My cat smokes a pack a day!

@thezone (9451)
Ireland
February 15, 2009 6:38pm CST
I smoke, I am a smoker and enjoy it, but do my cats or even my dogs enjoy it? As a smoker these days, you have to be responsible. I wouldn’t smoke near other people who do not smoke. So is it ok to smoke in the presence of your beloved pets ? Surely the second hand smoke is as bad for their little lungs as it is ours. I have smoked when they were still kittens and puppies, but it would never even enter my head to smoke near a newborn baby. So are we doing our pets so much damage in their early life and shortening their lifespan by smoking. Will I feel guilty if one of my pets get lung cancer? So should we expose our cute furry friends to such a dangerous habit?
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16 responses
• United States
17 Feb 09
My parents smoke around my dogs, the older dog seems to enjoy it and goes out with them (they smoke in a shed so it doesn't take over the house) ... I have long said he's addicted to nicotine! The puppy doesn't like it, though, he sneezes and paws at the door. My guess is, if it's bad for people's lungs, it's probably bad for everyone :(
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
Hi corty. That is another side of things, maybe the pets enjoy smoking as much as I do. But I will play it on the safe side and not submit them to my habit. You definatley have me thinking, maybe my pets are just craving the smoke
• United States
17 Feb 09
My poor dog will need a nicotine patch if my mom ever quits, LOL!
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
Nicotine patches for pets, now that is one hell of a business idea. I would say that a lot of our pets are addicted just like we are.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I have never thought about that either, but I am sure it would affect them as much as it affects us and also the plants and trees outside.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
Oh please don't say that. I don't want to be worrying about about my my indoor plants as well
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Oh, you should start worrying! Not just about your pets or your plants but especially about your own health!!! Stop smoking!
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
Yes I agree. I have tried so many times to quit and failed. Hopefully next time I try to quit I will be successful.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
19 Feb 09
i gues animal has the same life like human thats why they have thier own doctor.so they get also cancer.by the way unique topic.did not know that theres animal smoking
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
19 Feb 09
It's true my animals have been smoking as long as I have. I just wish I had the will power to quit. So it's up to me, when I quit my animals quit with me.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
20 Feb 09
huh?why did you come up that idea that animal smokes?is that fun or what?
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Apr 09
My cats do not smoke but they are around me when I smoke so it is bad for them. They are in fact passive smoking. I have recently quit so all is good, so far
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I know I shouldn't laugh at this but I did... and alot, and I still am giggling as I am trying to uhm type my response out. I guess it's because over the last few weeks I've come to know your personality which is witty and funny, and that's why I am giggling so much, but anyways, on to your question.. I really don't know the answer, but i would assume it would effect them as it would any body else. I am a smoker as well, and really never gave it much though til now.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
Thanks. I do seem to be having a lot of fun here on myLot. I do think it is something not many smokers have given much thought too either, myself included. I am now a bit worried that my cat might try to steal my smokes.
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@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
20 Feb 09
lol.. you might wanna put a lock on your smokes, lol... We had a dog when I was growing up that would chew up my dad's. If he left them on the end table when he went to bed, the dang dog would eat them threw the night, talk about being irked the next morning, when he didn't have his morning smoke.
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Apr 09
Well good news I don't need a lock on my smokes anyore because I have quit. I just wonder how long it will last this time
• India
22 May 09
well surely i think you mean your pets are victim of passive smoking and as they pets grow fast they cancer or he growth rate can be highly effected by nicotine if not kill them in a short span. Please try to quit or not to smoke in areas where your pets are around or better still use this as the motivation to quit smoking god bless you
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
22 May 09
Hi vickyhill, That is exactly what I was talking about, my pets were victims of passive smoking and it was something I never really thought about before. You will be glad to know that I have recently quit and have been my pets and I have been smoke free for about three weeks. Thanks for your support
@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
you have a good point.. hmm...
