 1000$ on this cat. Anyway any ideas onto his out come? Urinating fine eating fine drinking fine.

  36. My 14 week old kitten ate 2 tiger Lilly petals…. I only noticed it because it was in his vomit, so I brought him to the vet they gave him charcoal some fluids and did blood and urine tests….everything was normal but they said he should be on an I’v for 48 hours. I just cant afford it I’ve spent well over 1000$ on this cat. Anyway any ideas onto his out come? Urinating fine eating fine drinking fine.

    1. Rob, are there any charitable organisations you could approach for assistance? It’s impossible to predict his outcome, as each animal is different… it’s really a case of speaking to the vet for honest answers. Best wishes, Dave.

    1. Rob, are there any charitable organisations you could approach for assistance? It’s impossible to predict his outcome, as each animal is different… it’s really a case of speaking to the vet for honest answers. Best wishes, Dave.

  37. Im looking for a “charitable” place currently…as for the current vet, i have an appt for thursday. So one day from now for more blood and urine tests. It would be a shame foe anything to happen to this kitten. I like him more than most humans. Anyway thanx.

    P.s. I will never buy a plant or flower again.

  38. Im looking for a “charitable” place currently…as for the current vet, i have an appt for thursday. So one day from now for more blood and urine tests. It would be a shame foe anything to happen to this kitten. I like him more than most humans. Anyway thanx.

    P.s. I will never buy a plant or flower again.

  39. My darling Charlie passed yesterday – kidney failure. I missed the signs – drinking so much water and I thought his infrequent and random yowls were hairballs. My son witnessed what must have been a seizure less than a week ago. I watched him sway and stumble, but only for a moment two days ago… yesterday morning – I witnessed him having a seizure – we rushed him to the vet. All the indicators shoeed in the bloodwork. By 5pm, after 9 hrs iv, all if his organs were shutting down and an xray showed fluid in his abdomen. We lost our baby. > I just want to know so badly what this came on from..<
    Ignorant of the possible effects of Stargazers upon our cat – they were present in the home around 14 weeks ago. Charlie was a notorius plant lover – even plastic plants.. Are the effects Always immediate when a cat ingests these toxins? Could he have made it through the a cute state without me recognizing – only to progressively develop CRF that lead to his death yesterday???? I really must know if this is possible.

  40. My darling Charlie passed yesterday – kidney failure. I missed the signs – drinking so much water and I thought his infrequent and random yowls were hairballs. My son witnessed what must have been a seizure less than a week ago. I watched him sway and stumble, but only for a moment two days ago… yesterday morning – I witnessed him having a seizure – we rushed him to the vet. All the indicators shoeed in the bloodwork. By 5pm, after 9 hrs iv, all if his organs were shutting down and an xray showed fluid in his abdomen. We lost our baby. > I just want to know so badly what this came on from..<
    Ignorant of the possible effects of Stargazers upon our cat – they were present in the home around 14 weeks ago. Charlie was a notorius plant lover – even plastic plants.. Are the effects Always immediate when a cat ingests these toxins? Could he have made it through the a cute state without me recognizing – only to progressively develop CRF that lead to his death yesterday???? I really must know if this is possible.

  41. My gosh April I am so so sorry for your loss is absolutely horrible and yes it can happen within hours so that’s why it’s urgent to get them to the vet right away but if you don’t know they ate it and that’s the problem with me I didn’t know my cat ate one because they were up high one Patel must’ve dropped to the ground because that’s what she threw up with a hairball.anyway I’ve watched a lot of vet shows and new that poisoning they give him activated charcoal and I did have some in house for my own health so I did quickly mixup one capsule with 1 mL of water and poke it down her and she is on sub Q fluids once a week because she has mild kidney issues anyway so I gave her 100 mL of sub Q fluids and then called the vet but my vet had an emergency with both doctors involved so I had to take her to urgent care vet. Where it will cost me twice as much but the cost is nominal compared to losing my baby I am always so good about keeping things up and out-of-the-way never bringing things into the house that could harm my babies but he’s read daylilies sure did blend in with this okay check every flower that comes into your house on the Internet to make sure it won’t harm your kids fur her or otherwise. Also while we’re on the subject the horrible thing of button batteries and off love to chew on and swallow button batteries there the little round silver batteries that go in a lot of things like Tamagotchi’s and such if those are swallowed the pet is pretty much dead please keep all batteries away from your kids fur and otherwise. Because shockingly enough I did see emergency show on the discovery channel for a little two-year-old had eaten a button battery and it didn’t kill her before they finally figured out what happened just so shocking.thank you for groups like this and forums and blogs so we can reach out to others if they can save one Pet or child it’s worth it God Bless!

