So a friend got me a bouquet of flowers for my birthday. Like an idiot, I didn't check what they were, and instead brought them into my apartment. The cats didn't really get into them until today, when Rosie wanted to see them and so I stupidly hoisted her up closer to them. She stuck her face in them, and came out with a face stained with pollen. I laughed for a moment, because it was cute, then she licked it off her nose, and I remembered: SOME FLOWERS ARE TOXIC TO CATS. I didn't know what kind of flower this was.
Well, they probably don't put highly toxic plants in common bouquets, I thought. But I'm a paranoid person, so I looked up flowers toxic to cats anyway, just so I could put my worry aside. Boom! Lily! Giant picture of the flower she just stuck her face in, one of the most toxic flowers to cats, and super common. Lilies cause kidney failure in cats within a few days, even the pollen.
I rushed her to the vet, and they saw her within an hour of her ingesting it. She's stuck at the emergency vet for 2 days, and basically having her kidneys flushed. She's expected to make a full recovery, though there's a chance she'll get some kidney damage out of it, and still a very small chance she could still go into kidney failure. But if I hadn't been so paranoid and brought her in immediately, if I'd waited even a day to see our regular vet, she would probably be dead within a few days.
Her sister is freaking out. I'm freaking out. My boyfriend is freaking out.
Lilies are super common, they usually have 6 petals, three behind the other three, and long stamens with lots of pollen. They come in lots of colors. And they were only the top of a long list.
I know this isn't sims related, but I also know lots of you have cats. The morals: Check your flowers if you have pets, and be paranoid.
Also, the friend who got me the flowers has a cat, and so if these at the type of flowers she likes, I should probably warn her, right? I don't blame her at all, I'd just want to warn her for her cat. That's gonna be awkward.
The Drake Equation
- Warning!: If you have cats, don't have Lilies.