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Is Japanese Show Lily Toxic To Cats?

Is Japanese Show Lily Toxic To Cats? 
Written by Clair Chesterman

Lilies in general are toxic to cats and this includes Japanese Show Lilies. While the toxic principles of Japanese show lilies are unknown,  it is thought to be water-soluble, making them easily absorbed by your cat’s bloodstream. Japanese show lily is found to cause vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure, and can even lead to death when ingested by cats. The poison is found in the lily’s blossoms and leaves, as well as the water from the plant container. Because the Japanese show lily is frequently seen in bouquets, you must keep it off-limits to your cat.

What Is Japanese Show Lily?

The Liliaceae family and the genus Lilium include the Japanese show lily. The Lilium genus includes all lilies that are potentially lethal to the animal that eats them. The proper scientific name for the Japanese show lily is Lilium speciosum. It has a typical lily appearance, which is usually pink and white in color. They are commonly used in bouquets, particularly for Easter, funerals, and other special occasions.

Clinical Signs of Japanese Show Lily Poisoning in Cats

Consumption of Japanese show lily is lethal even in cats even in small amounts. The pollens from its flowers and even the water from its vase can also cause poisoning. If your cat has been exposed to Japanese show lilies or is manifesting any of the clinical indications described below,  ask for medical help from a veterinary clinic or animal center right away.

  • Lethargy
  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Urine production changes
  • Failure of the kidneys
  • Death

First Aid and Treatment of Japanese Show Lily Poisoning in Cats

The veterinarian will start managing your cat’s symptoms after conducting a complete physical check on your cat. The treatment process for plant poisoning usually includes vomit induction, giving activated charcoal, and intravenous fluid therapy.

Fluid treatment will help flush the poison out of your cat’s system faster, prevent the kidneys from shutting down and avoid dehydration. To avoid renal failure, fluid therapy must be started within 18 hours of intake of the Japanese show lily. The veterinarian may also administer other medications as required in your cat’s condition. 

Recovery from Japanese Show Lily Poisoning in Cats

Your cat’s complete recuperation depends on his or her general health condition and promptness of treatment received. If your cat has underlying health complications prior to poisoning, his chance of recovery is bleak. If your cat’s liver has been damaged, there are chances that it will be a permanent condition.

Prevention of Japanese Show Lily Poisoning in Cats

As a cat owner, it is best to avoid growing and bringing any types of lilies and toxic plants into your home. Keep your home cat-friendly for your felines’ safety and wellness. Maintain your cat’s good health condition and restrict his or her outdoor activities. This will minimize the risk of getting in contact with poisonous plants outside your home.

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About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.

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