  42. My gosh April I am so so sorry for your loss is absolutely horrible and yes it can happen within hours so that’s why it’s urgent to get them to the vet right away but if you don’t know they ate it and that’s the problem with me I didn’t know my cat ate one because they were up high one Patel must’ve dropped to the ground because that’s what she threw up with a hairball.anyway I’ve watched a lot of vet shows and new that poisoning they give him activated charcoal and I did have some in house for my own health so I did quickly mixup one capsule with 1 mL of water and poke it down her and she is on sub Q fluids once a week because she has mild kidney issues anyway so I gave her 100 mL of sub Q fluids and then called the vet but my vet had an emergency with both doctors involved so I had to take her to urgent care vet. Where it will cost me twice as much but the cost is nominal compared to losing my baby I am always so good about keeping things up and out-of-the-way never bringing things into the house that could harm my babies but he’s read daylilies sure did blend in with this okay check every flower that comes into your house on the Internet to make sure it won’t harm your kids fur her or otherwise. Also while we’re on the subject the horrible thing of button batteries and off love to chew on and swallow button batteries there the little round silver batteries that go in a lot of things like Tamagotchi’s and such if those are swallowed the pet is pretty much dead please keep all batteries away from your kids fur and otherwise. Because shockingly enough I did see emergency show on the discovery channel for a little two-year-old had eaten a button battery and it didn’t kill her before they finally figured out what happened just so shocking.thank you for groups like this and forums and blogs so we can reach out to others if they can save one Pet or child it’s worth it God Bless!

  43. I had a bunch of lilys in my house, my cat usually does not go near any flowers or plants and i keep them up on the table where she never usually ventures. This being said, yesterday (sunday) I noticed staining on her chest and forepaws… I immediately showered her off and removed the pollen however I wasn’t sure if she may have licked herself already. I called the emergency Vets and they said to bring her down to be safe. it’s important to note that she was not showing any signs of being unwell. I took her and they suggested a full blood work up then two subsequent blood tests to check kidney function also to be hospitalised and given intravenous fluid therapy to flush out the toxins. She has been in for 26 hours and is said to be absolutely fine apart from a little frightened (she is a scardy cat anyway). I am going to visit her this evening in a hope that I can encourage her to eat. She may well have used up one of her 9 lives – fingers crossed…I can take her home tomorrow. I think it’s safe to say I will now NEVER have lilys in the house because in this case curiosity really can kill the cat.

    I hope this gives some people hope that there is a chance for survival – you just have to catch it very early and don’t wait for symptoms.

  44. I had a bunch of lilys in my house, my cat usually does not go near any flowers or plants and i keep them up on the table where she never usually ventures. This being said, yesterday (sunday) I noticed staining on her chest and forepaws… I immediately showered her off and removed the pollen however I wasn’t sure if she may have licked herself already. I called the emergency Vets and they said to bring her down to be safe. it’s important to note that she was not showing any signs of being unwell. I took her and they suggested a full blood work up then two subsequent blood tests to check kidney function also to be hospitalised and given intravenous fluid therapy to flush out the toxins. She has been in for 26 hours and is said to be absolutely fine apart from a little frightened (she is a scardy cat anyway). I am going to visit her this evening in a hope that I can encourage her to eat. She may well have used up one of her 9 lives – fingers crossed…I can take her home tomorrow. I think it’s safe to say I will now NEVER have lilys in the house because in this case curiosity really can kill the cat.

    I hope this gives some people hope that there is a chance for survival – you just have to catch it very early and don’t wait for symptoms.

  45. I had no idea Lilly’s were harmful to cats, when my boyfriend brought me some flowers on Valentine’s which had Lilly’s in them, since I got them my 11 month old kitten had been eating the roses and the other flowers as I knew he would as he eats everything, Tuesday morning I noticed the Lilly’s had opened, by Tuesday evening I was sent a picture from my boyfriend of my kitten with pollen all over his face and told he was just finishing off the last of the pollen in the open flower and one of the pettels, I still wasn’t aware him eating this would do him any harm until my friend who I mentioned it to when I received the picture said how harmful they were, I ess straight on the phone to the vet who said to bring him down straight away! on my way home I had a call to say he was throwing up, I drove home and got him to the vets within an hour, they checked him over and took him for fluid treatment for 48 hours, he was very unhappy there but blood tests came back ok they said it didn’t reach his kidneys, I brought him home yesterday and he seams happier than ever, my only concern is that although he was peeing ok while he was there, he hasn’t been since he came home. I am on high alert so if he hasn’t been by tomorrow I will be straight back to the vet.

