Easter lilies can pose deadly threat to cats

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — While some search high and low for Easter lilies, cat lovers are staying far away from the plant.

     The toxins in any type of lily, besides the day lily, are deadly to cats.

     Every part of this flower, even the leaves can cause acute kidney failure.

     Vets encourage cat owners to bring them immediately to the vet if they come in contact with a lily.

     Although this is a serious toxin, making it difficult for the vet to help.

     “When we see cats in acute kidney failure,” said Dr. Anne Eldridge of Animal Hospital of Pitt County. “Either they are showing signs of vomiting or diarrhea or potentially neurological signs because they are not able to clear those toxins out of those kidneys.”

      Other Easter hazards include chocolate, particularly dark chocolate.

      If dogs get ahold of too much, it can cause digestive or even heart issues because of the caffeine content.

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