When I received the information in a newsletter about hormone cream poisoning cats, I thought I’d learn about cats actually biting into a tube of estrogen or progesterone cream. As it turns out, this isn’t the case. The cats are physically rubbing up against their owners and causing a transference from the inner arm (where the hormone cream is usually applied) onto the cat.
Some cats even lick the arm and are exposed to the cream that way. Women need to remember to wash their hands after applying hormone cream, as some may remain on their hands and be transferred to their cat.
Please note that hormone cream poisoning is equally dangerous to other pets that come in contact with it. It is also a danger to children. How many grandmother’s out there rock their grandchildren to sleep? Ladies, are you cradling your loved ones and accidentally exposing them to these hormones?
Please keep an eye out for the symptoms of hormone poisoning. Even the bio-identical’s can cause problems when transferred to an animal or a child.
Symptoms of hormonal poisoning in female cats mimic heat. Engorged genitals, bloody discharge and behavioral issues. Many cat owners have taken their spayed cats back to the veterinarian and at first everyone was stumped. A few cats underwent additional needless surgery by uninformed veterinarians to ensure the spaying was done properly.
Many male cats were seen with engorged breasts and hair loss.
Cats can recover from the initial symptoms, but the long term effects are unknown. Problems may include aplastic anemia, mammary tumors and a higher percentage of developing breast cancer.
A few ways to keep the cream away from pets and children include:
- Wash hands after using cream;
- Cover the area with a bandage;
- Apply cream to inner thighs or stomach away from where children and pets may rub against it.
Please pass this article along to those you know who are on hormone replacement cream. Especially if they have pets, young children or grandchildren.
Also do all you can to make pediatricians and veterinarians aware of this. They are the first in line to see these poisonings and many have been baffled. Informing the medical profession that this problem exists may save an animal or child many expensive tests. Not to mention precious time in a diagnosis.
Listed below are a few references for additional study. You can also find much more information by going to your search engine and entering “hormone cream poisoning cats.”
Please do all you can to spread the word on this. Let’s keep our pets and kids safe.