HomeCat HealthUSA: Low-level Exposure to Lead and Feline Kidney Disease


USA: Low-level Exposure to Lead and Feline Kidney Disease — 11 Comments

  1. I think you could be right! Along with all the chemicals around nowadays no wonder so many cats get ill.
    As always it’s firms making money that comes first for them, not the health of animals.

  2. These are excellent questions. I would love to know the answers. Both for my cats and for me. I don’t want to consume lead either. I will hazard a guess that here in Switerland they probably have pretty strict rules on this sort of thing. But in fact I really don’t know.

    And what’s concerning too is that there are new materials and practices appearing each day – which haven’t yet been tested or controlled. As for the photo up top – that little purse is not something I would have ever considered to be dangerous – just goes to show how much I have to learn!

    • The manufacturers use some sort of coating that contains lead to enhance the bright colors. Lead is still used in many products despite regulations that restrict its use. There would seem be a variation in legislation from country to country and in the USA perhaps state to state as to its use.

  3. It would be interesting to know how many years back chronic kidney disease was a factor in cats. Lead house paint was outlawed around 1978 according to wiki

    They talk about levels in children. I think you may be on to something Michael. It caused me to look around the house, but honestly, even in Mexico where they used to use very bright lead based paint both on houses and in pottery, have raised awareness. But the lingering effects over decades would be hard to measure. Though, at any drug store, you can buy a little stick that measures lead on a surface. I’ve never done it, but it would be an interesting study just around the house.

    I still think cat food is a major factor, but lead poisoning sounds plausible.

    • Thanks DW. I think it is something that needs looking into. As usual there is a lack of interest. I also think that environmental issues in the home need to be looked at. There are lots of cleaning chemicals in homes. How do these affect a cat who is probably ingesting them from his coat?

      No doubt that dry cat food play a role.

      • I think dry cat food is a major offender. Do manufactors think that cats care about red, green, yellow bits?
        They’re adding poison to that kind of food, and the public has no idea.

        • I agree that dry cat food is major contributor to CKD. I just believe that these undiscussed rather hidden health hazards need to be aired. We need to tick the boxes and reassure ourselves that there are no problems with lead in fashion products.

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