Years ago I wrote about fire retardants in furniture which could affect the thyroid gland of the domestic cat. Please click on FIRE RETARDANTS.
Then I wrote about a range of chemical impregnated into carpets. I had no idea at the time that carpets were so riddled with nasty, dangerous chemicals. Please click on CARPETS.
Today, I read of another nasty chemical embedded in household items such as upholstery and carpets. Yes, this is another chemical in carpets. I swear all homes with cats should have hard floors! They harbour fleas too, don’t forget.
The webbed.com website tells us that the chemicals: per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) might harm a cat’s thyroid gland. Once again it’s the thyroid gland which is affected. Researches can’t be positive about a link but their research showed an association between these chemicals and an endocrine disorder.
Toxic chemicals in the home impregnated into household furnishings may be behind a rise on hyperthyroidism in domestic cats (over active thyroid). This is a very common endocrine (hormone) disorder in felines.
PFASs were in common use until 2000 in the USA. The chemical repeals oil and water. This chemical leaches out of these items and is ingested in food, water, dust and air.
Fortunately these products are being phased out. It is a feline danger that needs to be flagged. The more research I do into household hazards the more shocked I am at the sheer amount of possible chemical dangers contained within them.
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