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Baby Wipes Safe?

post #1 of 9
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I have a 10 Week old kitten- he came out of the litter box with a mess on his paws today. I just grabbed some baby wipes and wiped his paws. When I noticed he was licking his paws I went to check the materials in the wipes. Water was first- then aloe... should I watch for poisonings??

Thanks for you help!!
post #2 of 9
I have kitten shampoo with aloe in it so I would say you should be okay. If you wash them in it, it is absorbed into their skin so I wouldn't think it would harm him.
post #3 of 9
They have tons of chemicals in them, in addition to the aloe. Maybe someone more knowlegable about chemistry could tell you which ones may be harmful if ingested. I'll guess it's O.K. but I wouldn't use them again.

You sound like a very careful person, who takes very good care of her kitties!

"Water is the main ingredient and serves as a carrier and diluent for the other ingredients. Baby wipes also contain mild detergents mixed with moisturizing agents, fragrance, and preservatives. The detergents most commonly used are known as amphoteric surfactants, similar to those found in baby shampoos. Sodium diamphoacetate and coco phosphatidyl PG-dimonium chloride are primary surfactants used in wipes. These chemicals don't strip the skin of natural oils and also decrease skin irritation potential. Mildness is a prime consideration given that the wipe solution may be in contact with delicate skin around the anus and genitals.

Humectants such as propylene glycol and glycerine are added to prevent premature drying of the solution and contribute to skin moisturization. In addition, some formulas incorporate oils such as mineral oil, lanolin, or silicones that help to soften skin. Thickeners, such as cellulose derivatives like hydroxymethyl cellulose, control the viscosity of the finished product and keep it the right consistency.

Other ingredients include preservatives, such as methyl and propyl paraben, to ensure the solution does not support microbial growth. Fragrance is usually added to increase consumer appeal and to help over-come body odors, but fragrance-free products are also offered. Featured ingredients may also be added to increase consumer appeal. These include natural ingredients that are known to be kind to the skin such as aloe vera or oatmeal extract."
post #4 of 9
There are things like any of these that are safe for animals. If none are available, just use a paper towel with water on it (for future reference).
post #5 of 9
Should be ok, I prefer a little soap and water but in a pinch it would be safe. You might want to take and rewash with soap and water and rinse well
post #6 of 9
Pet wipes are the same as unscented baby wipes - baby wipes are much cheaper too.
post #7 of 9
I use baby wipes on Bijou occasionally if he has been less than fastidious.
post #8 of 9
We keep unscented baby wipes on hand. Just in case someone gets the runs. But I only use it on the cats bum. Not all over.

I always buy the super-sensitive-unscented-ok-for-newborns type. It always seems like the logo/product name changes each time I have to buy some.
post #9 of 9
It sounds as if he'll be fine. We worry about our little angels, though, don't we?
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