30 Mar 2015

Kitty Concerns…with Lilies!

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Did you know that several varieties of lilies can cause renal (kidney) failure or even death in cats if eaten? A study from Utah State University revealed a toxic connection between cats and the following lilies: the Easter lily, tiger lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and daylilies.

When you get an order for any of these lilies, inquire if the recipient has a cat.  If they do, explain the risks and offer an alternative.  Also, be proactive with this information on your website and in your marketing.  To make your life even easier, the Society of American Florists (SAF) has provided the following verbiage:

“The National Animal Poison Control Center says certain types of lilies can cause renal failure in cats that have ingested any part of the lily. (Your shop name) recommends keeping lilies out of the reach of cats. It is important to note that lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.”

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Tina is the co-owner of Rojahn & Malaney Company, a family-run wholesale floral business in Milwaukee, WI. Tina served on the Wholesalers Council and Board of Directors of the national floral association, the Society of American Florists (SAF). Tina is a "Badger" and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in Business.