Post # 1
Okay, take 2 – flowers to send to my SO’s WASP parents who I don’t really know, haven’t met since we started dating (i.e. haven’t met since high school 8 years ago). They’re practical, quiet people with a cat. I don’t want to kill the cat by sending them poison in the form of a flower. I know Easter Lilies are cat killers, but what about other lilies?
Help me pick which is best! (yes, 4 out of 5 are new choices; 2 were not cat friendly, one just wasn’t that pretty and one got a bad review from someone who used to work for the company that sells the flowers in question!)
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ETA: All except the 4th one are from 1800-Flowers; the 4th is from FTD. Any experience with these companies?
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I received gorgeous orchids a few years back from 1800.. they lived for WEEKS!!! as far as the cat… hmmmm i have no idea! maybe google it? (okay yes that’s my answer to everything, google it lol)
Post # 5
The Crocuses in a box look lovely from the picture. I don’t know how I feel about the other flowers. I don’t think I like the arrangements more than the flowers. They look kind of filler-y? Did that make sense? I gues I don’t like seemingly sporatic blooms in other different blooms that vary so differently from each other. A bunch of English garden roses, peonies, rosebuds in the same color family: great. Daisies and roses together…dunno.
But all that is just in my humble (very) opinion!
Post # 6
While I have yet to meet any cats that will actually plants (other than catnip, etc), the wreath is your best bet. It’s festive and they won’t be able to get to it.
While I personally have not ordered anything from either of those, I have been on the receiving end of many FTD bouquets, etc and they’ve lasted several weeks when any other cut flowers and such would be dead. Don’t have any experience with 1-800-Flowers.
Post # 7
I love the crocus. I like the fact that it blooms later. However, if you want them to display the flowers over the holiday season…the roses/calla lily one is better.
Post # 8
Calla lilies are toxic to cats. Mums are also toxic. So is *autumn* crocus, but I’m not positive that’s what in that arrangement. I can’t find anything regarding Peruvian lilies, but I’m not sure that I’d risk it – Lily toxicity is really nasty in cats (it causes acute kidney failure), and can necessitate days’ worth of expensive treatment.
Quite honestly, if you really want to play it safe, I’d just go with the wreath. I have a cat, and she eats any floral arrangement that comes into my house. I obviously don’t allow toxic plants in my house, but she has such a sensitive tummy that even the non-toxic stuff will make her vomit.
ETA: Just FYI, the ASPCA has a *fantastic* and thorough list of which plants are toxic to which animals: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/
Post # 9
I love this post – I actually just finished my toxocology final! So Easter Lilies are nephrotoxic to cats but the cat would have to eat a lot of the plant to have an effect and even then it is an idiosyncratic poisoning. It is urban myth that Easter lily will kill your cat from just general licking and sniffing of the plant
Crocus family lilies – climbing lily, glory lily – have a toxin called cocholine which attacks rapidly dividing cells but once again the cat would have to eat a lot of the plant to have an effect.
Random fact: 1 leaf of an oleander plant is enough to kill a child or animal. (NOT KIDDING AT ALL – OLEANDER IS HIGHLY CARDIOTOXIC)
Bottom line is that most plants have some kind of weird toxin 🙁 I learned about 200+ for my final) but the amount that would have to be eaten is a lot. And often the plants do not taste good so most domestic animals will not eat them unless they are being starved.
FYI: dogs do have an idiosyncratic nephrotoxicity to grapes and raisens from as little as 3-4 grapes/raisens. 🙁 don’t feed your dog grapes.
Post # 10
laural – very interesting!!!
I’ve had cats for about 15 of my 29 years, and there have often been flowers in the house. I think it’s good that you are trying to avoid the highly toxic flowers, but for the flowers that could cause some reaction…based on my experience I wouldn’t worry too much. My current cats LOVE roses and baby’s breath….but they just sniff them. If they show too much love or start attempting to eat flowers, I just move them to a higher spot.
Post # 11
@laural – Having treated two cats from different families that were fairly azotemic after ingesting very small amounts of Easter lily, I don’t know if what I’ve seen clinically corresponds with what your toxicology professor taught you. It certainly won’t cause any kidney problems if they just sniff or lick the plant, but they definitely don’t need to eat a ton of it before signs of toxicity are seen. And really – regardless of the toxic dose, avoiding these plants isn’t difficult. And how horrible would you feel if you sent a toxic plant to a friend, assuming their cat wouldn’t mess with it, and their pet ended up at the emergency clinic? Why risk it?
Post # 12
I like the wreath. This way it will be outside and there are no cat worries.
Post # 13
From what I’ve heard all lilies are toxic to cats, including Calla Lillies. Here‘s a good comprehensive list. Crocuses are also on that list. Basicallly, anything with a bulb, if the bulb is attached still, is toxic. Alstroemeria is considered mildly toxic, but if it were me, I wouldn’t risk it. Our cats are better now that they’re older, but when they were kittens, they’d nibble on pretty much anything. You’d hate to give them something that could cause such a tragedy.
I vote for the wreath. It’s seasonal, it’s thoughtful and it will likely go outside where kitty will have no contact with it.
Post # 14
I always thought easter lillies and calla lillies were the same thing, either way, as stated before, all lillies are toxic to cats.
I have two cats, one of them would not notice if I grew a garden in the living room while the other one has tried to eat every bouquet I’ve brought into the house. For that reason, I never get flowers from hubby anymore 🙁 It’s a waste, they would just end up in the office where the cat can’t get them.