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Can Wallflowers Make Cats Sick

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Elaine Sutton
• Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Every pet parent knows that odor control can be the toughest part of living with animals. Plug-in diffusers, sprays, purifiers and wax are the most common and Bath and the Body Works Wallflowers (see selection on Amazon.com) is one of the most popular.

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The Bath and Body Works Wallflowers are not completely safe for pets due to the toxins used in them. There are many reports by pet owners saying that their cats repeatedly threw up while using the Bath and Body Works Wallflowers.

Also, cats tend to have an increase in feline asthma as a result of living in a household where air fresheners or incense is used and even just from the smell of cleaning products. Ingesting it can be more dangerous than simply breathing it, causing adverse effects in the gastrointestinal system.

Coughing and sneezing Nasal and eye discharge Vomiting or diarrhea Itching Change in appetite or mood If you suspect your pet is reacting adversely to any air freshener product, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

Variety of compounds have been used over the past two millennia for their abilities to create pleasant aromas or eliminate unpleasant odors. The function of the first modern air freshener was based on a military technology for dispensing insecticides and adapted into a pressurized spray using a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellant.

It has been shown to cause tissue damage and cancer in the lungs of rodents in laboratory studies. Although it makes them an excellent scent dispersal agent, unfortunately, they too have been linked to an increased risk of asthma.

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Below are some options to turn to in keeping your home fragrant and at the same time safe for your furry pets. Aside from that, they are also known to increase mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory and reduce stress and fatigue.

So, I’ve done some research and covered everything you need to know in this article about air fresheners and the possible health risks for cats : But as I will explain in more detail throughout this article, there are too many harmful chemicals in them to risk continuing to use them around pets.

It’s tempting to use air fresheners to keep our homes smelling fresh to mask those pet odors, isn’t it? But, the bad news is that air fresheners are likely to do more harm than good to our pet’s sensitive range of senses.

Also, while we’re on the topic I discovered a lot of air fresheners are potentially toxic to use too! I’ve always heard speculation about this, but it wasn’t until I really delved into some research that I realized there are some potential risks.

The issue with air fresheners and this applies to all brands and types, is that they contain loads of synthetic and toxic ingredients. The worst of which, and these are particularly harmful to pets (cats) are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

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It’s hard to say that they are toxic, seeing as their air fresheners are allowed to be sold and do go through government regulations and testing. Also, as this article explains, they have sold products with harmful ingredients before that they were forced to stop using.

If your pet manages to come into contact with the fluid, or worse still lick it, this can be potentially very serious. The good news is that there are a few solutions that don’t involve man-made sprays and deodorizers packed with harmful chemicals.

Although you might find that your cat is disinterested in eating them, there is always a risk that they may come into contact with the flower's pollen by rubbing up against it and absentmindedly licking their fur. All parts of the lily plant are toxic to cats if ingested, and consuming small amounts can result in severe poisoning.

If you're concerned, the best way to prevent your cat from being poisoned is simply to not have lilies plants in your home or garden. However, sometimes young, inquisitive or bored cats may nibble on a plant that makes them sick.

They can also unintentionally ingest poisonous pollen or plant matter when grooming themselves. If you suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, contact your vet immediately.

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Whether you're choosing beautiful blooms for a bouquet or wondering what indoor plants to get, you'll need to be wary of the flowers that are hazardous to your cat. Common blooms like lilies, poppies and marigolds can be harmful as well as seasonal plants like mistletoe and poinsettia.

Ferns Holly (also see Alex) Hypotheses phyllostachya Hyacinths Ivy (also see Federal) Kamnche Mistletoe (also see Viscus) Cerium oleander (also see Cerium oleander) Ornithogalum Seneca Star of Bethlehem (also see Ornithogalum) Umbellatum Umbrella Plant (also see Scheduler) Zebra Plant (also see Alexandra) If your cat spends a lot of its time outside, it may brush against plants and lick the pollen off without even thinking.

For more information on outdoor plants that may be dangerous, take a look at our visual guide or comprehensive list below. Some can even help enhance your outdoor environment, encouraging your cat to stay in your garden.

Even a sample of vomit may help diagnosis, particularly if it is an unusual color or contains plant matter. If you plan to use any of the items listed below, please be aware of the potential problems of doing so and take the necessary precautions so that they don't wind up sickening or injuring your pets.

Skin or eye burns Stomach or intestinal ulcers Breathing or neurologic problems And more Even better, you can use flameless candles, which will also eliminate the candle smoke that can irritate a cat or dog's respiratory system, leading to worsening of any existing asthma, bronchitis, tracheal (windpipe) problems, or other conditions of their respiratory system.

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Avoid those made from (or with) paraffin, as that can release more potential impurities and irritants that can bother both your and your pet's respiratory system. And, speaking of impurities and respiratory irritants, make sure you're only burning these candles in rooms and areas with good ventilation.

Though they may help your home smell good, room sprays and deodorizers can also trigger an asthma or coughing attack in certain pets. Asthma in cats (“feline allergic bronchitis”) can cause coughing spasms due the respiratory irritating effect of these sprays when breathed in.

Though it's a popular way to add a pleasant scent and feeling of zen to many homes, incense combines many of the worst qualities when it comes to harm for cats. Cat scan be extremely sensitive to smoke, which is a major factor in worsening, and perhaps even causing, cat asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Making matters worse, the aromatic plant materials and essential oils used to create the scent in incense can also lead to all the other problems mentioned above. If that's too subtle, I'm of course talking about the sometimes incomprehensible poop and pee smells festering in your cat's litter boxes.

So I highly recommend checking out these 7 Ways to Reduce Litter Box Smell (and Messes).” Once you've reduced the nasty kitty smells, there are several cat-safer methods to add other pleasant aromas to your home.

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Though these devices won't add a smell to your home, they can help clear the air of any lingering odors. If you'd like to create your own aromas, one common trick is to put on a pot of simmering water and add ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, or mint tea.

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