    I read this thread after dropping my cat if to the vet and was convinced he would die, I was in tears up until I got him back 2 days later.. so so happy to have him home, will never have Lilly’s in the house again, I just hope he is ok and doesn’t have to go back to the vet

  46. I had no idea Lilly’s were harmful to cats, when my boyfriend brought me some flowers on Valentine’s which had Lilly’s in them, since I got them my 11 month old kitten had been eating the roses and the other flowers as I knew he would as he eats everything, Tuesday morning I noticed the Lilly’s had opened, by Tuesday evening I was sent a picture from my boyfriend of my kitten with pollen all over his face and told he was just finishing off the last of the pollen in the open flower and one of the pettels, I still wasn’t aware him eating this would do him any harm until my friend who I mentioned it to when I received the picture said how harmful they were, I ess straight on the phone to the vet who said to bring him down straight away! on my way home I had a call to say he was throwing up, I drove home and got him to the vets within an hour, they checked him over and took him for fluid treatment for 48 hours, he was very unhappy there but blood tests came back ok they said it didn’t reach his kidneys, I brought him home yesterday and he seams happier than ever, my only concern is that although he was peeing ok while he was there, he hasn’t been since he came home. I am on high alert so if he hasn’t been by tomorrow I will be straight back to the vet.

    I read this thread after dropping my cat if to the vet and was convinced he would die, I was in tears up until I got him back 2 days later.. so so happy to have him home, will never have Lilly’s in the house again, I just hope he is ok and doesn’t have to go back to the vet

  47. My Kiwi had gotten into my flowers from valentine’s day. I hadn’t realized about the lilies until she woke me up one night crying. I took her in once I realized how bad the lilies were and she was started on IV fluids for 72 hours. I couldn’t be sure when she had last ate the flowers (She had been munching on them for 2.5 days), but her initial blood work came back really good. Once they were weaning her off the IV fluids her creatinine levels doubled, within normal range, but enough to worry the vets. Finally after 6 days of IV fluids and draining my funds I finally got her back last night. I am paying close attention however, because her water intake seemed to be a lot this morning, however it could have just been she wanted me to leave the sink on for her, since she likes to have options of where to drink from.

  48. My Kiwi had gotten into my flowers from valentine’s day. I hadn’t realized about the lilies until she woke me up one night crying. I took her in once I realized how bad the lilies were and she was started on IV fluids for 72 hours. I couldn’t be sure when she had last ate the flowers (She had been munching on them for 2.5 days), but her initial blood work came back really good. Once they were weaning her off the IV fluids her creatinine levels doubled, within normal range, but enough to worry the vets. Finally after 6 days of IV fluids and draining my funds I finally got her back last night. I am paying close attention however, because her water intake seemed to be a lot this morning, however it could have just been she wanted me to leave the sink on for her, since she likes to have options of where to drink from.

  49. I didnt realise lily pollen was so deadly either. Im very worried reading these posts as this morning my indoor cat had lily pollen on her nose from a vase of flowers. I wiped it off straight away and then I thought Id check on internet if it would affect her as I vaguely remembered some flowers are poisonous. I have given her a bath and I’m pretty sure she didn’t actually eat some because she was only in the living room a few seconds before me. She seems okay at the moment, no sick, no lack of apetite, etc – do you think I should take her to the vets just in case?

    1. Hi Rachel, we suggest to monitor her closely and make sure she is not showing any signs… if you want peace of mind give your vet a call and explain what has happened, even if it’s for more advice.

  50. I didnt realise lily pollen was so deadly either. Im very worried reading these posts as this morning my indoor cat had lily pollen on her nose from a vase of flowers. I wiped it off straight away and then I thought Id check on internet if it would affect her as I vaguely remembered some flowers are poisonous. I have given her a bath and I’m pretty sure she didn’t actually eat some because she was only in the living room a few seconds before me. She seems okay at the moment, no sick, no lack of apetite, etc – do you think I should take her to the vets just in case?

    1. Hi Rachel, we suggest to monitor her closely and make sure she is not showing any signs… if you want peace of mind give your vet a call and explain what has happened, even if it’s for more advice.

  51. Hi, my little Esme, just one years old ate an old lily leaf and I saw her vomitting. I took her straight to the vets. She is now on fluids. Has anyone experienced this and their cat survived? Its all looking very worrying on the internet at her chances of survival. Any form of hope would be greatly appreciated

  52. Hi, my little Esme, just one years old ate an old lily leaf and I saw her vomitting. I took her straight to the vets. She is now on fluids. Has anyone experienced this and their cat survived? Its all looking very worrying on the internet at her chances of survival. Any form of hope would be greatly appreciated

  53. I have had lilliums in my garden for many years. Between my 2 cats and a total of 8 other cats belonging to neighbours in and out of our garden all summer not one of them has ever been ill and I have big patches of lillies in the garden.
    Surely some of them would have got pollen on them at some point and cleaned their fur.
    Is it poisonous to ALL cats or just some ?

  54. I have had lilliums in my garden for many years. Between my 2 cats and a total of 8 other cats belonging to neighbours in and out of our garden all summer not one of them has ever been ill and I have big patches of lillies in the garden.
    Surely some of them would have got pollen on them at some point and cleaned their fur.
    Is it poisonous to ALL cats or just some ?

