are tiger lilies poisonous to cats

True Lilies, which include the Tiger, Stargazer, Easter, and Oriental varieties, and Day Lilies are highly toxic to cats. Every part of the plant, even the water contained in the vase, is toxic if ingested and only a small amount can be fatal.

The two genera of lilies that pose the greatest risk to cats’ lives when they are consumed are Hemerocallis and Lilium (true lilies). Asiatic, Easter, Japanese Show, red, rubrum, stargazer, tiger, Western, wood, and daylilies (Hemerocallis species) are a few types of these poisonous lilies. Kidney failure can occur suddenly and severely even if a small amount of pollen or vase water is consumed (less than 1-2 petals or leaves).

Visit our No Lilies for Kitties page for more details about lilies, including safer substitute flowers for homes with cats and educational resources.

Take your cat to the vet right away for treatment if you think it may have eaten any part of one of these lilies, along with the plant. Generally, the sooner treatment is started the better the prognosis.

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. Many elements (such as the quantity of substance consumed, the animal’s size, allergies, etc.) ) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you believe your pet may have consumed something poisonous, contact the Pet Poison Helpline or get emergency medical attention.

Symptoms: Usually only mild vomiting or drooling. Rarely diarrhea. The sap can occasionally irritate the skin as well. Eye exposure may also cause mild inflammation.

Toxin: Cardiac glycosides (affect the heart). Every portion of the plant, including the water in the vase, is regarded as poisonous.

Toxin: Lycorine, which has potent effects that cause vomiting, and crystals on bulbs that irritate tissues extremely

Symptoms include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, mouth blisters, weakness, depression, and slurred, inebriated gait. Because of the bitter taste and oral blisters that typically deter animals from eating them, serious side effects are rare.

Symptoms: Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, drooling, abdominal pain. can result in cardiac arrhythmias, convulsions, low blood pressure, and irregular breathing in extreme situations.


What happens if a cat eats a tiger lily?

The entire lily plant is toxic: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase. Eating just a small amount of a leaf or flower petal, licking a few pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or drinking the water from the vase can cause your cat to develop fatal kidney failure in less than 3 days.

Which lilies are not toxic to cats?

However, not all lilies are poisonous to cats, while some species such as Calla, Peace and Peruvian lilies do not cause kidney damage, but can still cause irritation and gastrointestinal signs if ingested. To avoid your cat coming to any harm, it is a good idea to cat-proof your garden.

How poisonous are tiger lilies?

It is said the tiger lily is potent enough that just a few leaves or even just the water from the plant vase is toxic enough to severely harm or kill a pet. The best thing you can do is not have this plant anywhere around your dog or in your home at all.

Are Tiger Lillies pet safe?

Dangerous lilies: Tiger lilies, day lilies, Asiatic hybrid, Easter lilies, Japanese show lilies, rubrum lilies, stargazer lilies, red lilies, western lilies and wood lilies. These are all highly toxic and even ingesting a few petals/leaves or pollen/vase water can cause rapid kidney failure in cats.