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Old 03-26-2005, 08:27 PM   #1
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A Warning to ALL Cat Owners

I *know* better, I am a vet and this still happened to me, so please learn from my mistake....

We are going to visit my grandparents-in-law for Easter lunch and I wanted to bring them a small gift. When I was shopping they had some gorgeous Easter lillies that I couldn't pass up. I know that Easter lillies are toxic to cats, and I deliberated about even bringing it in the house. It is going to go below freezing tonight so I didn't think it would be a good idea to leave it in my car.

I set it up on our big screen TV that is about 6.5 feet tall - I figured there was no way my cat Iris could jump up there, just while I went to the bathroom and put the ice cream away. Five minutes later, she is up on the TV - she had munched the ends off of 10 leaves.

I gave Iris hydrogen peroxide right away and I counted all the leaf pieces she vomited up, it looked like everything was there. I checked with an ER vet to see if I was ok since I caught it quickly or if they recommended full treatment. They said that they can absorb enough just in their mouths that it could cause big problems (lillies can cause irreversible kidney damage/failure) - they advised me to get her to the hospital ASAP to get charcoal and start fluids to flush out her system - for at least *48* hours...

So I drove a fast and furious 50 mile ride to my work, thankfully my boss came in to meet me there - I'm good but not talented enough to put an IV catheter in a cat all by myself - this was only about 2 hours ago. Now I get to cross my fingers and pray because we won't know until probably at least 24 more hours what her kidneys are going to do.

I'm hoping we will be lucky that we caught it so quick - many people don't realize what has happened until it is too late.

Please, PLEASE - if you have a cat, do not even bring an Easter Lily plant into your home. It's not worth the risk.

(Any prayers/good thoughts/fingers crossed are appreciated)
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Old 03-26-2005, 08:40 PM   #2
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*hugs*

I hope Iris will be okay. I'll definitely be thinking of both of you. And thank you for the heads up - my cats eat every plant in sight so I wouldn't want to put their lives in jeopardy.
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Oh God, Beth. I'm sending all of my good wishes your and Iris's way tonight.


Thanks for the warning, too. I never knew that they were toxic to cats.
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Beth,

I had a cat eat a lily a few years back (didn't catch it until the cat was really sick) and the doctors did a great job and the cat was fine. I am sure yours will be fine as well.
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Are there any other common houseplants that are toxic to cats?
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Sending good kitty vibes your way. Hoping everything works out ok.

Yeah, my cats will eat anything...especially anything new, so thanks for the timely reminder.

And don't these pet emergencies always seem to happen on the holidays? My dog Zeke (a Blue Heeler) ate part of a can one Thanksgiving and had to go to the emergency vet.
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Sending good kitty vibes your way. Hoping everything works out ok.

Yeah, my cats will eat anything...especially anything new, so thanks for the timely reminder.


No doubt and there is NO PLACE in my house that they can't get to. Very creative in their mischief.
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So sorry to hear this - but I'm sure she'll be fine. Kitties can be pretty resilient - I've dealt with some cat trauma in my time!

Take care and all the best wishes your way.
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OMG Beth I am sending TONS of thoughts and prayers for Iris that she will be ok. Poor baby.. she has to stay at your work for 48 hours? I really hope she'll be ok

This is why I dont have any plants at all inside my house. (I would kill them anyway, I'm horrible at gardening). There are just too many that are toxic to cats. My cats have their cat grass and that's it. My godmothers cat almost died from chewing on a philodendren (sp?)... she had to have fluids and vet care for a day after they noticed she became lethargic and stopped eating. Scary stuff.
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Are there any other common houseplants that are toxic to cats?
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html

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Thanks guys

I just feel so guilty

Thanks for the plant link Sicy - there are quite a few...
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Aww Beth...I'm so sorry!!!

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As I'm a kitty lover myself, I really really hope your cat is ok!
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oh no, i'm so sorry you have to worry.

thanks for letting us know, i wouldn't have had any idea. this is all such good advice, the plant link, too. i tend to kill plants, so mine are all fake. except the geraniums on my patio, so i'd better check about those.

take care, beth.

i sure hope kitty is ok.
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