  55. Our little 5 month old ragdoll ate a lily leaf today my daughter saw her and looked it up on the internet. She got her to the vet within half an hour we are praying that she will be ok. We lost our dog 3 months ago and I can’t stand the thought of loosing her she is so beautiful. The flowers were a birthday present and I didn’t know they could kill her. Devastated at the fought that we could loose her. If only the breeder, vets had warned us I would have taken a picture and sent the flowers home with my friend. Tears are poring from my eyes as I write this heartbroken.

  56. Our little 5 month old ragdoll ate a lily leaf today my daughter saw her and looked it up on the internet. She got her to the vet within half an hour we are praying that she will be ok. We lost our dog 3 months ago and I can’t stand the thought of loosing her she is so beautiful. The flowers were a birthday present and I didn’t know they could kill her. Devastated at the fought that we could loose her. If only the breeder, vets had warned us I would have taken a picture and sent the flowers home with my friend. Tears are poring from my eyes as I write this heartbroken.

  57. I begged my mom to keep her Easter Lily in our loft but she refused because she liked the way it smelt in her room. I stressed how important it was to me and my dad who is a retiree kept close watch for weeks to keep them out of her room. Tonight she fell asleep with her door open. Needless to say I caught my 8year old, his name is Why, chomping on leaves. Of course I panicked and read everything I could online. I don’t really have money so I thought if maybe I kept a close eye on him it would only take him if I saw symptoms, he was happy and purring and didn’t know why I was freaking out. But thE more I read the more I realized that once your cat shows symptoms it’s almost too late. I called the ASPCA hotline. I provided the scientific species of the lilium, his age and weight and some health history. She gave me a diagnosis code and a phone number to pass along to the emergency room vet. (It’s disheartening they collect payment before you even get to call your vet, I thought it was a bit insensitive, she already had my mailing address info so I’m not sure why it was imperative when I think my car is critical) I got to the emergency exactly after two hours from digestion. Why has been on IVs since 12am it’s almost 4am and i have no peace not knowing what will happen. Please send us your prayers!!. I will definitely post an outcome to follow.

  58. I begged my mom to keep her Easter Lily in our loft but she refused because she liked the way it smelt in her room. I stressed how important it was to me and my dad who is a retiree kept close watch for weeks to keep them out of her room. Tonight she fell asleep with her door open. Needless to say I caught my 8year old, his name is Why, chomping on leaves. Of course I panicked and read everything I could online. I don’t really have money so I thought if maybe I kept a close eye on him it would only take him if I saw symptoms, he was happy and purring and didn’t know why I was freaking out. But thE more I read the more I realized that once your cat shows symptoms it’s almost too late. I called the ASPCA hotline. I provided the scientific species of the lilium, his age and weight and some health history. She gave me a diagnosis code and a phone number to pass along to the emergency room vet. (It’s disheartening they collect payment before you even get to call your vet, I thought it was a bit insensitive, she already had my mailing address info so I’m not sure why it was imperative when I think my car is critical) I got to the emergency exactly after two hours from digestion. Why has been on IVs since 12am it’s almost 4am and i have no peace not knowing what will happen. Please send us your prayers!!. I will definitely post an outcome to follow.

  59. My 11 month old cat had lilly pollen on her nose and mouth. When I noticed, she was trying to lick it off. I wiped as much as I could away with a wet cloth (she didn’t like that too much). I looked at the flowers and nothing has been eaten. I called an emergency vet and they advised that she come in. I am watching her at the moment and she seems normal. She has ate some food, had a little sleep and is wandering around at the moment – doing normal cat stuff really. It has been 2hrs 30 since the pollen was on her. Will all cats be poisoned by this? I don’t know what to do? Should I take her to the vets or wait and see how she is feeling? Thanks.

  60. My 11 month old cat had lilly pollen on her nose and mouth. When I noticed, she was trying to lick it off. I wiped as much as I could away with a wet cloth (she didn’t like that too much). I looked at the flowers and nothing has been eaten. I called an emergency vet and they advised that she come in. I am watching her at the moment and she seems normal. She has ate some food, had a little sleep and is wandering around at the moment – doing normal cat stuff really. It has been 2hrs 30 since the pollen was on her. Will all cats be poisoned by this? I don’t know what to do? Should I take her to the vets or wait and see how she is feeling? Thanks.

  61. I got lilies for Mother’s Day. I intended to plant them outside but they sat in my window for a few days. I saw my cat picking at the plant a little. A few days later I noticed my cat had thrown up but seemed otherwise fine. Three days after I got the plant my cat was very lethargic I took it to the vet not thinking anything was seriously wrong. We found out he was in kidney failure. He was only 4 years old despite their best efforts to save him it was too late. We are heartbroken, and wish there had been a warning tag on the plant. We had no idea it was toxic.

