Happy Easter! Are you ready to make sure everyone survives the weekend?
We have the usual dangers of course, the ham that sends the dog to the ER with pancreatitis, the Easter basket grass that winds up tangled in the small intestine, the Cadbury overload, all the good stuff. But the Big Daddy of Easter dangers, as more and more people are realizing, is the dreaded Easter lily.
Lilies will kill your cat. No mercy and no quarter- the leaves, petals, stems, even the little bit of pollen that falls into the water in the vase can send your cat into severe, acute renal failure. This is why every Easter and every Mother’s Day I frown at the flowers in the house and drag those little cat assassins right on out of the arrangement and into the trash. It’s terribly rude, especially when I have to do it in front of someone who brought the flowers, but I really think FTD should put a warning label on them: Not For Houses With Cats. They’re THAT dangerous.
The thing is, we have so many other options: gerbera daisies. Lilacs. Tulips. There’s even ‘benign lilies’ like callas and peace lilies, which might cause a little GI upset but won’t send your cat to the rainbow bridge. You can have beautiful Easter flowers AND an alive cat, which is really a tremendous combination if you ask me. When in doubt, throw ’em out. This has been a public service announcement from Penelope and Dr. V. And happy Easter!