Consumption of lilies may induce kidney failure in cats

[April 3, 2014; Philadelphia, PA] – With Easter only a few weeks away, the veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) remind pet owners that Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats, and may cause kidney failure. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous, so lilies should be kept away from cats at all times.

Lilies dangerous to cats include:

  • Easter lily
  • Tiger lily
  • Rubrum lily
  • Japanese show lily
  • Day lily

Penn Vet, Lilies are lethal to catsA cat may vomit, lose its appetite, or become lethargic within a few hours of ingesting a toxic plant. If these symptoms occur, see your veterinarian immediately.

Last year, the experts at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital saved Elvis, a one-year-old cat, from kidney failure after he licked a lily. To learn more about Elvis’ case and kidney transplantation, click here.

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is one of only two veterinary hospitals on the East Coast that performs feline kidney transplants, and one of only three renal transplantation programs in the entire country. Notably, Ryan Hospital is also the only veterinary teaching hospital in the nation offering kidney transplantation and hemodialysis under one roof.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.