Her Neighbour Called Her A Cat Killer After She Continued To Grow Lilies That Were Toxic To Cats – Were Her Actions Inconsiderate?

A woman faced a conundrum that revolved around her love for lilies, her three beloved cats, and her neighbours’ feline friends. Seeking advice, she shared her story, asking if she was in the wrong.

Cherished Sentimental Lilies

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The woman had a deep affection for lilies, a fondness inherited from her mother. These flowers held a sentimental value, and she rarely brought them home except as gifts from her mother.

The Danger Of Lilies To Cats

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The reason for lilies being so rare in her household was that they can be potentially deadly to cats, so the woman faced a conundrum. Her deep sentimental attachment to lilies made her want to have them around the house, but she equally cared about protecting her beloved cats. 

Protecting The Cats

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The woman was committed to ensuring her cats’ safety, having a strict policy of keeping lilies locked in her office, away from her cats. Bringing them into her household only occurred after the lilies had died, been deeply cleaned, and pressed with her mother’s notes.

Lilies In The Garden

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To strike a balance between her love for lilies and her cats’ safety, the woman decided to adorn her garden with lilies. However, she took precautions by choosing lilies that were not significant pollen producers.

Neighborly Warning

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Being a responsible neighbour, the woman informed those living nearby about the lilies in her garden. She gave them a heads-up about the garden construction date, considering that several of her neighbors had cats.

Uninvited Guest

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One evening, the woman heard howling in her backyard. A neighbour’s cat had managed to infiltrate her garden and had a feast on her lilies. She quickly took the cat to the vet for treatment and discovered that the cat belonged to one of her neighbors.

Unpleasant Encounter

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The woman visited the cat’s owner: “It initially started with me asking how the cat was doing (dumb mistake) and escalated into her calling me a cat killer”, the woman wrote. “I ended up exchanging nasty comments about how she should keep her animals on her property.”

The Cat’s Survival

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Thankfully, the cat survived after consuming the lilies. It suffered from kidney failure which can be fatal, and treatment racked up serious vet bills. However, the cat soon returned to health. 

Demand for Payment

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Two weeks later, the woman received a letter from the neighbor, demanding that she cover her vet bill. She explained “My husband wanted to just throw it away, but at this point, I’m so angry. We have a fenced-in private yard, I let the neighbours know in advance, and she didn’t even know where her cat was.

The Dilemma

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The woman found herself in a tough position. She didn’t want to remove the lilies from her garden, as it was the only place she could keep them safely away from her cats. Furthermore, she had warned her neighbors about the lilies, and the cat had entered her fenced-in private yard without her consent.

Seeking Advice

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The lady sought advice on the internet, wanting to maintain harmony with her neighbors while preserving her precious lilies. One commenter wrote, ‘I’d simply respond with: “It is not my responsibility to make sure my property is safe for your pets”.

The Risks Of Outdoor Cats

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Another person replied, defending the woman further: “People – if you’re going to let your cats roam free, be prepared for them to eat poison or become someone else’s dinner. If you don’t want your cats sick or injured, keep them inside. It really is that simple.”

Overattachment To Lilies 

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Despite the majority of readers taking the woman’s side, one commenter did question her overattachment to lilies. “I am truly curious as to how the emotional value of having lilies is more important than the emotional value of making sure that you are not harming cats. Why keep risking it?”

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