Sunday, March 21, 2010

Orchids Vs. Lillies

When many people think of the quintessential Easter flower the first name that comes to mind is the Lily. The beautiful white trumpet blossoms with yellow stamens grace the front of churches and dinner tables all across the country during the Easter season. But perhaps you didn't know a very important tidbit of info about the Lily.

Many varieties of lily are extremely toxic to cats. Within only a few hours of ingestion of the plant material, the cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat will develop kidney failure in approximately 36-72 hours.

All parts of these lilies are considered toxic to cats and consuming even small amounts can cause severe poisoning. If there is a lily in your home, there is always the chance that your cat could be accidentally exposed. For this reason, cat owners should avoid exposing their cats to plants of the Liliaceae and Hemerocallis family.


Easter lily                                Lilium longiflorum
Tiger lily                                  Lilium tigrinum
Rubrum                                   Lilium speciosum
Japanese show lily                   Lilium lancifolium
Day lily                                    Hemerocallis species

The safest best is to substitute with the equally beautiful and exotic Orchid this Easter and keep "Lucky" safe from accidental or intentional ingestion.

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