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Cats and Febreeze?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know if it's safe to spray Febreeze around cats? It says it is pet safe, but in the cautions it says keep away from pets and children. Does anyone use this around their own cats and how do the cats handle it? Or is there something else someone can recommend????
post #2 of 30
I use it often on my comforter (it's such a pain to wash and is a load in itself) and sometimes on my carpets.... I make sure Oliver's not right where I'm spraying it and would never spray it on him or his beds (I make sure to let the febreeze dry before letting him back on my bed too) and he's never had any reaction whatsoever to it... not even a sneeze... btw, I use the allergin reducer kind
post #3 of 30
I DON'T trust it! I've heard stories before of animals getting very sick and/or dying from it. This was a couple years back, but I still don't trust any chemical. Better safe than sorry I say.
post #4 of 30
I lost an older feral to the stuff some years ago, lost a few rescue birds as well.
This stuff is not allowed in my house.
post #5 of 30
I don't use it. I do use the carpet fresh pet one and it hasn't caused anything with my babies.
post #6 of 30
I use it on ocassion
post #7 of 30
I use it when the kids are outside only...Does anyone really know what that stuff is ??
post #8 of 30
i personally don't like the stuff. i hate the way it smells. but i have to admit i have used it in my car. when we got our car (used) it had a peculiar smell to it, and the automotive febreeze got rid of the smell. but i don't use the stuff in the house at all. i don't really like the fruity/floral smell it has. and it has long since dissipated in the car (thank goodness).
post #9 of 30
I've used the citrus-scented Febreze as a cat deterrent. The intent being that the cats dislike the scent, so they stay away from where it's been sprayed. I haven't had any problems, and I use it so little, but thanks for bringing up the question. There aren't any ingredients listed on the label, which is a little troubling, so I guess I'll have to do some research.
post #10 of 30
The man who cleans my carpet said not to use Fabreeze. He said that it leaves a sticky residue that attracts dirt and could be toxic.
post #11 of 30
O.o The Animal whatsits have declared it pet safe. I don't like it, but that's because my BIL is so ignorant as to spray his dog with it directly. I honestly don't think Jason's family should have pets sometimes.
post #12 of 30
Well isn't that good to know considering I have always used Febreeze thinking it was animal safe. That's how it is marketed. I even spray it all over the floor in the room where Dori's litter box is because that's the office room and my fiance smokes in there as well. It seems that every time I think I am using something safe it turns out to be bad.
post #13 of 30
I lost my beloved Max, almost thirteen years old, due to some kind of exposure to something toxic that damaged his kidneys. I have been so careful over the years, and yet something still happened to him. Believe me, if I had any doubts at all about something harming my cat, I would not use it. I say, it is not worth the risk.
post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks, that's what I was thinking. Anything that says it's pet safe but to keep away from pets and children is not safe for my cats in my book.

Now does anyone know of anything that I can use?
post #15 of 30
I discovered the product I'm using is Renuzit. Close, but not the same. But I went to the P&G website to research Febreze. P&G claims it's safe for use around pets:

http://www.homemadesimple.com/febrez...pet_care.shtml

I also checked out the Manufacturer's Safety Data Sheet, which is the information required to be filed with the government that lists various types of hazards. The ingredients list is: water, alcohol, odor eliminator derived from corn, fragrance. The health hazard rating is 1 = slight. It's noted as a mild eye irritant. The caution statement required on the label is "USE ONLY AS INTENDED. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not spray directly toward face."

Here is the MSDS (pdf): http://www.pg.com/content/pdf/01_abo...re/Febreze.pdf

My conclusion from doing my research is that it's safe so long as cats do not swallow it, breath the mist, or get the mist in their eyes. These are all common-sense precautions. It should make sense that you don't spray it when your cat is around, because the cat doesn't know any better to avoid the mist that hangs in the air momentarily. So long as it's used properly, a cat should suffer no ill effects.

