Apr 3, 2008

Urgent Warning: Lily Plants

I'm very thankful for your encouragement, and especially for your prayers, they've been felt.

I spoke with the vet this morning, Boo isn't doing much better, but we'll hold off until this afternoon and recheck his kidney numbers, which are high. For instance a normal BUN is 14-36. Boo's is 346. I asked again why...what would cause this in such a young cat. She didn't know, but suspected something he's been exposed to, it could be anything, such as a plant like a lily plant......

My heart sank. It all came together and I feel so stupid. I brought three lily plants home from church last Wednesday with the intention of meeting my friend Velma and taking them to the nursing home we visit. I put them on the kitchen floor on Thursday morning, so the timeline makes sense.

From what I read, there isn't a lot short of a miracle that will help him now and I feel incredibly bad about this. I brought them in! And I'm extremely grateful the other cats haven't gotten into them yet (I put them outside the second I hung up the phone). I wanted to go ahead and post this because this time of year, many of us might have Easter Lily plants sitting in our homes and like me, may not realize they're extremely toxic to cats. I did a quick search on the web, and sure enough every symptom they listed are symptoms we see in Boo.

19 Comments:

Jim & Jami said...

I am soooo sorry sweetie, but it was not your fault.....you didn't know.....I will be praying for little Boo.....and, thank you for informing the rest of us.....sending hugs to you, and your enitre family.....
(((((Stacey, John, Niki, Cody, & Alex}}}}}, oh and not to forget.....(((((Louie, Jack, & Boo))))).....Love you Stacey!

Jenny 865-53oh9 said...

Wow...I have never heard of this! Gonna have to link to this post....

Bubba's Sis said...

Oh, Sweetie - I'm so so sorry! Don't feel bad - you didn't know. I wouldn't have known. Big hugs to you and all the family - know that I'm thinking of ya'll and praying for you, too!

Kim said...

Dear Stacey...I'm just so sorry that this has happened. You didn't know before hand so don't feel bad about it.

You'll get through it...hang in there.

Saying prayers for you and everyone involved.

Ms. Can't Be Wrong said...

Oh, Stace, you can't blame yourself. This is all so sad. Let me know if you need anything!

Donna said...

I saw where Jenny linked to this post, and I figured I'd do the same on both my blogs. If we can spare just one person some grief, it'll be worth the effort.

D... said...

{{huge hugs}}Please stop with the guilt right this minute. You did NOT know, I didn't know either. Lilies are beautiful & you brought them into your house in good faith. Please, please don't beat yourself up anymore. Please?!

I am so sorry ya'll are going through this. But, you saved someone's beloved pet. We have a cherished cat. While I don't have a lily in my home right now, you have just made sure that I never will. Thank you for the warning.

I am loving you & praying for you. Seriously, stop, ok?

Shana said...

OH NO! Boo and you are in my prayers. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Boo. I read Donna's journal, & she said something about you & your cat. I'm a cat lover too. I'll be praying for your Boo. Thanks for informing the rest of us. By the way, it's not your fault. you can't be blamed for something that you didn't even know about. Think about all the others you might have "SAVED!"

Hollie

Eileen said...

Please don't blame yourself, (Hugs). I had no idea about this, and we brought the same plants in the house for Easter. Lilly, our cat could very well be in the same boat right now. Let us know how Boo is doing, and if there is anything we can do to help. I mean it. You are all in my prayers. Was thinking about you all day.
Love.

Mrs. C said...

I'm so sorry, Stacey. Try not to feel guilty. I know it's hard. Prayers for your family and that Boo isn't suffering.

breakaway said...

Sent by Donna and wanted to say how sorry I was! What a terrible thing to happen. I agree with the others...you had no idea so this was not your fault. Looks like there will be lots praying for little Boo! My prayers and thought are with you also.

Trinity said...

*hugs Stacey tightly*

ooowww I didn't know lily can be so toxic like that! Cheer up please dearie... let's hope Boo will soon be healed!

Mrs. C said...

checking in... how's stuff?

Midlife Mom said...

As the owner of three cats I am so glad that Donna linked to your post for this information. I wouldn't have known and sometimes in the past have had lilies left over from church that I have brought home. I hope your little four legged friend gets through this, my thoughts are with you!

Angela Williams Duea said...

Oh, Stacey, I'm so sorry. I would have never know about the lilies, either. As a matter of fact, I have been thinking about bringing home some Easter lilies that are still at the church. Thanks for saving my cats!

Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

Stacey, you coudln't have known. Don't hold yourself responsible for this - it was an accident.

However, you say you put the plants outside - are there other cats in your neighborhood that could get into them?

Just thinking .

Misty Dawn said...

Stacey, I'm so, so sorry this is happening. It is not your fault - do not blame yourself. I love you, my friend. My heart and prayers go out to you and the whole family.

Cathi said...

Stacey, I've not been blogging for a few days and I feel terrible about not reading about Boo until now. I had no idea lilies were toxic to kitties. I am so very sorry. I truly am.