Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pretty & Deadly things

I was shopping at Ralphs on 4th Street & Orizaba and  noticed a very large display of Easter Lilies. Evidently the grocery stores don't realize that Easter Lilies ( and other species of lilies) are terribly toxic to cats.  Ingestion of any plant parts, including pollen are toxic. A cat might brush up against a flower, get some pollen on their coat, later ingesting it while grooming--and go on to develop kidney failure.

Please spread the word wherever you see Easter lilies in grocery stores. Keep your kitties safe from kidney disease. Kidneys are an unforgiving organ which can't repair itself from damage.

Lilies Lethal to Cats

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
[March 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – With Easter rapidly approaching, the veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine would like to remind pet owners that Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats, with the potential for causing kidney failure. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous, so lilies should be kept away from cats at all times.Easter lilies
Lilies dangerous to cats include:
• Easter lily
• Tiger lily
• Rubrum lily
• Japanese show lily
• Day lily
A cat may vomit, lose its appetite or become lethargic within a few hours of eating a dangerous plant. If this happens, see your veterinarian immediately.
In addition, pets should not ingest onions, macadamia nuts or alcohol, as they are toxic to both dogs and cats. Pets also should never be fed chocolate, as it contains the heart stimulant theobromine, which can cause severe heart arrhythmias or seizures if ingested in large doses.