Toxic-free cleaners will keep your curious cat safe

  • Money

    Money

  • Kensi

    Kensi

 
By Mary Hayashi
The Buddy Beat
Posted7/22/2012 6:26 AM

Do you consider your feline's good health when choosing household cleaning products? Perhaps you should.

Many cleaning products contain toxins and chemicals. Your cat can ingest a toxin through its respiratory system or by grooming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Think of the multitude of surfaces your cat's feet touch within your home. If you have a normal curious feline, that means just about everywhere. Just think of the areas your cat eats, sleeps and plays. Unless you close off a room, that is probably every room in the house, including the bedroom.

Exposure to chemicals over time can cause health problems such as allergies, metabolic disorders, and cancers -- that is if your pet does not have an immediate toxic reaction.

Let's face it. Our felines love to be clean and are always grooming. They also like to find the cleanest place in the home. Perhaps you just cleaned the kitchen floor and in walks the cat before the floor is dry. Now your pet is acquiring the cleaning product on its paws. Next, the paws go in the mouth and on the fur. A potential for disaster or, at minimum, a trip to the veterinarian.

Look for "green" cleaning products that have all natural ingredients and are enzyme-based. Most pet supply stores and health stores carry animal-safe cleaners. The outcry for environmentally-safe cleaners has been so great even big box stores carry a limited amount.

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You can make your own window and floor cleaner using distilled white vinegar and water. A safe window cleaner is important because where are our feline friends always sitting? Yes, it is with their noses pressed up to the window you just cleaned for their pleasure.

I would like to share with you a few of the animal-friendly products I have tried with good results. The old standby is Simple Green. This product can even be found at most hardware stores.

Mrs. Meyer's has a range of natural cleaners and freshening sprays. My favorite is Clean Day Freshening Spray that is aromatherapeutic with calming oils. A little spray freshens their bedding instantly.

Clorox anywhere and natural Green Works by Clorox have a nice clean scent and are safe. Perfect Planet hardwood and laminate cleaner from Weiman also has a clean scent and cleans evenly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

For cleaning carpet and upholstery, Arm and Hammer Pet Hair Vac-away actually does what it clams to do. Spraying before vacuuming allows you to pick up more hair and the clean smell lasts for hours after you vacuum.

Oreck Vacuum Shops also offer a pet deodorizer that assists in the vacuuming process. Their deodorizer vacuums up much more efficiently than Arm and Hammer, but is a bit more costly. The aroma is clean and fresh and, for me, worth the extra cost.

Another handy product to have when you have animals is Oreck's dry mist spray. It clears the air of any unwanted scent in a second.

Toxic-free cleaning products will save you money over the long haul. You will enjoy pet company more because your pet will have continued good health. As such, you will spend less money on veterinary bills by keeping toxins out of your home.

Adoptables

Money is a blue with white tabby mix that is 4 years old. His owner moved into a petless apartment complex and left him behind in a closed sweltering garage without food or water.

It is almost a miracle that he survived the high temperatures without ventilation. The only food provided was brought in by a relative once a day, and the food was not cat food but lunch meat. Money gets along with other felines and loves all the attention we can lavish on him. He sure does not miss his previous owner.

Kensi is a black longhair feline. In the feline world, the length of the tail hair dictates the categorization of fur length. This black boy has an elegant plume for a tail, but the hair on the rest of his body is significantly shorter. You be the judge if you think he is slightly long in fur or short.

This guy was found in a lumber yard almost starving to death. After he was beefed up in foster care, he still only weighs 5 pounds. Kensi is a true lap cat that needs his forever home. Kensi is 8 years old so he will always remain tiny.

Building Needs

We still need cat and kitten food and clumping litter. If the idea of shopping for these heavy items is not appealing, you could provide us with a gift card so we can go purchase them. Please help, we have many mouths to feed.

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