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Tomorrow, March 1, marks the beginning of Lent. Every year, right before Easter, I post a warning about the dangers of Easter Lilies to your cat.

I am sure you have all read warnings on many things and sometimes we pay little attention, thinking that won’t happen to us. But then it does happen to us and now we take notice!


One of our pet parents gave me permission to share their story to hopefully save you from going through the same thing they experienced.

I received a text a week ago “Well I found out today that lilies are toxic.” The husband had purchased a Valentines Day bouquet that contained a lily. One morning they found yellow pollen all over their kitten’s face and nose. They immediately contacted their vet and poison control who confirmed the pollen was from an Easter Lily. Even though the kitten did not eat any of the flower, the vet wanted her on fluids for 48 hours. This is done intravenously so she had to stay under vet care.

He told me “I’ve been careful with plants and researched them deliberately but with Valentines Day around the corner, on impulse, I bought some flowers and it turns out, the $20 bouquet will end up costing possibly around $1300.”

I wonder why a florist would put an Easter Lily in a Valentine bouquet!

Tests showed there was a slight elevation in the numbers for kidney function.  They kept checking and when it was stable, the kitten was able to come home, but this was 72 hours later and you can imagine the fear those parents had to go through during that time. The vet said her prognosis is great.  Because our pet parents acted immediately, there is happy ending to this story.

One positive thing that came out of this, we started talking about the need for pet insurance.  Our pet parent said he was definitely planning on getting a policy.  Both he and I did some checking around. I checked into Trupanion and Hartville. Hartville is the one recommended on the Life’s Abundance site. Our pet parent checked into Healthy Paws and Figo which is a Chicago based company.  He was impressed with the quote he received from Figo.

If you get a policy that covers accidents and illnesses and not routine care, the prices appear reasonable. We recommend you take the time to research various companies, paying attention to reviews, and then decide if you can provide your pet with protection.  We would greatly appreciate learning about your experiences and what company you select so we can share this with all my blog followers.

We are thankful to our pet parents for allowing me to share their story with all of you.

Let’s all say NO to lilies!






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  1. GOOD!!!

    Jim Bathurst Col, USMC (Ret) Author: We’ll All Die As Marines Commander, Fox Valley Young Marines

  2. Mary Alice Cunningham

     /  February 28, 2017

    Will this go on Facebook?

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Shea

     /  February 28, 2017

    I use Embrace for Hannibal, and I’m happy with their service. I used it more than I intended last year while he was going through some stomach problems, and they were always prompt and helpful. You can also add a wellness plan onto your coverage for a reasonable price, which covers about $250 in physical exams/labs/vaccines/ect. If he ever needs his teeth cleaned in the future, it’ll cover that, too! 🙂

  4. Sandi Rasmussen

     /  February 28, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing this about lilies. I have often purchased, before our kitty, a bouquet from Trader Joe’s. They usually put one or two lilies in the arrangements, and I never would have thought about toxins. I did go on the internet and researched house plants and have gotten rid of all our plants–we now have silk flowers. I had a decorative bird house that had some spagnum moss attached. The kitty got into the moss, and the next day vomited for the first time in her life.
    Sandi Rasmussen

  5. Vicki

     /  February 28, 2017

    So glad to hear the kitten is ok now.

  6. Vicki

     /  March 1, 2017

    This is a good website with an extensive list of toxic plants for cats, dogs, and horses. I used this site and took 2 of my plants to my condo office so they would not be near Viktor.


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