The Society of American Florists loves lilies and cats, but the two don’t mix. As you may know (and your customers may not), several types of lilies can cause renal failure or death in cats if ingested.
When customers request lilies, ask if the recipient has a cat. If they do, explain the risks and suggest an alternative, such as roses, alstroemeria, or orchids. Want to post a general announcement on your website or in-store signage? SAF has some suggested verbiage.
Attention Cat Lovers: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 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. Lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.
Jenny Scala is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Society of American Florists