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Apr 09
Yes who knows what damage we are doing to are little furry friends by smoking. Well not more I say as I am now an ex smoker
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I am sure that it has the same affect on pets that it does to us. Not to mention their systems are not as complex as ours so it might affect them even more than it does us, but I bet no one has actually done any research to see if dogs and cats are affected by cig. smoke, although I really don't see how would not affect them.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
Yes the dangers of smoking and passive smoking in humans has been widley reported and we are all well aware of the dangers. So I do agree with you it must have some effect on our little pets health.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
16 Feb 09
yea I think you should consider the possibility of you getting cancer too so I would suggest you quit smoking then you and cats will be happy^_^
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
Yes I know smoking can cause cancer, but it is a very hard habit to quit. I just don't like the thought of my cats or dogs life cut short, due to my bad habits.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I am not a smoker, so first off I want to say thank you for being considerate of others who do not smoke. As for pets, I think that it probably does hurt them. Dogs have a keener sense of smell so it might hurt them even more, which makes me worry about my dogs. My grandfather smokes in the garage and they frequently go out there and sit with him.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
Yes I am very aware that smoking is very anti social these day and I always respect others who do not smoke. I am glad that I have brought this issue up, smokers may be hurting their pets without even realising it.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Yes smoking near your pets is as bad as smoking around your children. When I was smoking we didn't know about second hand smoke and never gave it a thought, but now we know better.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
Yes I would have to agree with what you have said. I for one, am going to try and be more carefull with my smoking habits around my pets.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Im a smoker, so i guess that my two dogs, and one cat is too. I never thought about it affecting them before, When i had my first few children i smoked with them from the time i came home from the hospital, but back then the dangers of it was not known, like it is now.
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
Yes the dangers were not as well known or publishised they way they are now. Even knowing the dangers, I still find it a hard habit to quit.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
i dont smoke and i am glad to hear from you that you dont smoke around people who dont smoke. very responsible. but i think your pets needs their rights too. if only they can scream at you har har har. OR they are smokers like you too. i really dont know but i think it is not healthy for their lungs as well. why not try and ask their vetenarian.
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
I am very mindful smoking around others who do not smoke and now I will be more careful smoking around my pets. I think I will ask the vet next time I visit.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
1 Jan 10
Cool discussion, thezone. I've always looked upon animals being like humans too. Passive smoking in a home environment, especially. Same for me, especially if I see someone smoking near a newborn baby, I'll tell the person off. I think animals should not be exposed to too much smoke. After all, they can't tell us if they are irritated with all the smoke, lol..
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
3 Jan 10
Hi Zed, Yep I was the same about smoking around kids and other people and then one night my cat was being very vocal, it made me think about smoking around them. Passive smoking can lead to all sorts of problems. I guess the best thing I have done in 2009 is quitting smoking
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
3 Jan 10
Awesome...Quitting smoking is really hard. Glad you could do that...
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
4 Jan 10
Thanks Zed
• Spain
24 Jan 10
I believe you should smoke somewhere where there is no PETS around, I would feel soooo terrible if something happened to my pets because of my nasty habit
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
26 Jan 10
Hi beatrizguiselle, I totally agree with you. Passive smoking in pets is just as bad or even worse than with people. Luckily I have quit smoking since last year and now everyone is safe from the smoke
@bunnybon7 (37417)
• Holiday, Florida
21 Oct 09
you know i was smoking around my little dog for a while and i felt guilty about it but not enough to quit smoking inside till i moved in with son and promised him not to smoke inside. before that my daughter had said i was probably making coco have bad lungs
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
22 Oct 09
Yes we all know smoking is bad for us and I did eventually quit but it was very hard. I loved to smoke and enjoyed it but one day I just came to my senses. I never really thought about passive smoking with our pets before this discussion. I always was very mindful about smoking around non smokers, then it came to me, my pets are non smokers
@bunnybon7 (37417)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 09
i smoke outside these days. i used to smoke inside when it was just me in my own house and my daughter used to say my dog was killing me with all her shedding i was breathing in and i was killing her with the smoke also, years ago i used to dog sit for a dog for a while that barked at anyone that lit up around him he scared me so i would wait till he wasnt around me. lol
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
23 May 09
It is always wise to smoke outside and not subject others to the smoke. I think that dog was trying to tell you something just like my cat did. Smoke can not be good for their little lungs.