CURE Lily Poisoning in Cats (at Home!)


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Introduction: CURE Lily Poisoning in Cats (at Home!)

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Vets. Can't afford them, can't live without them. They're highly crucial for the health of your pets, but they can completely drain the bank for every little emergency your pet gets itself into. This is especially true with cats. Remember that saying,"Curiosity killed the cat"? Well this instructable is to share with you a home remedy to keep that from happening to your curious little kitty.

I give you: "How to cure lily poisoning in cats at home"...

(It's fast, effective, and WAY cheaper then the vet while utilizing the same vet-issued remedies!)

Step 1: The Dreadful Encounter

Lilies. They're exotic, beautiful, and delightfully scented. They're plentiful around the Easter holiday and they make great gifts for the last-minute shopper. But they're also DEADLY to your cat, even with just the touch of it's pollen. If your cat has even just brushed up against a lily, you should consider it a medical emergency.

According to "Vet Help Direct".com, "It is thought that all parts of the lily flower and plant are poisonous to cats if eaten, and the effects are very serious and very fast. Only a very small amount needs to be eaten to cause devastating effects. Unfortunately kittens are most susceptible, not only because of their size but also because of their natural curiosity and tendency to investigate everything. The poison acts mainly on the kidneys and is absorbed very rapidly. The first sign is usually severe vomiting but cats may also show loss of appetite, depression, salivation, twitching or collapse. Sadly, a high number of them will die due to irreversible kidney damage. Others will survive but have permanent kidney damage. Only a lucky few will survive without long-lasting effects." Read more about it here: http://www.vethelpdirect.com/vetblog/2010/05/02/li...

And from Cats.org.uk, "Within minutes to hours of ingesting part of the lily plant, your cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. As the toxin begins to affect the kidneys, these signs continue and worsen as the kidney damage progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat may develop kidney failure in approximately 36-72 hours. If you see a cat eating lilies, contact a veterinarian immediately. If emergency treatment is begun within 6 hours of consumption, the chances are good that the cat will recover. This generally consists of emptying the gastrointestinal tract of the affected cat and intravenous fluid therapy in a hospital setting. If more than 18 hours has elapsed, and the kidneys have been severely affected, your cat may not survive, even with emergency care. The treatment generally consists of hospitalization and intravenous fluids. Your vet may also give your cat medication to control nausea and vomiting." Read more here: http://www.cats.org.uk/wolverhampton/news/lethal-l...

Although it will never be recommended by a vet to treat your pet at home, sometimes that is the best you can do in that moment. It's always nice when that home remedy can actually CURE your cat, just as if you took it to the vet in the first place. In fact, a lot of vets will use the remedy I'm about to share with you...

Step 2: Activated Charcoal

These may sound silly, but they work and are HIGHLY BENEFICIAL to the well-being of your cat at this point, especially if you can't afford taking them to the vet. Yes, you should ALWAYS take them to the doctors whenever possible, but if this is the best you can do, it's absolutely better then nothing!

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER:

This has many, many benefits that are good for both humans and cats, but in regards to lily poisoning, vets will administer this to your cat as a means of removing the toxin from your cat's kidneys and body. The bonus is that activated charcoal powder is basically tasteless, so your cat won't even notice it's in there.

From Vetfolio.com, "More recent reports found that with aggressive therapy, the treatment for lily toxicosis is effective if early treatment is initiated rapidly and aggressively. Adequate decontamination (with emesis induction [aka induced vomiting] and activated charcoal) along with aggressive IV fluid diuresis [to increase urine production] is of the utmost importance." Read more here: http://www.vetfolio.com/article/lily-toxicosis-in-...

From Natural Holistic Health, "Activated charcoal powder can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals; thus it renders them ineffective and harmless. As this absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, this substance is routinely used in hospitals and by physicians." Read more here: http://www.natural-holistic-health.com/the-benefi...

HOW TO ADMINISTER ACTIVATED CHARCOAL (As immediately after the deadly encounter as possible):

1. Simply put 1 teaspoon (or 1 capsule in pill form, opening it to empty out the powder) in your cat's wet food (or get them a special meat or wet canned food--if you only have dry food--to put it in). Mix it in well and let your cat have at it. If they don't eat it all (because they've lost some of their appetite from the poisoning already), save it in the fridge and give it to them at their next mealtime to finish.

2. Or, if it's already to the point where they won't eat barely anything at all, try emptying the charcoal powder from a pill (or teaspoon) into a piece of meat (like sandwich turkey or chicken), roll it up, and try to have them eat it all in one bite.

