Spring flowers bring a welcome burst of colour into our homes at Easter. But they can also bring danger to our cats, especially inquisitive kittens. Did you know that Easter lilies for example, cause kidney failure which can be fatal to our fluffy friends?

So, which are the toxic plants for cats? Currently the UK does not include cat care labelling to show which flowers and pot plants are poisonous plants for cats at home. However, The Pet Poison Helpline has a Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets, and the ASPCA has an extensive list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants. These include Easter favourites such as tulips, daffodils, lilies and crocus.

We spoke Vicky, one of our fabulous Cat in a Flat sitters who is also a qualified veterinary nurse, about what the signs of illness caused by eating poisonous plants are. Vicky listed drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate, loss of appetite and drowsiness.

If you think your cat has eaten part of a poisonous plant, rush them to your veterinarian for treatment immediately. The sooner treatment begins the better chance your four legged friend has for recovery. If you can, Vicky also recommends that you take the plant with you for ease of identification.

Meanwhile, here are some cat safe Easter flower alternatives:

  • Roses
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnia
  • Petunia
  • Tickseed
  • African violet
  • Gerber
  • Daisy
  • Snapdragon

Wishing you and your curious cats a happy and safe Easter!

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P.s. Join us in supporting the Fight to Label Lilies as Lethal campaign by adding your name to their petition here.