  62. I got lilies for Mother’s Day. I intended to plant them outside but they sat in my window for a few days. I saw my cat picking at the plant a little. A few days later I noticed my cat had thrown up but seemed otherwise fine. Three days after I got the plant my cat was very lethargic I took it to the vet not thinking anything was seriously wrong. We found out he was in kidney failure. He was only 4 years old despite their best efforts to save him it was too late. We are heartbroken, and wish there had been a warning tag on the plant. We had no idea it was toxic.

  63. Wow. I’m approaching the 72h mark with my beloved little guy. I knew lillies were toxic but my mother did not so she had no idea when she got a “get well” bouquet containing lilies it would end like this. My little guy’s BUN has stabilized but his creatinine has continued to increase steadily. He also has a catheter since e was SO upset and peeing in himself. He’s 12yo and the sweetest little guy ever. It’s killing me that there isn’t anything I can do to make this better. My mom’s first question to me was “why wasn’t there a warning?” I should also add that I didn’t find out for 6h because my mom had no idea and just casually mentioned it on the phone. Anyway, I feel the pain and frustration of everyone else who has commented. I hope to do all I can to call attention to the lack of warning.

  64. Wow. I’m approaching the 72h mark with my beloved little guy. I knew lillies were toxic but my mother did not so she had no idea when she got a “get well” bouquet containing lilies it would end like this. My little guy’s BUN has stabilized but his creatinine has continued to increase steadily. He also has a catheter since e was SO upset and peeing in himself. He’s 12yo and the sweetest little guy ever. It’s killing me that there isn’t anything I can do to make this better. My mom’s first question to me was “why wasn’t there a warning?” I should also add that I didn’t find out for 6h because my mom had no idea and just casually mentioned it on the phone. Anyway, I feel the pain and frustration of everyone else who has commented. I hope to do all I can to call attention to the lack of warning.

  65. My dear boy Dickens was pts just over month ago si th grossly enlarged kidneys and renal failure. He had been off and on sick for 2 months before that with some unknown ailment in and out the vets with little in his test results to go on. He had been extremely fussy about food and eating less and less and had a few episodes of crashing and hyperesthesia. Unfortunately the events around the end are a bit of a blur but at some point my husband said Dickens might have mouthed some day lily leaves outside, not sure if he had eaten them. We thought his sides were swollen and then he started drinking and peeing profusely. I can’t say what order this happened in to know if it is related. We called the vet who because he had been sick already said she thought he needed to see a neurologist but his symptoms continued so I bullied my way into the vet for an X-ray. I mentioned the possible lily incident to her and she said only antifreeze would cause a toxic reaction that lilies would not do this to his kidneys. She also said because the kidneys had a pronounced bumpy edge it was renal lymphoma. My choices were to take him to a specialty clinic an hour away or bring him home for palliative care. I opted for the latter as I thought as that is a terminal disease I didn’t want to put him through all the trauma of diagnosis and treatment. At least 2 -3 days had passed and I thought even if it wasn’t that his kidneys were destroyed. Ever since the pts I have been haunted by the ‘what ifs’ and wondering even if he was sick with something else did he eat the lilies and cause this final blow?! I am sick and heart broken about my poor boy and so scared I could have done something for him. Do the kidneys show bumpy edges with lily toxicity and do they continue to drink and pee? He did not vomit and did not have a fever. If anyone can shed any light on this to help Understand what might have happened I would appreciate it. I am insane with grid and guilt. I will definitely be asking get about this and telling everyone I know about the dangers of lilies. I knew they were toxic to cats but had no idea it was this fatal. He never bothered with them (6 1/2 years old) before but I think maybe because he was unwell. I just don’t know. Sorry for the long post and thanks for any help.

  66. My dear boy Dickens was pts just over month ago si th grossly enlarged kidneys and renal failure. He had been off and on sick for 2 months before that with some unknown ailment in and out the vets with little in his test results to go on. He had been extremely fussy about food and eating less and less and had a few episodes of crashing and hyperesthesia. Unfortunately the events around the end are a bit of a blur but at some point my husband said Dickens might have mouthed some day lily leaves outside, not sure if he had eaten them. We thought his sides were swollen and then he started drinking and peeing profusely. I can’t say what order this happened in to know if it is related. We called the vet who because he had been sick already said she thought he needed to see a neurologist but his symptoms continued so I bullied my way into the vet for an X-ray. I mentioned the possible lily incident to her and she said only antifreeze would cause a toxic reaction that lilies would not do this to his kidneys. She also said because the kidneys had a pronounced bumpy edge it was renal lymphoma. My choices were to take him to a specialty clinic an hour away or bring him home for palliative care. I opted for the latter as I thought as that is a terminal disease I didn’t want to put him through all the trauma of diagnosis and treatment. At least 2 -3 days had passed and I thought even if it wasn’t that his kidneys were destroyed. Ever since the pts I have been haunted by the ‘what ifs’ and wondering even if he was sick with something else did he eat the lilies and cause this final blow?! I am sick and heart broken about my poor boy and so scared I could have done something for him. Do the kidneys show bumpy edges with lily toxicity and do they continue to drink and pee? He did not vomit and did not have a fever. If anyone can shed any light on this to help Understand what might have happened I would appreciate it. I am insane with grid and guilt. I will definitely be asking get about this and telling everyone I know about the dangers of lilies. I knew they were toxic to cats but had no idea it was this fatal. He never bothered with them (6 1/2 years old) before but I think maybe because he was unwell. I just don’t know. Sorry for the long post and thanks for any help.

