Are asiatic lilies poisonous to cats?

TL;DR – yes they are

Here, you can find a full list of plants toxic to cats:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-plant-list

Asian Lily can be a source of cat poisoning. It can cause acute kidney failure. We can’t identify the exact substance that causes poisoning, but all parts of the plant should be considered poisonous. Internal damage occurs within the first 3 days of ingestion.

Symptoms of lily poisoning in cats

List of the most common poisoning signs:

  • vomiting (very common)
  • dehydration
  • lack of energy, lethargy
  • problems with urination
  • disorientation
  • seizures (rare)
  • hydronephrosis – the swelling of a kidney caused by a build-up of urine

How to prevent poisoning

Be careful with buying new plants. You can reduce the risk by carefully checking what are the safe plants for your animals (Check our article about dog poisoning).

How to treat asiatic lily poisoning

There isn’t a known antidote. Your first reaction should be visiting veterinary. Time is not on your side. The soonest as you get to the veterinary – the better. In the past, there were cases when in the early stages, activated charcoal was helpful with decontamination. When taking your cat for treatment don’t forget to take a sample of an ingested plant with you. It will speed up the process and help with diagnosis. If you’re not sure what plant was the one ingested – take samples of all suspected flowers.

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