Woman’s ‘stupid’ flower purchase nearly kills beloved cat. Picture: Facebook
Woman’s ‘stupid’ flower purchase nearly kills beloved cat. Picture: Facebook

Woman’s ‘stupid’ purchase nearly kills cat

A horrified pet owner has revealed her cat was nearly killed by a common flower - and the revelation has left many shocked.

The US woman explained she had a bunch of pink lilies in her office that she spotted her cat Willow playing with.

She shooed the cat away from the flowers, but not before Willow had become covered in its pollen.

Despite not having any concerns, something "in my head" told the owner to Google it which is when she discovered all parts of a lily are poisonous to cats.

"Even minor exposures (cat chewing on a leaf or getting pollen on his or her hair coat or whiskers) can be fatal," the woman wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

At this point, the concerned pet owner "freaked out" and threw the cat in the shower, before rushing her to the vet.

A pet owner has been left horrified when her bunch of lilies left her beloved cat fighting for its life. Picture: Facebook
A pet owner has been left horrified when her bunch of lilies left her beloved cat fighting for its life. Picture: Facebook

Thankfully, Willow pulled through after spending two days in an animal hospital where she was treated "aggressively" by the vets in a desperate bid to save her life.

However, her owner was left with "intense guilt" over her "stupid" purchase, saying she felt like a "terrible fur mom".

"I've had cats my entire life and have never heard of lily poisoning," she said, adding the vet's response to that was "most people only find out the hard way".

But the post has amassed a huge reaction online, with many pet owners revealing they had "no idea" the pretty flowers were so harmful to their beloved cats.

"Quick thinking momma, lilies are my favourite and never knew this. I'm so relieved for you both she will be OK," one said.

"It is very scary.. I've never heard of this before," another wrote.

"Did not know this! Glad your baby is doing better! You are not a terrible fur mom - your quick thinking saved her," someone else added.

Others thanked the devastated owner for sharing the "insane" story, saying their own pets had been at risk because they too had been unaware of the dangers.

Thankfully Willow pulled through and her owner is sharing her story to raise awareness of the dangers of the flower. Picture: Facebook
Thankfully Willow pulled through and her owner is sharing her story to raise awareness of the dangers of the flower. Picture: Facebook

Lilies are extremely toxic to cats because they cause "complete kidney failure" in as little as 36 hours, according to the RSPCA.

"The entire plant is toxic. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause complete kidney failure in 36 to 72 hours. The toxicity may occur by ingestion of, or by mouthing, very small amounts of lily material," the animal rescue organisation states.

"Owners should make sure their cats never have access to lilies of any kind."

If your cat comes into contact with the flower, you should take them to your nearest vet immediately.

Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, depression and a lack of urination.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the bond between an owner and their pet has deepened, new research shows.

A survey from Petbarn discovered 87 per cent of Australian dog and cat owners agree that their mental health has benefited from the companionship of their fury friend.

Many owners admitted they will miss spending time with their pet when life returns to normal.

Continue the conversation @RebekahScanlan | rebekah.scanlan@news.com.au

Originally published as Woman's 'stupid' purchase nearly kills cat



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