  67. I saw my four month old kitten eating the pollen from a Lilly, I didn’t realise they we poisonous!!! It’s was 18 hours after until I found that this was the case. So I took him to the vets, even though he didn’t have any symptoms. He is there now, has to stay in for three days!! Fingers crossed he’s okay! We also have a four year old cat, and I’m really worried that in those 18 hours he could have groomed the kitten and ingested some too, he’s a fussy eater normally, he’s been eating, have not seen him drink though, and he’s been quite lazy today, has anyone else had this experience and if so how did the cat that you did not see eat the Lilly do? Worried is an understatement ๐Ÿ™

  68. I saw my four month old kitten eating the pollen from a Lilly, I didn’t realise they we poisonous!!! It’s was 18 hours after until I found that this was the case. So I took him to the vets, even though he didn’t have any symptoms. He is there now, has to stay in for three days!! Fingers crossed he’s okay! We also have a four year old cat, and I’m really worried that in those 18 hours he could have groomed the kitten and ingested some too, he’s a fussy eater normally, he’s been eating, have not seen him drink though, and he’s been quite lazy today, has anyone else had this experience and if so how did the cat that you did not see eat the Lilly do? Worried is an understatement ๐Ÿ™

  69. Hi I have an 18 month old cat who ate part of a lily plant of Saturday. I managed to get her into the emergency get within 2 hours.

    She was originally sick but this has now stopped. She seems happy and is eating and drinking regularly and also going to the toilet without an issue.

    I have just called vet for next set up blood results and these are showing some signs of problems. They are going to try and continue giving her fluids for the next 48 hours to see of they can bring her levels down again.

    Has anybody has this case before where cat seems fine a few days later but results worrying?

    Heartbroken and worried sick for my little Oreo

    1. We’re so sorry to hear about your poorly cat Kirsty, thank you for posting your story and helping to raise awareness of the damage that lilys can cause. Lilys are toxic to a cat’s kidneys and the damage isn’t necessarily immediately apparent, therefore your vet is sensible to monitor and treat as necessary over time.

      We wish you and Oreo all the best

  70. Hi I have an 18 month old cat who ate part of a lily plant of Saturday. I managed to get her into the emergency get within 2 hours.

    She was originally sick but this has now stopped. She seems happy and is eating and drinking regularly and also going to the toilet without an issue.

    I have just called vet for next set up blood results and these are showing some signs of problems. They are going to try and continue giving her fluids for the next 48 hours to see of they can bring her levels down again.

    Has anybody has this case before where cat seems fine a few days later but results worrying?

    Heartbroken and worried sick for my little Oreo

    1. We’re so sorry to hear about your poorly cat Kirsty, thank you for posting your story and helping to raise awareness of the damage that lilys can cause. Lilys are toxic to a cat’s kidneys and the damage isn’t necessarily immediately apparent, therefore your vet is sensible to monitor and treat as necessary over time.

      We wish you and Oreo all the best

  71. Sadly we had to put our 6 month old kitten Dottie to sleep yesterday due pollen toxins in her blood from lily’s. We only got the flowers on Thursday and by Friday she could hardly walk and kept drinking water. We are absolutely devastated that we caused her death, all it would of took is a label on the flowers and we would never of purchased them. Her kidneys had shut down and the vet said their was no chance of her making a recovery so we had to help her on her way.

    1. Kevin, we are sorry to hear of your loss, have very sad. Thank you for posting at this most difficult time, not everyone knows that lilys are poisonous to cats so thank you also, for helping to raise awareness.

      Best wishes

  72. Sadly we had to put our 6 month old kitten Dottie to sleep yesterday due pollen toxins in her blood from lily’s. We only got the flowers on Thursday and by Friday she could hardly walk and kept drinking water. We are absolutely devastated that we caused her death, all it would of took is a label on the flowers and we would never of purchased them. Her kidneys had shut down and the vet said their was no chance of her making a recovery so we had to help her on her way.

    1. Kevin, we are sorry to hear of your loss, have very sad. Thank you for posting at this most difficult time, not everyone knows that lilys are poisonous to cats so thank you also, for helping to raise awareness.

      Best wishes

  73. Been to visit Prep tonight. She is normally a very petite little thing but is all swollen from the fluids they are pumping into her.