3. If both of these approaches don't work, mix the charcoal (from pill or teaspoon) with some water to make a black "juice" (for lack of a better word) and put it in an oral syringe (or dropper) and put it closer to the back of the cat's throat to help them swallow it quickly. It's CRUCIAL that your cat gets this ASAP!

NOTE: You can give your cat 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (or 1/2 to 1 pill opened up) of charcoal powder in their food with every meal for the next week (or at least once to twice per day), or until symptoms lift and your cat bounces back to it's normal self. You can reduce the amount of charcoal in their food as the symptoms reduce.

Step 3: LOTS OF LIQUIDS!!

Along with charcoal, it's imperative that your cat gets more water, and this may be tricky as your cat may lose it's desire to drink (as well as eat).

The above picture (3rd one)--although not pretty looking--shows how a can of wet cat food mixed with charcoal mixed with water will look. As you see, this is about the maximum water level to add to the food as any more will make the food not smelly enough for your feline to be attracted to eat. This is the water level our kitty needed, especially near the beginning, to get her back on track because she was very dehydrated. The beautiful thing was that she had to lick up all the water in order to get down to the meat that she was smelling. This made it so that she consumed most of her charcoal and liquids (which are the most critical component to her recovery) before eating the actual food (which is nutritious and helps keep her strength up).

Here are some tips if your cat won't drink water:

1. Feed wet foods. Wet foods have up to 78% water content in them, versus the merely 10% (or less) in dry food. This week while trying to save your cat's life from this poisoning, feed them wet foods only.

2. Add water to their wet food, but not so much that it's too watered down. (Again, see picture #3)

3. Put multiple dishes of water around the house (and use different types of containers if they're not feeling their traditional bowl).

4. Try setting up a running water machine or leave a faucet running near to where they like to perch so they are more enticed to drink water.

5. Pet them and talk to them nicely while you're trying to get them to eat or drink.

6. Try warming up their food so they are more enticed to eat it. (This helps them not only get more water from the food, but more nutrients too.)

Here are some more ideas from Geeks on Pets: http://www.geeksonpets.com/how_6381840_sick-cat-ea...

Give your kitty a very small amount of non-caffeinated, non-sweetened Peppermint Tea:

This is mainly for the benefit of helping your cat drink their water (and it does have some stomach-soothing effects when your kitty is vomiting a lot or has diarrhea). MAKE SURE that your cat does NOT eat any peppermint oil, peppermint leaves (like if the tea bag spilled open), etc...but the "juice" from the cold, watered down, non-sweetened tea is safe for them in SMALL amounts. And because peppermint is attractive to cats, it may entice them to drink their water up with just a very small amount in their water. (Then you could finish the tea yourself, as it's incredibly beneficial to humans!) This would probably be a last resort for getting your kitty to drink their water.

HOW I DO THIS: I make a little peppermint tea in a cup like usual. Then I take a spoonful or two (or 1-2 tablespoons) of this tea and put it directly into their full water dish. This waters it down nicely without being too little or too strong.

From one blogger's experiences with peppermint tea and a hurt/sick kitty: "It turns out that mint is related to catnip and has a similar effect on cats. It’s a happy drug for felines. Much like it does for people, mint tea can be a gentle way to ease digestive troubles. I also learned that a compress of peppermint tea applied externally to skin problems is helpful for cats." Read more here: http://www.tching.com/2010/01/peppermint-tea-for-t... and read about warnings and safe uses here: http://ultimatecat.blogspot.ca/2012/03/natural-rem...

Step 4: Our Kitty Testimonies

We have two little kitties, both about 9 months old. Ginger is just that, the ginger colored kitty. And Peaches is the multi-colored one. Our family has usually always had birds or dogs, but not really many cats. So when my hubby brought me home a beautiful white lily, there weren't any red flags going up for either of us in regards to our cats.

Almost immediately, our cats both found their way to smelling and investigating this new, tantalizing thing in their house. Ginger started to nibble one of the plant's leaves and we quickly removed her from the plant and put the plant up high (hoping to keep it out of their reach).

Within a few hours to a day, we started noticing vomit and diarrhea around the house. This we quickly attributed to the eating of the plant (because that's the only foreign substance that they had encountered recently), not knowing how severe of a problem this actually was.

My gut just kept telling me something wasn't right when Ginger stopped wanting to eat and both of them were more lethargic and mopey. I just so happened to ask my friend (who also has a cat) about what I should do. When I mentioned about our cat's having eaten a plant leaf, she inquired if it was a lily.

Oh no!

She quickly went into how bad lilies were and while she talked I scoured the internet looking up effects of lilies on cats. My heart sunk. I was so sure these little kitties would definitely be on their way to their death beds, especially because our family is in full-time ministry and we make only enough money for our necessities to be covered, thus we couldn't afford a crazy vet bill all of a sudden. (There were other financial things that had just consumed our money at the time too, and we only get paid once per month).

