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Lilies - quick advice please

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BeaufortBelle Sun 12-Jul-15 22:40:38

OK - I wasn't aware of the risk.

Put a pot of Lilies (pink ones) by the back door this morning for DH to plant in garden as they were dying (they were a gift). Cat had a chew of the leaves and they went out immediately afterwards.

Cat was sick within about an hour and brought up a couple of the leaves.

Cat seems absolutely fine. Drinking, eating, has been spark out for a couple of hours but that is absolutely normal.

Have been googling and have completely terrified myself.

Should I phone emergency vet now or leave it until tomorrow morning for further advice. He is 7 and fit and well.

thecatneuterer Sun 12-Jul-15 22:43:36

Emergency vet now I think. The pollen is certainly fatal, but all parts are poisonous. The sooner you can get help the better. Call the vet now.

thecatneuterer Sun 12-Jul-15 22:44:10

Oh and don't plant the lilies. Throw them away.

DameDoom Sun 12-Jul-15 22:44:39

Check up immediately - it's the pollen that is very toxic and it falls so easily and gets on to fur.

thecatneuterer Sun 12-Jul-15 22:47:33

The leaves are also poisonous. If you start treatment within six hours of them being eaten then you have a chance of saving your cat.

thecatneuterer Sun 12-Jul-15 22:48:57

But the sooner you start treatment the more of a chance you have of things being OK. Just because he looks OK now it doesn't mean he is as it affects the liver and that doesn't show for around 36 hours.

BeaufortBelle Mon 13-Jul-15 01:59:26

At the emergency vet now waiting to see the vet. After the fuss and wailing in the car which is typical behaviour I feel he must be well in himself.

Thank you for advice. Will keep you updated. They are going to do a blood test and possibly IV fluids for two days.

BeaufortBelle Mon 13-Jul-15 02:32:46

The vet thinks the probability of him being poisoned is small. However there is no way of knowing until it would be too late. As a precaution he is going on an iv drip for 48 hours with blood tests before and after.

Hopefully all will be well. It might have been in any event but there is no way of knowing.

We are insured.

BeaufortBelle Mon 13-Jul-15 02:34:37

Oh and two /three leaves are a large amount!

stareatthetvscreen Mon 13-Jul-15 02:56:18

phew hope he's ok - just coming on to say vet vet vet don't mess about highly toxic

FireflyGirl Mon 13-Jul-15 06:45:37

Glad you got to the vet. Daft cat - how appealing must those leaves have been?

We were given a lovely planted lily as a gift after DS was born. We have 2 cats who are not the brightest. It went back out the door with the next visitor (who luckily is a green-fingered neighbour who has a house full of orchids!).

Although if I'd known how much of a nuisance the cats would make of themselves since the baby's been here, I'd have sent her home with the cats and kept the plant grin

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 13-Jul-15 06:50:26

I am so glad you went to the emergency vet. I hope he's ok.

BeaufortBelle Mon 13-Jul-15 12:33:42

He's looking good. Should be home tomorrow. This is why insurance is vital. The vet bill won't be far shy of £1000.

cozietoesie Mon 13-Jul-15 12:40:21

Yes - you don't always know so you did quite the right thing. Thank Goodness you had insurance for him.

cozietoesie Mon 13-Jul-15 12:44:03


I had an artifical ficus tree with silk (Yes - silk) leaves which Seniorboy started to nosh in his younger days. There's no understanding them at times.

thecatneuterer Mon 13-Jul-15 12:52:46

I'm glad you took him to the vet. Why did the vet think that he was unlikely to be poisoned? Surely eating lilies made it very likely indeed. Was it because he vomited them back up?

BeaufortBelle Mon 13-Jul-15 13:20:17

The vet thought he was quite fit and perky, had vomited quickly, and kept later food down. However, the vet's,advice was not to chance it because they can be perky and then go down hill quickly and then it is too late. Her view was out of 100 healthy cats 20 could die without treatment and you couldn't tell which ones. Hence the overnight stay.

Would I have paid that amount of money if not insured or short of money? I don't know - that would be the toughest call.

Thank you all for advice and support.

BeaufortBelle Tue 14-Jul-15 19:12:56

If his blood tests are fine at 10pm tonight I can go and collect him and bring him home. He is apparently very perky and eating well.

thecatneuterer Tue 14-Jul-15 19:23:58

I'm very happy to hear it. Unfortunately I've seen quite a lot of lily-related death so I would never take chances.

And I hope you've binned the things?

BeaufortBelle Tue 14-Jul-15 20:53:10

We moved into our house nearly three weeks ago. The lillies were a welcome gift from our neighbour. Obvs she grows them - eek!

The pot has been thrown away and all lillies I the garden will be dug out before the cat flap is fitted.

Not sure how widely known this is. The local vet I rang told me to keep an eye overnight and take him in in the morning if I was still worried. I took him to our old vet 15 miles away who said straight away. I'll find a different local vet I think.

cozietoesie Tue 14-Jul-15 21:02:39

It's not widely known I suspect. There's little you can do about planted lilies in other folks' gardens (and cats do seem to manage better with those for some reason) but it's commonplace to eg have lilies in bouquets of flowers. (They're relatively cheap, showy and long lasting.)

It's really quite sad to have to reject gifts of flowers and plants given by completely well-meaning people - but there's no other way to spread the message it seems.

thecatneuterer Tue 14-Jul-15 23:22:04

You're ok with arum lilies in gardens incidentally. Well, apparently if a cat eats them it will get a blistered mouth, but nothing fatal. I've got quite a lot of arum lilies and no cat has ever attempted to eat one and of course the pollen isn't an issue.

googoodolly Wed 15-Jul-15 11:33:52

How is he today?

BeaufortBelle Wed 15-Jul-15 14:10:22

Has spent hours nuzzled up to dd. Seemed fin this morning. Bounced on top of me at 6am as usual smile

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