    This will be her 4th night in the vets. They have been monitoring her heart as she is not passing a lot of fluid at the moment. I have just checked and they have said her heart is still nice and clear.

    It’s so sad leaving her there, she is very affectionate and just wants to be cuddled all the time.

    I’m hoping she has a big wee tonight. Further Blood results come in tomorrow…everything crossed!

  74. Been to visit Prep tonight. She is normally a very petite little thing but is all swollen from the fluids they are pumping into her.

    This will be her 4th night in the vets. They have been monitoring her heart as she is not passing a lot of fluid at the moment. I have just checked and they have said her heart is still nice and clear.

    It’s so sad leaving her there, she is very affectionate and just wants to be cuddled all the time.

    I’m hoping she has a big wee tonight. Further Blood results come in tomorrow…everything crossed!

  75. I had a bouquet of flowers on the table this week and they contained a pair of yellow lilies. I have a 7 month cat who was poking around the flowers but I didn’t see her touching none of the lilies nor did I know how poisonous they were until I looked it up. Yesterday I noticed a little part of the Lilly on the floor so now I’m worried if my cat had ate any part of it or had ingested any pollen. She is showing no symptoms and is currently fine. Should I go to the vet and have them check it out?

    1. Klaudia, if you think there’s any chance your cat has eaten or been in contact with the lilies then we recommend you take her to be checked by your vet. With lily poisoning, it is important to act swiftly. Best wishes.

  76. I had a bouquet of flowers on the table this week and they contained a pair of yellow lilies. I have a 7 month cat who was poking around the flowers but I didn’t see her touching none of the lilies nor did I know how poisonous they were until I looked it up. Yesterday I noticed a little part of the Lilly on the floor so now I’m worried if my cat had ate any part of it or had ingested any pollen. She is showing no symptoms and is currently fine. Should I go to the vet and have them check it out?

    1. Klaudia, if you think there’s any chance your cat has eaten or been in contact with the lilies then we recommend you take her to be checked by your vet. With lily poisoning, it is important to act swiftly. Best wishes.

  77. Hi all, i know its a pretty old thread but last night my cat was taken to the emergency vet because my partner and I had noticed yellow stains on his paws and face. I knew straight away what it was so I cut the flower and put it in a ziplock bag and rushed my Monty to the vet. He’s been on a drip since 10pm yesterday night and i haven’t seen him since. I’ve been getting regular updates from the vet saying that shes not noticing any clinical signs of ingestion but they are monitoring his kidney function , have made him vomit and are keeping his fluids up. Monty is only 1 years old so I assume he was very curious of the flowers. We are hoping to bring him home tomorrow, thousands of dollars later and a loan because we couldn’t afford to pay the bills but i really would do anything for him! I spent all night crying after worrying so much that he would pass away. Ive only had him since october and it would crush me if he passed away. Fingers crossed he didn’t ingest any or if he did that they have flushed it out of his system.

  78. Hi all, i know its a pretty old thread but last night my cat was taken to the emergency vet because my partner and I had noticed yellow stains on his paws and face. I knew straight away what it was so I cut the flower and put it in a ziplock bag and rushed my Monty to the vet. He’s been on a drip since 10pm yesterday night and i haven’t seen him since. I’ve been getting regular updates from the vet saying that shes not noticing any clinical signs of ingestion but they are monitoring his kidney function , have made him vomit and are keeping his fluids up. Monty is only 1 years old so I assume he was very curious of the flowers. We are hoping to bring him home tomorrow, thousands of dollars later and a loan because we couldn’t afford to pay the bills but i really would do anything for him! I spent all night crying after worrying so much that he would pass away. Ive only had him since october and it would crush me if he passed away. Fingers crossed he didn’t ingest any or if he did that they have flushed it out of his system.

  79. In short, I gave my mother money to go grocery shopping, and she said she was going to grab some flowers for the house. I reminded her not to get certain types because of Locke (my cat), because last year I had a meltdown when I saw lilies in the house. Fortunately then, nothing happened. They were high up, and he had no access to them whatsoever.

    So. She comes in with an Easter bouquet. And I had a meltdown. I snagged them, threw a plastic bag over them, and ran out of the house. The cat wasn’t in the area when this happened, and no petals had contact with the ground, but I did lightly shake the flowers out of frustration. I didn’t see any visible pollen on the ground. My question is: how much pollen can cause damage, and should I be as panicked as I am?

    1. Hi Chris, we understand your concern. Only a little is required to make a cat very unwell. If you think they might have come into contact with the lilies then please see your vet ASAP for more advice. Try not to panic but make a judgement, how long were the flowers in your house? Could the cats have come into contact with them? Did you clear up well once the flowers were gone? If in doubt, give your vet a ring. Best wishes.

  80. In short, I gave my mother money to go grocery shopping, and she said she was going to grab some flowers for the house. I reminded her not to get certain types because of Locke (my cat), because last year I had a meltdown when I saw lilies in the house. Fortunately then, nothing happened. They were high up, and he had no access to them whatsoever.

