Air Fresheners: Trouble For Curious Cats

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
April 10, 2007 2:03pm CST
I get a newsletter every week from CatAge.com, and I just wanted to share this info with all of you cat lovers so that we can all try to keep our babies a little safer. Cats love to leap tall counters in a single bound, snoop into things that are none of their business, and strut like runway models. But those traits can spell trouble in homes scented with liquid potpourri. If your pet manages to get a taste of the liquid, the hot oils, detergents, and other ingredients can damage nerves, burn his tongue, and create painful lesions in his mouth and gastrointestinal tract. For a sweet-smelling house and a healthy kitty, stick with air-freshening sprays.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
10 Apr 07
I use Plug in Airfreshners and scented Candles and have done for a long Time so my Cats where safe lol Now I have the Potpouri but there is only Gissi and me and he can't get where it is lol Thank you for this Kat and I know the Kids don't use Potpouri either so the Cats are safe there
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Good for them. And thankfully, Gissi's legs are too short for him to get into too much trouble (at least not at counter height anyway...LOL)
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 07
Lol I am so glad that you rephrased that bit on Gissi lol as he gets into plenty lololol
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Thank you for posting that. I don't use liquid potpourri, and now I will make sure that if I ever use some in the future to put it so that it is out of my cats' reach.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I used to use that, and I sometimes use incense sticks too. But I have to put them way up high, since one of my kitties got too curious and almost burned the tip of her nose.
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10 Apr 07
Yes, my girl managed to swing her tail into a scented candle recently. She didn't even notice until I leapt on her after smelling singed fur. She was fine but I was so panicked. Everything is well out of range of them now.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Oh your poor baby. Good thing her mommy watches out for her. I'm glad she is doing ok. My things are put up too...my babies are too curious for their own good sometimes. LOL
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
11 Apr 07
My cats are not allowed on the tables, counters, entertainment center. Besides, I use candles and since they know not to jump up on anything, they won't get into them or knock them over. I don't use liquid potpourri but I used to. I prefer the soy candles cause the scent is more intense and great for when I need to freshen the house in a short amount of time.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I'm glad your babies are so well taken care of and trained. Good for you. I like the soy candles too, especially the orange cream. Thanks hon.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
Ahhh I never really thought of the liquid plug-ins. I guess I never thought about it since my two cats which are both "babies" (7mths and a year) have never bothered them. But it's good to keep in mind. And once we got the cats I always make sure the candles are always out of their immediate reach and that I'm in the room or immediate area of the candle. Usually I leave one on the stove top in the kitchen as I know they will not get up there. I will sometimes leave one on the end table or coffee table in the living room but only if I'm going to be right there. And speaking of detergents...one of my mom's friends had a cat that ingested a good amount of laundry detergent. The cat was in the basement and knocked the bottle over without her knowing about it and it leaked out on the floor. She noticed only a day or so later. She figured out what had happened and took the cat to the vet. They gave kitty some meds and kitty was okay. But still, how scary! We also have to remember, maybe kitty doesn't get near these type of things while we are around but we have to realize we can't control what they do while we are out!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Yes....kitties love to get into mischief don't they? I'm glad your mom's friend's kitty is ok. How scary.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
That's for the BR! I really appreciate that a lot. Kitties are definitely into mischief. They are too cuious for their own good, I swear. But I couldn't go without at least one of them now. =)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Apr 07
You're welcome hon. And yes, I would be lost without a kitty or two in my house as well. ; )