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Are cats allergic to Climbing Lily or is it toxic to them?

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The Climbing Lily (Gloriosa superba), also known as the Flame LilyGlory Lily, or Gloriosa Lily, is not an allergen to cats but is highly toxic to cats if ingested.

This plant contains toxic colchicine alkaloids which can be fatal to cats if consumed. Climbing Lilies are commonly found as ornamental plants in gardens and homes.

Toxicity level

Fatal

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Symptoms your cat may have

If a cat ingests any part of a Climbing Lily, especially the seeds and tubers which contain the highest concentration of toxins, they may experience:

  • Salivation
  • Vomiting (possibly bloody)
  • Diarrhea (possibly bloody)
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC – abnormal blood clotting)
  • Bone marrow suppression

Potential diagnosis your Vet may give

If a cat ingests any part of a Climbing Lily, especially the seeds and tubers which contain the highest concentration of toxins, they may experience:

  • Salivation
  • Vomiting (possibly bloody)
  • Diarrhea (possibly bloody)
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC – abnormal blood clotting)
  • Bone marrow suppression

Symptoms can develop in phases or waves and can lead to multi-organ failure and death if untreated

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FAQ

Q: Are cats allergic to Climbing Lily?

A: Yes, cats can be allergic to Climbing Lily. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include itching, sneezing, and skin irritation.

Q: Is Climbing Lily toxic to cats?

A: Yes, Climbing Lily, also known as Gloriosa Lily, is highly toxic to cats. Ingesting any part of this plant can cause severe symptoms and can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Q: What are the symptoms of Climbing Lily poisoning in cats?

A: Symptoms of Climbing Lily poisoning in cats include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, lethargy, and kidney failure. Immediate veterinary care is crucial if ingestion is suspected.

Q: How can I prevent my cat from coming into contact with Climbing Lily?

A: To prevent contact, ensure that Climbing Lily is not present in your home or garden. Keep your cat indoors or monitor outdoor activities closely to avoid exposure.

Q: What should I do if my cat ingests Climbing Lily?

A: If your cat ingests Climbing Lily, contact your veterinarian immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by a veterinary professional. Immediate medical attention is necessary.

Q: Is Climbing Lily commonly found in gardens?

A: Yes, Climbing Lily is commonly found in gardens and as an ornamental plant. It is important to ensure this plant is kept out of reach of cats to prevent accidental ingestion.

History of the

Gloriosa superba is a flowering plant native to tropical and southern Africa and Asia. Other common names include Flame LilyGlory LilyCreeping LilyTiger Claw and Fire Lily.

It is a climbing vine that grows from a tuberous rhizome. The showy flowers are bright red and yellow. All parts of the plant, especially the tubers, contain high levels of the toxic alkaloid colchicine.

While it has been used in traditional medicine in low doses, ingestion can be fatal to humans and animals. It is the national flower of Zimbabwe but considered an invasive weed in some areas

Further reading and sources

Please note: The information shared in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as veterinary medical advice.

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