Thursday, April 28, 2016

Potential DANGER in NEW cat litter!

 As many of  you already know, I am not a fan of scented cat litter.  Why?  Because it is offensive to
the cat.  The feline sense of smell is 14x stronger than that of a human.  Imagine that!  Now imagine how strong ANY smell in the litter box must be for our cat friends. 
So, I could hardly believe it when I saw that Tidy Cat was adding Febreze to their product line to hide odors (or as an incentive to boost sales).     Febreze, a Proctor and Gamble product, has been sold in the US since 1998.  It can be found in candles, diffusers, mist form as well as aerosol spray -and now our cat litter!


 Veterinary toxicology experts working for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center consider Febreze fabric freshener products to be non-toxic to pets if used per instructions on the label. But this information was published BEFORE the Febreze/Cat Litter product was introduced.  I am concerned that unsuspecting cat owners will now be subjecting their cats to Febreze.  And this product seems to adhere to the cats coat, which could mean bad news for the cat.

 And my experience has shown me that just because a product is NOT TOXIC to  pets, does not mean it is a product that I recommend to USE around  pets.  Any scented product could cause bronchitis in your cat.  But, if you spray Febreze on your couch, your cat has a choice of avoiding the couch.  HOWEVER, if Febreze is in the cat box, you area leaving your cat with NO choice.

Two weeks ago  I saw a patient named Punkin, a little orange girl that is very sweet.  Punkin  suddenly developed a red, inflamed, itchy face and flaming red ear, and the owner was very concerned.    Poor Punkin was very uncomfortable, as you can imagine.  But what I found surprising was how the cat smelled!   Febrezey!!  I asked Punkin's owner to smell her cat.  She agreed, but she told me she does not use Febreze in her house.  Hmm....  But, she did try a new cat litter recently. Hmmm.... Doing some detective work at home, she realized her Tidy Cat was now laced with Febreze.  The smell from the cat litter was so strong, it was sticking to the cats coat.  And Punkin was breathing this in 24/7.  And developing allergic facial itchiness and discomfort.  Within 24 hours of bathing Punkin and removing the offensive Tidy Cat, Punkin was back to normal.

One week later, I examined a senior cat named Elizabeth who was having respiratory symptoms -wheezing, sneezing and coughing.  She had lost her appetite and was mildly dehydrated.  AND she smelled like Febreze! You guessed it,  Elizabeth's owner just bought a new brand of cat litter.  She did not realize that it contained Febreze.   Because Elizabeth was dehydrated, she required medical care to get back on her feet, but happily she is back to normal (and enjoying her new UNSCENTED cat box).

So, watch for this potential danger when you are purchasing cat litter.  In my opinion, unscented cat litter is the only choice for cat litter.  Use regular baking soda at the bottom of the pan if you need odor control.  Scooping daily is the BEST and CHEAPEST odor control.  Cat boxes do not smell if they are clean.  Period. 

Dr. Maureen Flatley
Fox Valley Cat Clinic LLC









11 comments:

  1. Hello Dr. Maureen...I saw this TV ad in Canada just this week & thought this was insane to add to cat litter. Common sense should prevail but I bet a lot of people will rush out to get this scented litter.
    Your blog post was shared on FB & I came from there to read your entire post!! Thank you for sharing this with cat owners. Hopefully this post will educate those who need to know! And prevent many sick cats!
    Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen T-D. aka Nylabluesmum

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  2. Thanks for the info - had no idea. Someone put a link to this on Fresh Step's page. So here's an example of Facebook hurting their business. Excellent - I hate Facebook

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  3. My cat also developed a severe allergy around her face and neck shortly after we started using fresh step with frabreeze scratching her face and neck so much she was bleeding We're $500.00 in vet bills for visits and medication so far my two other cats don't seem to be affected

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  4. This is a great post about cat litter. Thank for share it here. read flushable cat litter reviews

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  5. What about dogs eating Febreze laced cat litter turds? I'm sure it's not supposed to be ingested?

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  9. Are you use litter for your cat..
    BE CAREFUL ABOUT USE LITTER...
    because litter affect on yourself and your pussy cat.. After all your room can be disguise by using litter. For some of reason, you have to leave use litter from today. If you use litter you have to face some matter that cannot to denied.

    1. Over cost for litter.
    2. It is an old system.
    3. Environment pollution.
    4. Bad air pollution.
    5. Cat try to play with it.
    6. It can be cause of some diseases you, your family member and your pussy cat
    7.It use is very boring. bla bla bla.

    For get rid of these problem I know a product that help to get rid of these problem.

    Product name: TOYLETTRAINYOURCAT.
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    Ref: HMAR (FOR 15$ DISCOUNT/LIMITED TIME)

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