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Kaffir lily

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses

Level of toxicity: Dependent on the amount ingested

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypotension
  • Tremors
  • Cardiac rhythm abnormalities
  • Seizures

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The Kaffir lily is a beautiful, large plant with succulent green leaves and beautiful bunched flowers (which are most commonly orange in color). The Kaffir lily is not a “true” lily – in other words, it is not part of the lily family (Lilium or Hemerocallis) that is known for causing kidney failure in cats. Depending on how much ingested, however, the Kaffir lily can potentially be as dangerous (if large amounts – particularly the bulb – are ingested). This plant contains alkaloids and lycorine, and ingestion can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (a low blood pressure), tremors, seziures, and potentially cardiac rhythm abnormalities. Thankfully, acute kidney failure is not typically seen with this type of lily.

Poison type: Plants

Alternate names: Clivia lily, Clivia, lily, Clivia minata