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


  1. Sadly lately all the cheap flower arrangements have had lilies in them (not Easter) and the Woman loves fresh flowers but can't get those cause Ichiro will eat them. Sigh.

  2. Thanx for the reminder! I always remember with my own flowers but it's easy to forget when I'm bringing flowers to a friend!
    ; ) Glogirly

  3. Mom has an Easter Lily but it's plantet outside. She deads everything in the house anyway. We've never seen an Easter cactus. We're off to google it.
    The Florida Furkids

  4. Dear kitties and NTM, This is a very good reminder as everyone is thinking about flowers flowers flowers all the time and we just want to sniff them or taste them.
    Mom read that even if you get the pollen from the stamen on your nose and lick it off it could kill us.

    bonks to all of you there in the Florida place

  5. Thanks for mentioning this - a cat does not even have to chew on the lily. If she rubs up against it and some of the pollen gets on her, she can become gravely ill by licking it off the next time she gives herself a bath.

  6. Good reminder! We never bring lilies into the house, just to be safe.

  7. We dont have Easter Lilies around, but we do have Oriental lilies. But they are outside an we are inside, so we are safe.


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