Easter Lily Reminder


Easter is this coming Sunday, and stores are filling up with Easter Lilies, usually near the checkout 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 USA 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: all parts of the Easter Lily (leaves, petals, pollen, and bulbs) 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

7 comments :

  1. Excellent post! We all need to be reminded. Have a great week. XOXOXO

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  2. No lilies will ever come into this household. Ever, ever, ever.

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  3. Yep, It's bootiful but evil for all kitties !!!
    Thank You to remind us
    oxox

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  4. Great post, and a timely reminder. We had never heard of an Easter cactus! After seeing the CB reminder last night, the head peep tweeted a reminder that Easter lilies were toxic, and got several surprised responses from people who hadn't known it. So the reminder is always a good one.

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  5. A long time ago it was determined I could either have flowers or cats but not both - I choose cats...

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  6. a veree help full N grate post guys...N catgrass IZ de way ta go...

    :)

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  7. Because there are some kitties here that like
    to eat grass and green things,Mom no longer has houseplants.
    Now, we just get catnip instead ;)
    Mom would rather have chocolate than flowers.
    She never shares that chocolate!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

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