What would we do!?

Well first and foremost, we removed the lily from the house and put it out on our back porch (with a locked door separating it from our kitties). Then, I researched and researched for an answer to some sort of home remedy to save our kitties! When I compiled my research, it was basically repetitive articles relaying the info I've shared here on this instructable. I gave both cats 1 pill worth of activated charcoal right away (mixed into their food). We also watered down their wet food to help them get more water and fast.

I'm not even kidding, within A DAY Ginger (in particular, since she was the one who actually ate some of the plant and was the hardest hit) bounced back and developed her desire to eat, play, etc (and there was no longer ANY vomit or diarrhea around the house)! I couldn't believe it! We continued feeding each of them 1/2 a pill of charcoal with every meal for the next couple days.

And knowing that the vet would be doing everything I'm doing at home, I felt safe that our kitties would be A-OK (and they are!) :)

So happy I found this info! And thrilled to share it...this could save your cat's life someday, too! Please spread the word.

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    35 Comments

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    ashleyjlong
    ashleyjlong

    6 years ago

    Great tip about the peppermint tea! My parents used to leave bowls of mint tea all over the house to keep their very elderly cat hydrated. She loved it!

    I'm very glad you mentioned the oral syringe method of charcoal delivery. Frankly that would be my plan A, so as not to wait until the cat feels like eating a sufficient amount of food to deliver all the charcoal. My suggestion to users would be to add only enough water to make the charcoal powder a paste, not a runny liquid. It will still slide through the syringe, but will be less likely to just leak out eh corners of an unwilling cat's mouth and encourage them to swallow. Paste definitely works best whenever I have to syringe feed a reptile.

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    rainee419
    rainee419

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    They can aspirate the activated charcoal into their lungs and that could kill them too, its just VERY dangerous. They do a stomach tube at the vets office if need be. Your not ever supposed to squirt activated charcoal into their mouths. Better to stick it inside of something at least and try to force that down very carefully if you absolutely had to

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    When charcoal powder is mixed with wet food or water, it is no longer powder and cannot easily get in the cat’s lungs. It’s not like when a person, for example, does the horrible spoonful of cinnamon challenge. The charcoal mixes fully into the liquid and is safe for consumption.

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    rainee419
    rainee419

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Who knows? The emergency vet just gave me a suspension of liquid activated charcoal at 3AM last night. Just repeating what she told me

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    rainee419
    rainee419

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    So yeah, anyones whose interested, my cat chewed off the tips of 2 leaves over the last 24hrs. He is a 17lb maine coone. I saw him throw up once. Thought nothing of it when i saw the leaf in there i forgot lilys were poisonous. Caught him in the act last night at midnight and it clucked. I rushed him into the emergency vet immediately. They said inducing vomiting on a cat isnt very effective, so they werent going to do that. They think he would have already thrown it up. Then they said it would be a few thousand dollars because he needs 48hrs iv fluid support and multiple blood works drawn. I opted to get bloodwork done and fluids injected under his skin (SQ) for the night and they gave me the suspension of activated charcoal and it says right on the bottle in all caps DO NOT FORCE FEED which they made a big deal to let me know how dangerous it was to do so, which I also had learned not to do with this compound in vet tech school. They charged us 400 something dollars for that. He ate about 1/2 his dose readily with some fancy feast. I was really surprised but he didnt seem to mind it but when he was done he was done. They gave me ALOT. He is now at his normal vet. Took him in at 8am this morning and they are keeping him for the next 24-48 hrs on iv fluids and are going to run bloodwork tonight to see how hes doing and if good he will most likely come home in the morning. Otherwise one more day and we go from there. They say you never really know with these guys. He hasnt shown a single sign of being sick so far. His normal vet is only charging about 700 for everything if he has to stay 2 nights, only about 400 if only one. I really hope i made the right decision. The emergency vets are crooks most of the time so you really just never know what to do. I will keep anyone who cares posted

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thanks for the info! Hope your cat will be ok!

