‘No lilies for cats’

image: Society of American Florists

image: Society of American Florists

On the site of Society of American Florists (SAF) Sheila Santiagoon warns for lilies and their toxicity for cats. “With Easter around the corner, let’s avoid sending any customers on an emergency trip to the vet. As you may know (and your customers may not), several types of lilies can cause renal failure or death in cats if they ingest them.” Although she talks about ‘several types of lilies’ Santiagoon does not specify which lilies might poison (and even kill) cats. “When you get requests for lilies be sure to ask if the recipient has a cat. If they do, explain the risks and suggest an alternative, such orchids, cacti, daisies or violets.”
The author refers to the National Animal Poison Control Center in the US. However, the information which this centre provides is not univocal. On one page of the list of toxic plants the centre mentions Lilium longiflorum toxic to cats (and non-toxic to dogs and horses) while on another page Lilium species in general are incriminated.