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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:03 am 
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I am a new cat owner- I got my little girl in mid-November. I knew that pointsettas were toxic to cats. I didn't know about lilies! I found out the hard way about the dangers of Easter lilies. Apparently they cause renal failure in cats! If you suspect your cat has even nibbled a leaf, you must take them for treatment within the first 6-18 hours or death will occur.

My little girl nibbled on a leaf & I have in her in the animal hospital flushing her system with fluids as we speak!

Please google this, there is much information about this! If anyone has any kind of lily in their houses, remove it immediately!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:42 pm 
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How awful! I hope your little one pulls through ok. My Daisy has a terrible habit of nibbling all my plants. I had some lillies bought recently & has those on a higher shelf (she was too small to jump up at that stage). But now she has better jumping abilities i think i will have to give them a miss. You safe proof your home when you have children, but you have to do exactly the same thing with your cats as there are so many dangerous things around the home & garden.

Keep us updated with her progress won't you & let's hope other read your thread & take notice of this too. Google has lots of information about various plants - so get your plants checked out & if they are dangerous - simply get rid of them as it's not worth the risk or heartache. :(

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:10 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Lilies are very bad for cats. I didn't buy an Easter Lily this year because at least two of my four tend to nibble on houseplants. I hope your girls make it. For future reference, here's a list of plants toxic to cats: http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:53 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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i hope your little girl pulls through, & anyone who wasn't aware that many plants are toxic to cats will hopefully learn from this thread. please let us know how she is. xx


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:18 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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tameeria wrote:
For future reference, here's a list of plants toxic to cats: http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html



My goodness I've just looked at the link Tameeria, thanks I didn't realise there were so many that are toxic to cats.

I think the safest bet is not to have any, thankfully I'm not very good at keeping house plants, so I don't have many to get rid of.


Ginaroo - best wishes for a full & speedy recovery for your precious little girl :D

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:47 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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You don't have to get rid of all your houseplants. Your cats will probably appreciate it if you keep some that are not dangerous for them or at least grow some cat grass for them. Mine love to chew the spider plants to death (they are very hard to kill though and easy to grow and propagate), but they leave the African violets alive. Coleus, begonias, orchids, bamboo, jasmine and passion flower vines are other "safe" plants, for example, and make very nice and pretty houseplants (until your cats get to them). Here's a list of safe plants: http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants-non-toxic.html

Most of the Spring flowers now being sold in pots and baskets and grown from bulbs are actually toxic, particularly daffodils, tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth, iris etc. However, violets and pansies are "cat-friendly" if you want to bring a little bit of Spring into the house and keep it safe.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:01 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Found a list of the top 10 most pet-toxic plants online. These are the plants that prompted the most calls to poison control centers after pets ate parts of them:

1. Lilies
2. Tulip/narcissus bulbs
3. Marijuana
4. Sago palm
5. Oleander
6. Azalea/rhododendron
7. Cyclamen
8. Kalanchoe
9. Yew
10. Castor bean

If you have any of those in the house, you might want to put them where your cats can't get to them.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:46 pm 
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Is anyone going to admit to having maijuana plants in their house :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:25 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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ginnym wrote:
Is anyone going to admit to having maijuana plants in their house :lol:

I was wondering about that, too. *lol* I guess the poison control center accepts anonymous calls... :wink:


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