Message to clients: Lilies are toxic to cats


Common houseplants can cause life-threatening kidney failure in cats.

With spring in full swing, your clients-perhaps even you and your practice-are receiving beautiful floral bouquets. Beware: While gorgeous, many flowers aren't feline safe. In fact, plants such as lilies made the Animal Poison  Control Center's (APCC) top 10 pet poisons of 2008. Other flora included in the list are: azaleas, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe, and schefflera.

But because lilies are often associated with spring and given as Easter gifts, it's important to talk to clients about this flower. A cat needs to only nibble on a lily to ingest enough toxins to cause life-threatening kidney problems.

For a list of toxic and non-toxic plants, click here.

For answers to clients' common poison-related questions, click here.

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