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    rainee419
    rainee419

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Update! : Just picked Binx up from the vet. He is fine! He 100% ate 2 white easter lily leaves (about an inch each) puked one up for sure, not sure about the other. He didnt receive care until at leat 24hrs after the 1st leaf he chewed off. His bloodwork ended up being run 3 times and was never off. The vet says he is out of the woods at this point. Something that wasnt revealed to me until I was picking him up seems incredibly important to me. The vet told me that there is alot that they are still unsure of about Lily toxicity. They do not even know exactly what it is that affects them in the plant, and here is the crazy part, she told me that some cats ARE JUST NOT AFFECTED. It said that NOWHERE online. I think we deserve to know that. She said that it may be genetic, there may be some sort of precursor they do not yet understand, but obviously the risk is too high to not take every case very seriously because many cats can barely touch them and have fatal results. Now Binx IS almost 18lb so maybe that has something to do with it. Moral of the story is get the help if you possibly can, try the activated charcoal at home if you have to (i still say dont squirt it) and if nothing else, pray pray pray. I just dont think it ever did anything to him, it was a true Lily, I know how blessed we were. Just anyone reading this please understand im sharing because it is possible but highly unlikely they wont get sick so please dont count on that

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Praise the Lord!! I’m so very glad he is ok!! Thanks for the update!! :)

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback and great tips! That's cool that the paste works with reptiles! Never tried it with cats. The only reason I didn't suggest it first is because it can be stressful and traumatic to cats to "force feed them" with a syringe. So if they will eat the charcoal, etc otherwise (more naturally) then I feel that's better. But definitely like your tip to try if they won't eat or drink! Thanks for visiting and sharing :)

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    Ravenxx01
    Ravenxx01

    3 months ago

    Hey there sooo my cat got into my Lillie’s before I noticed :( she’s been puking alllll night. I got her some charcoal like you said. But she puked that up too she did eat some.. but she puked it back up. but I can’t afford the vet right now. Any advice?

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 3 months ago

    Keep trying to feed your cat charcoal in water. Use a syringe if necessary. Keep doing it even if your cat throws up. If you don’t keep trying until eventually it keeps it down, your cat may potentially die. :(

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    CatKitty943
    CatKitty943

    11 months ago

    I saw my cat sniffing my lily and he had some pollen in his forehead. I washed his forehead about a million times but I still feel really panicky. I know that Lilies are extremely bad and searching up the side effects did not help bc i don't my lil cat to die and i was panicking even more. I couldn't remember if he ate pollen (I really hope not) but I also read that cats would vomit and stop eating but it's been half an hour since he got that pollen in his forehead and he's not vomiting but he has been hiding away for bit but after i found him, he wanted to play again. I know that he's acting normal because he likes playing with a little rope and he likes to chase after it. I'm really nervous and I really don't want anything bad happen to him. The vets near me are expensive and I'm getting scared. I don't know if i should still buy the activated charcoal. Please respond :c

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 11 months ago

    And I'm sorry I didn't see this 2 days ago! I hope he's ok! And if you hadn't given it to him and he's still acting normal I'd still give him some just to be safe bc sometimes a lily interaction can still hurt the animal long term even if short term they seem fine.

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    CatKitty943
    CatKitty943

    Reply 11 months ago

    I gave him some just to make sure and he turned out a ok :D He's not vomiting and he's not doing anything strange. He most likely got it in his face and i was being paranoid. Thanks for the reply and the article!

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 11 months ago

    Great! I'm glad he's ok 😊

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 11 months ago

    If you are worried about it that much, I would DEFINITELY buy the charcoal and give him it. It 100% won't hurt him if you give it to him and he didn't need it, and it will 100% help him if he does need it. So it's a win-win. 👍🏻

    Thanks for the directions. We have some kind of red lily in the flower bed and I didn't know they are bad for cats. We live in a rural area with no emergency vet service for cats, but at 10 at night I was able to call the local large animal vet and get a tube of "universal animal antidote gel". It is activated charcoal mixed in a liquid base and packaged in a syringe that you can squirt in an animal's mouth. We couldn't get it in the cat's mouth that way--he did NOT cooperate! But he liked it mixed with bento fish flakes. Another vet we know recommended warm milk, but our cat didn't want that either. Anyway, the cat seems fine this morning. I think what really saved him is that he had a hairball and vomited the whole mess up before the lily got digested. His only symptom was lily petals in his vomit and acting a bit agitated at bedtime, which was why we looked up the lily issue. So, we learned that lesson! And we are thankful he's ok. And I would recommend that antidote gel for anyone with animals ($15 for a 60 ml tube from the vet office=cheap insurance).

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm so glad your cat is ok! 👏 See that's just it that the main ingredient was activated charcoal. Nature's miracle healer :) thanks for sharing your experience on here!

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    TinaB126
    TinaB126

    4 years ago

    Great article. I am a first time cat owner and have only had my kittens for 5 months. Last night I was snapping pictures of my kitten with lily pollen all over her face. I sent it to a friend who then educated me on lilies and cats. I’ve spent the last 12 hours staring at my cat and praying she’s ok. So far she shows no signs of trouble, but you can bet i’m running out to buy these pills as soon as the stores open this morning. Thank you for posting this.

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    Sorry for the years of delay, but hopefully it all worked out! Somehow I just saw this now. Blessings!