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USA: Household Products Containing Ethylene Glycol (a cat killer) — 5 Comments

  1. Wow, a very detailed list. I think a lot of it should be out of reach of any creature to begin with. You’d think the smell would be off-putting to cats on many of these. Still an ounce of prevention… Awesome post Michael.

    • Thanks Dan. A full list is useful because I didn’t realise that so many household products contained such a potent cat poison. I hope that just the size of the list makes people think about it.

  2. Label reading is more than a fulltime job, but it has to be done.
    I’ve had and I have some of these products. There’s no way around it when there is a definite need and no all natural alternatives are available.

    Ethylene Glycol is a widely used toxin but not the only one in products. It’s maddening trying to find the least harmful ones. I feel forced to decide what maladies I would prefer for myself and my cats, ie. kidney shutdown, liver failure, brain damage, asphyxiation, or cancer if exposure happened.

    All we can do is to use extreme caution to protect ourselves and our cats and only use these products when it’s absolutely necessary.

  3. I knew about car care items, herbicides & household repair items. What surprised me were Ink cartridges, shoe polish, furniture finishes, paint, diaper ointment & shaving gel. The first three items are usually not accessible to pets. Paints pose a problem in that some cats like to scratch door frames and corners and could eat the chips that fall. The last two items are usually left out to be easily used on a daily basis–the lid could be left off the ointment or loose, and my husband always leaves dribs and drabs of shaving gel on the side of the can. My children are all grown, so ointment is not a problem, but I will be sure to put away the shaving gel.

    • Me too. I was very surprised at the list and the products. Ethylene glycol is everywhere and it is a real danger to cats. We don’t know how many cats have been hurt by this chemical. It is possible that the increase in feline kidney disease in the US and I believe in Europe is in part due to the presence of this chemical in many household products.

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