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Cleaning agents can be life-threatening for cats


Some cleaning agents are not only dangerous for children, but also for cats. Always keep detergents so that your curious cat cannot reach them. Also, be careful when cleaning your home that your house tiger does not accidentally come into contact with the chemicals. Image: Shutterstock / Janinajaak

In addition to cables, bottom-hung windows and unsecured balconies, household dangers also include cleaning agents. Sometimes it is enough for your cat to sniff a bottle of detergent so that it is damaged.

Detect cleaning agents dangerous for cats

According to various advertising promises, modern cleaning agents remove dirt almost by themselves, but they often contain substances that can be irritating or corrosive. You can recognize these dangerous household helpers by the striking orange warnings on the back. Most of the time there is also a note on the packaging "Keep locked up and out of the reach of children".

Avoid toxic cleaning agents if possible

In a cat household, you should ideally avoid these cleaning agents - or use them in such a way that your velvet paw is not damaged. Because even small amounts can be toxic to the animal. For example, if it pats through spilled washing powder and then licks its paws.

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How to protect your cat from poisoning

You should therefore keep harsh cleaning agents in lockable cupboards: there are often residues of the agent on the packaging, which can get to the mucous membranes through inquisitive sniffing or licking. Your room tiger should not be nearby when cleaning. Make sure that he is in another room so that he cannot inhale toxic fumes. Then you should wipe the treated surfaces thoroughly with water and let them dry. This way your cat lives safely.

What to do if your cat has taken cleaning products?

If, despite all safety precautions, your cat gets poisoned with a dangerous cleaning agent, take it to the vet immediately. Take the detergent packaging with you so that the vet can take the right measures and administer a suitable antidote.

Poisoning usually manifests itself through the following symptoms:

● vomiting
● diarrhea
● Increased salivation
● tremor
● cramps
● drowsiness
● Uncertainty when walking
● symptoms of paralysis
● restlessness
● narrowed or dilated pupils

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Beware of fragrances and essential oils

Essential oils and fragrances are not cleaning agents, but can also be dangerous for your cat. Occasionally, essential oils are recommended as home remedies so that it smells good in the home, parasites stay away from your cat, or to stop your cat from gnawing furniture. Even if the supposed home remedies sound harmless because they do not harm people and sometimes dogs, you should never use them without consulting your veterinarian. Fragrance lamps, incense sticks and the like should be kept out of the reach of cats or ideally not used at all.

These fragrance oils are particularly dangerous:

● Tea tree oil
● Thyme oil
● Oregano oil
● cinnamon oil

Citrus scents are not toxic to your cat, but they are very unpleasant. If, for example, you have cleaned your litter box with a citrus-scented cleaning agent or wiped it next to your food bowl, it may be that she is avoiding the litter box and no longer likes to eat in the usual place.


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