Peace Lily Poisonous to Cats?

This plant contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals similar to other plants in the Araceae family. Chewing or biting into this plant will release these crystals causing tissue penetration and irritation the mouth and GI tract. VERY rarely, swelling of the upper airway occurs making it difficult to breathe. See Oxalates (Insoluble) for more information.

The peace lily does NOT cause acute kidney failure in cats when ingested. Common signs to watch for: Drooling Pawing at the mouth Oral pain Decreased appetite Vomiting

A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.)

What happens if my cat eats a peace lily?

Peace lilies are mildly poisonous to cats, although the compounds they contain are fortunately not as toxic as those of true lilies. Even so, call your vet immediately! Your kitty is very uncomfortable, but she should survive the ordeal.

Are peace lilies poisonous to cats?

17 Nov Peace Lilies And Your Cat. Given its has a similar common name to the Lily, many cat owners are concerned about having this plant grow in or around their house. Indeed, Liles in the Lilium and Hemerocallis genus are extremely toxic to cats.

Which part of the peace lily is toxic to cats?

The cells of Peace Lilies, also known as Mauna Loa plants, contain a needle-like substance known as calcium oxalate stored in bundles known as raphides, which are toxic to cats.

How much lily is toxic to cats?

Threat: Just 2-3 leaves, or even the pollen groomed off the fur, can result in poisoning in a cat. If untreated, acute kidney failure will develop and be fatal.

Peace Lilies are a beloved choice of plants for indoor plant enthusiasts. They are easy to grow and even easier to take care of. Note that Peace Lilies are not true Lilies. They belong to the Araceae family.

These calcium oxalate crystals are released when cats bite into the leaves or through ingestion of pollen, leading to damage of the body cells. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has provided a list of signs to help identify Peace Lily toxicity.

Vomiting, excessive drooling and licking of paws, tongue and throat irritation, and difficulty swallowing are the most common symptoms. However, the toxic effects of Peace Lilies are considered mild to moderate depending on the number of leaves ingested and rarely lead to acute kidney failure. During the 12-24 hours mark, in the most adverse situation, Peace Lily ingestion will lead to acute kidney failure.

Prior to kidney failure manifestation, you will notice your cat walking in a drunken manner or suffering from seizures and disorientation. Keep your Peace, Lilies amongst other plants that cats dont like, such as citrus, mint, rosemary, or lavender. You can also spray a home-made mixture of cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, and water as a quick fix to keeping cats away.

A complete physical examination will be required to differentiate between Peace Lily poisoning and symptoms associated with any preexisting conditions. To reduce the pain and soothe the burning sensation, you can give your cat some chilled yogurt or lactose-free milk. Follow by washing the mouth, the nearing areas, and any parts that have been in contact with Peace Lily to remove any calcium oxalate crystals.

Since ingestion of Peace Lilies can cause irritation of stomach lining and blocking of the airway passage, you can administer specific medication.

If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.*

Clinical Signs: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

If you suspect your cat has been poisoned, you can call the Animal Poisons Centre for FREE advice on 1300 869 738 (from Australia) or 0800 869 738 (from New Zealand).

Peace Lily

plantsAlternate namesPeace lilies, Mauna Loa plant, Spathiphyllum, white sails

Toxicity to pets

This plant contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals similar to other plants in theThe peace lily does NOT cause acute kidney failure in cats when ingested. It is different from more dangerous types of lilies that can cause kidney failure (e.g., Easter, daylily, Asiatic, Japanese show, and Tiger lilies).

Symptoms of Peace Lily Ingestion

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has provided a list of signs to help identify Peace Lily toxicity. Vomiting, excessive drooling and licking of paws, tongue and throat irritation, and difficulty swallowing are the most common symptoms.However, the toxic effects of Peace Lilies are considered mild to moderate depending on the number of leaves ingested and rarely lead to acute kidney failure.

Six to Twelve Hour Mark

You will first notice the signs of Peace Lily poisoning within 6-12 hours of ingestion. The first signs will include vomiting, drooling, and an increased or decreased desire to drink.

Twelve to Twenty Four Hour Mark

During the 12-24 hours mark, in the most adverse situation, Peace Lily ingestion will lead to acute kidney failure.Prior to kidney failure manifestation, you will notice your cat walking in a drunken manner or suffering from seizures and disorientation.

Two Weeks Mark

The symptoms, even after treatment, can remain up to two weeks. However, most cats make a full recovery without any lasting damage.

Keeping Cats Away from Peace Lilies

The simplest way of keeping cats away from Peace Lilies is to not own any Lilies or at least placing them in a position where it is not reachable. However, it is not the most practical advice.There are several ways to protect your furry companion from Peace Lily’s toxic effects by distancing them.You can add coffee grounds and orange peels into the soil. The scent of coffee and a dislike for citrus will keep them away.Additionally, you can add gravel to your soil to prevent them from digging into the pot. Keep your Peace, Lilies amongst other plants that cats don’t like, such as citrus, mint, rosemary, or lavender.You can also spray a home-made mixture of cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, and water as a quick fix to keeping cats away. Taping balloons is another way of warding off cats, the sound of balloons popping will scare them away.If nothing else works, keep a spray bottle filled with water, cats in general, hate water. Sprinkle water on your cat once it gets close to your Peace Lilies to prevent them from getting closer.

Diagnosing Peace Lily Poisoning in Cats

Diagnosing Peace Lily poisoning is a challenging task and can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.A complete physical examination will be required to differentiate between Peace Lily poisoning and symptoms associated with any preexisting conditions.In most cases, treatment is started before a diagnosis is confirmed. This is done to soothe the symptoms and provide relief before proper treatment can begin.When providing a diagnosis, a blood sample will be extracted to provide a complete blood picture and a biochemical profile. The biochemical profiling will help with identifying the levels of different electrolytes.Additionally, a urine sample will also be collected to determine the functioning of the kidneys and liver. This is done to rule out the onset of acute kidney failure.

Treating Peace Lily Toxicity in Cats

Treatment of Peace Lily toxicity in cats does not follow a specific protocol. There are a number of methods that are used to help overcome the symptoms to reach the most stable condition possible.

Home Remedies

To reduce the pain and soothe the burning sensation, you can give your cat some chilled yogurt or lactose-free milk. It is crucial that the milk is lactose-free as lactose can cause diarrhea in cats, leading to dehydration.

Washing the Oral Cavity

Firstly, take out any leaves present in the oral cavity. Follow by washing the mouth, the nearing areas, and any parts that have been in contact with Peace Lily to remove any calcium oxalate crystals.

Providing Fluid Therapy

One of the first symptoms of Peace Lily poisoning is vomiting. Vomiting reduces the body’s fluid levels leading to dehydration and causes electrolyte imbalance leading to weakness.Provide your cat with fluid therapy to rehydrate them and restore the electrolytes lost. The electrolyte mix can be given along with the fluids.

Medication

Since ingestion of Peace Lilies can cause irritation of stomach lining and blocking of the airway passage, you can administer specific medication.Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine open blocked airways. Additionally, the administration of Kapectolin can help soothe stomach irritation by coating the stomach lining.