The photo below has made the rounds on social media showing how old tires can be made into cat beds for feral cats. The discussion topic for today is whether or not old automobile tires make a safe cat bed for feral cats or should they be avoided.
On the surface, this sounds like a good idea. The cat would stay dry during harsh weather and the project converting an automobile tire into a cat bed looks fairly simple.
A lot of people say using old tires could pose a health risk to the cat. So I Googled it and this was the first thing to pop up.
“According to the EPA, benzene, mercury, styrene–butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and arsenic, among several other chemicals, heavy metals and carcinogens, have been found in tires. Studies have found that crumb rubber can emit gases that can be inhaled.”
On the flip side, an article about rubber being used in playgrounds states the total opposite
“Although tire rubber causing toxicological harm has been disproved many owners will have community groups that are not convinced or are not sure that they are being delivered recycled tire rubber that meets North American tire manufacturing requirements.”
I’ve seen the tire beds for feral cats posted on several feral cat Facebook pages and the reaction tends to remain mixed.
What do the readers think? Great idea or don’t do it? Please give your opinion and add any links you may have found on this topic.
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