    So. She comes in with an Easter bouquet. And I had a meltdown. I snagged them, threw a plastic bag over them, and ran out of the house. The cat wasn’t in the area when this happened, and no petals had contact with the ground, but I did lightly shake the flowers out of frustration. I didn’t see any visible pollen on the ground. My question is: how much pollen can cause damage, and should I be as panicked as I am?

    1. Hi Chris, we understand your concern. Only a little is required to make a cat very unwell. If you think they might have come into contact with the lilies then please see your vet ASAP for more advice. Try not to panic but make a judgement, how long were the flowers in your house? Could the cats have come into contact with them? Did you clear up well once the flowers were gone? If in doubt, give your vet a ring. Best wishes.

  81. I just returned from the vet with two of my cats. They had both vomited, though one had been having problems for a couple weeks throwing up right after eating or a little later. My husband brought an easter lily home yesterday, and when I noticed a couple of the cats had thrown up, I caught one of them chewing a lily leaf from the plant on the table. I didn’t have a clue they were poisonous but had just a feeling to go look it up. I shooed him away from the plant and got on line. There it was… lethal to cats!!!! I called the vet and took the two cats – the one that had thrown up and the one I actually saw eating it- to the vet where they were tested for a baseline, got lots of fluids, allopril to help flush the kidneys, and I have to go back over the next three days for treatments. They are acting fine, eating, but not happy about having been at the vet. Keeping my fingers crossed… if only I’d known, I’d never have had that plant in our home.

  82. I just returned from the vet with two of my cats. They had both vomited, though one had been having problems for a couple weeks throwing up right after eating or a little later. My husband brought an easter lily home yesterday, and when I noticed a couple of the cats had thrown up, I caught one of them chewing a lily leaf from the plant on the table. I didn’t have a clue they were poisonous but had just a feeling to go look it up. I shooed him away from the plant and got on line. There it was… lethal to cats!!!! I called the vet and took the two cats – the one that had thrown up and the one I actually saw eating it- to the vet where they were tested for a baseline, got lots of fluids, allopril to help flush the kidneys, and I have to go back over the next three days for treatments. They are acting fine, eating, but not happy about having been at the vet. Keeping my fingers crossed… if only I’d known, I’d never have had that plant in our home.

  83. How many bites of a leave does it take to kill a cat. I got an Eastwr Lily for a present and had it in the house one night, on the table. I didn’t think to look up if poisonous to cats but once I thought of it. I immediately got rid of it. I haven’t noticed mg cat in it but I looked through the 3 plants and found the tips of 2 either bitten or broken off. Can 2 tips of leaves kill a 3 yr old cat? Idk if she truly ate them or not.

    1. Hi Jenny, it’s hard to answer exactly how much of a leaf of each kind of lily plant it would take to kill a cat however if you suspect she’s eaten some then there’s the potential for it to be life threatening or make her very poorly so I’d suggest that you contact your vet ASAP. Best wishes.

  84. How many bites of a leave does it take to kill a cat. I got an Eastwr Lily for a present and had it in the house one night, on the table. I didn’t think to look up if poisonous to cats but once I thought of it. I immediately got rid of it. I haven’t noticed mg cat in it but I looked through the 3 plants and found the tips of 2 either bitten or broken off. Can 2 tips of leaves kill a 3 yr old cat? Idk if she truly ate them or not.

    1. Hi Jenny, it’s hard to answer exactly how much of a leaf of each kind of lily plant it would take to kill a cat however if you suspect she’s eaten some then there’s the potential for it to be life threatening or make her very poorly so I’d suggest that you contact your vet ASAP. Best wishes.

  85. my cat seems to have all the symptoms and we have had lilies in our house for about the last week. I am quite certain that she didn’t eat any of the plant but it is possible she did (quite unlikely) but she’s lost her appetite and has basically slept for the last few days. My parents are not agreeing on taking her in to the vet (we live quite far away from town) I’m worried is she gonna die?

    1. If you’ve had lilies in your home and she is displaying signs of poisoning she really needs to go the your vet ASAP. Lily poisoning can be fatal and will at least make her very unwell. Please explain this to your parents and urge them to take her to a vet ASAP. Best of luck

  86. my cat seems to have all the symptoms and we have had lilies in our house for about the last week. I am quite certain that she didn’t eat any of the plant but it is possible she did (quite unlikely) but she’s lost her appetite and has basically slept for the last few days. My parents are not agreeing on taking her in to the vet (we live quite far away from town) I’m worried is she gonna die?

    1. If you’ve had lilies in your home and she is displaying signs of poisoning she really needs to go the your vet ASAP. Lily poisoning can be fatal and will at least make her very unwell. Please explain this to your parents and urge them to take her to a vet ASAP. Best of luck

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