Triclosan is harmful to cats although it is used in products for human use (2023)

As an ingredient in household products for human use it is unsafe to have if you have pets particularly cats

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent present in some consumer products such as: toothpaste, soap, detergent, toys, and surgical cleaning treatments. It is used in products for humans. This article was first published in 2012. It has been checked and updated. The information remains relevant more than 10 years later. But Triclosan is …

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Infographic on 5 dangerous things in the home for cats

This is a visual reminder that the warm, secure home that domestic cats so often enjoy can be a hazardous place. As dangerous as outside the home in some instances. It depends on the quality of caregiving. Things like the human medication in the form of a pill on the bathroom floor can be …

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2 alternatives to plastic litter trays (thinking of health and environment)

2 alternatives to plastic litter trays

This is a quick note about the possibility of bacteria and other pathogens being harboured in plastic litter trays. Quite a lot is spoken about bacteria being harboured in plastic feeding bowls. The recommendation for feeding bowls is to buy ceramic or metal to deal with this potential problem. And it occurred to me, …

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5 reasons why Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter is potentially dangerous to cats and caregivers


On May 31, 2014, I wrote an article entitled “Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter: Reports It Is Dangerous“. Over about eight years that page has consistently done well in terms of visits. I think it kicked off a big Internet discussion about the product which has encouraged me to revisit it. I wrote several other …

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Britons turn to log burning to cut bills but how safe is this for domestic cats?

Cat in front of a wood burning stove

The hot off the press news today is that Britons are turning to log burning stoves to heat their homes as a way to get around the high cost of energy due to Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. We are told that tradespeople installing clean logs stoves are working flat out to meet …

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15 facts about ‘forever chemicals’ in dry pet food bags

Meow Mix bag contains PFAS

Here are 15 facts about ‘forever chemicals’ in pet food bags. The analysis comes from America by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ( ‘Forever chemicals are known as PFAS (pronounced ‘peefas’). PFAS stands for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances if that helps you! They are ‘synthetic organofluorine chemical compounds that have multiple fluorine atoms attached to …

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