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Deadly flower warning for cat-loving mums

07 March 2018
Deadly flower warning for cat-loving mums Cats Protection is issuing an urgent warning ahead of Mother’s Day about the dangers of buying bouquets containing lilies for cat-loving mums.

The UK’s leading feline welfare charity says lilies are extremely toxic to felines and they can be affected simply by brushing past the flower and then grooming the pollen from the fur.

As a result, the charity has contacted leading supermarkets and florists to ask them to include a prominent warning on bouquets containing lilies.

“Lilies are one of the most common forms of poisoning in cats and we can’t emphasise enough just how dangerous they can be,” said Cats Protection spokesperson Louise Waters. “The toxins can cause them to go into kidney failure and this can be fatal.”

Luke Proudfoot (23) from London nearly lost his young cat Myra when he noticed she had pollen on her nose after brushing past a bunch of lilies.

He rushed Myra to the emergency vet where she was immediately put on a drip as she was drowsy and dangerously dehydrated.

“Thankfully she made a full recovery but I would never have bought lilies if I'd have known how deadly they could be,” said Luke. “I think it’s really important that people should be warned not to buy them for cat owners as it would be so awful if you ended up being responsible for the death of their pet.”

Signs of lily poisoning include continued vomiting, blindness, paralysis, renal failure and coma.

If a cat exhibits any of these symptoms, Cats Protection advises getting it to a vet as soon as possible for urgent treatment.

More information about plants that are poisonous for cats can be found here: https://www.cats.org.uk/dangerous-plants  

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.


Notes to Editors

  1. Photos of Luke and Myra are available to download here.

  2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 190,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

  1. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  2. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk