Easter Lily Reminder


Now that it's March, and Easter is only a few short weeks away, stores will be filling up with Easter Lilies, usually near the check lanes for an "impulse" buy.
If you have cats in your home, just say NO to Easter Lilies.

Each year, hundreds of cats in the US get very ill (and some even die!) from ingesting parts of this lily. This specific species of lily is very toxic to felines. Many members of the lily family (like onions!) are not safe for cats, but Easter Lilies are particularly toxic. Note: leaves and flowers of this plant are toxic to cats.

A safer option, if you want a floral purchase at this time of year, is an Easter Cactus. Plus, epiphytic cactus can easily be cared for as a house plant, and it will reward you with repeat blooms. 99% of Easter Lilies are thrown in the trash.
Daphne & Chloe grew up chewing on and mangling my Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cacti, and they're still here chomping on things. Many houseplants are toxic to domestic animals, but the epiphytic cactus family is considered a low toxicity plant -- still, to be safe, provide cat greens this year instead!
Be safe,
Not The Mama

Mo and The Purries

14 comments :

  1. We like fake lilies! Which is a great option for the look but not the danger!

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  2. We're glad we don't haf that lily plant here!

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  3. We call them christmas lillies here. My mum gets them sometimes but puts them up real high, out of my way.

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  4. I have been very good about not munching on flowers this year. Bean even said so!

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  5. Great info! I never knew about this one.

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  6. wow i never knew that! i wonder if i should not eat them too? ha ha ha thanks for the post ntm!

    smiles, auntie bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxox

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  7. That is a very important reminder!

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  8. I didn't know this, so thanks for the valuable information. We have to keep our babies safe. :)

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  9. Meowm has not green thumb to take care fo plants....and she says even if she did, she wouldn't bring any in because of what they could do to me.

    Thanks for the public service announcement though!

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  10. I can attest to chomping on the cacti and still being here. Although mum is not happy when I chew on them!

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  11. Sometimes I will not leave flowers alone so Mom does not buy them anymore :) That's OK as long as she gets me grass !!
    Purrs Mickey

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  12. Thank you for the reminder NTM. I like lilies, but I love my kitties, so no lilies in the house.
    Purrs,
    Lorianna

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  13. Furry gud ov u to post dis NTM.

    Luf, Us

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  14. I was just thinking some flowers would be nice, but I'll pass. Mini has a tendency to get into anything new and give it a chew. No point in finding out the hard way that lilies are just as toxic to dogs.

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