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  1. I don’t know much about furniture. Would the effects of the fire retardant wear off after a time and second hand furniture be safer for cats?
    We never buy new furniture because it’s too expensive, so we watch out for a good second hand clean suite and thoroughly clean it ourselves and always put some sort of throw for our cats to sit/lie on.
    But we did have new carpeting in the living room a couple of years ago and I worry that’s what started Jozef’s allergy, although that was 6 months later.
    Thankfully he’s down to a very low dose of steroid now and will be weaned off altogether soon we hope.
    So many worrying things in this modern world now and we call it progress but it seems animals often suffer because of that.

    • Would the effects of the fire retardant wear off after a time and second hand furniture be safer for cats?

      Possibly yes but fire retardants have been around for a long time and I don’t know if the chemicals dissipate. They may even be worse in old furniture.

      The more I read about household products and furnishings the more I realise the potential hazards to cats. The manufacturers don’t factor in cats when they make their products.

  2. I’m, personally, going in a whole new direction with furnishings.

    I don’t care that there is no documentation about whether chemicals injected into furniture are harmful to animals. Chemicals are chemicals. Anything that isn’t a part of the make up of living things is poison.

    I’m refurnishing my livingroom with very good indoor/outdoor furniture. I’m not completely done deciding; but, I want non-toxic, easy maintenance, and pleasant stuff. I’m done with bacteria harboring carpets and fabrics.

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