Let's examine why it says "keep out of reach of children." That's simple. A child could easily use it improperly. Spray it into his face. Open it up and drink it. Things that a cat couldn't do. When the company says it's safe for use with pets but keep away from children, it presumes that the user understands the safe use cautions and observes them around pets, but that anything can happen with a child. So because a label says this, it doesn't lead to the conclusion that the product is unsafe around pets when used as directed. And that's always the key.
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by jugen
Now does anyone know of anything that I can use?
besides nature's miracle (for pet stains), i also use a vinegar and water solution. my MIL recommended it when we moved into an apartment that had some kind of stains (i know, icky) in the carpet and they smelled. we used several applications of vinegar/water solution (soak it down, let it dry, repeat) and that really worked. so that is what i usually use, especially on carpet or other fabrics.

i only used febreeze in the car 'cause my sister recommended it. (there was a water leakage problem that got fixed but a residual smell...the febreeze did the trick)
post #17 of 30
O__O

So it isn't safe even though there is the Iams Pet Saftey Guarentee? I needed to use it this thursday too before the social worker gets here. Dang. Time to plug the air freshener in I guess.
post #18 of 30
I use it...
post #19 of 30
I think it's safe as long as they don't inhale it or drink it. http://www.snopes.com/toxins/febreze.htm

I use Febreeze allergy because Cupid has allergies and it really helps.
post #20 of 30
I use it to freshen up my sheet and covers when I make the bed . I don't spray it when they are around but they do get on the pillows, bed at night
post #21 of 30
I used Febreze on my curtains once. Jamie (not in the room) sneezed so much that day that I had to take down all the curtains and wash them. I haven't used it since.
post #22 of 30
Maybe it's the fragrance. I know my sinuses swell up when I'm in the presence of a heavily perfumed lady. I've been using a similar product called Renuzit with no problems whatsover.
post #23 of 30
I use it in my house and I've never had any adverse reactions, but I also use the Natures mIracle as a fabric refresher! :o) That or the Woolite Pet stain carpet cleaner. It leaves a clean smell behind, but I only use that in my car and on the stains themselves, not on the furniture.
post #24 of 30
I've thought about using vinegar to get rid of the smell from where the stubborn dog keeps peeing....but then won't I have the smell of vinegar? Does it go away after it dries? I'm afraid to try it until I know!

Amber
post #25 of 30
Emma starts sneezing if I use it too often. The other two seem not to be affected. Now I only use it after one of my son's friends visits. His parents both smoke in their home and he carries the fumes with him.
post #26 of 30
According to snopes, febrese is safe around animals.

The National Animal Poison Control Center, an organization under the aegis of the ASPCA, tells us that they have no evidence that Febreze, when used according to label instructions, is harmful to pets. In fact, they say it's "now approved by the ASPCA for safe use around cats and dogs." Given the choice between believing an anonymous e-mail message and the ASPCA, we'll side with the ASPCA. Two of the specific concerns about Febreze — that it contains zinc chloride (which is supposedly harmful to pets) and that it uses aerosol propellants (which pose a danger to many types of birds) are not viable: the improved Febreze formula (produced since December 1998) does not contain zinc chloride, and Febreze is a pump spray rather than an aerosol.

This information is aimed primarily at dog and cat owners; Febreze acknowledges that consumers should be cautious about using Febreze (or any other aerosol or spray product) around birds:


However, as birds are uniquely sensitive to some airborne household products and environmental factors, experts recommend removing the bird from the room until the product application has fully ventilated, like you would do with any household cleaning product.
Of course, the statement that Febreze is "safe" assumes that it is being used with normal due care by pet owners; nearly any product can be dangerous when misused. (Lemon furniture polish is perfectly safe if it's used to polish furniture, but not if it's used to make lemonade.) In this case, "due care" means not spraying it directly on pets, and removing birds from the room during its application.
post #27 of 30
Thanks for reiterating what I said in an earlier post in this thread, with the additional evidence, that Febreze is safe when used as directed. I suppose some people will still prefer to listen to their unfounded fear instead of the facts, though.
post #28 of 30
We used to use it and it was fine around the pets, but it's quite expensive and we don't really have the need for it currently
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by coaster
Thanks for reiterating what I said in an earlier post in this thread, with the additional evidence, that Febreze is safe when used as directed. I suppose some people will still prefer to listen to their unfounded fear instead of the facts, though.
In both instances of losing animals, I did, in fact follow the directions, moreso, I waited extra time to be sure the areas I sprayed were completely dry.
I hardly see that as unfounded.
When I called P&G about the issue, I was told that their test findings were based on adult dogs and cats in their prime, not on birds, small animals, infirm animals, elderly animals, or juvenile animals.
My birds were completely removed from the house to enjoy their day on the sunporch, their cage was rehung above the sprayed couch, hours after it was sprayed, they died in under an hour.

As well, any product that has fragrances that can set an asthmatic into a full blown attack is also enough fragrance to kill most small animals, including birds.
Their product is mislabeled, it is not safe for 'pets', it is safe for healthy, adult dogs and cats.
post #30 of 30

My cat died within a month of using Febreeze to clean my carpets.  Got a horrible upper respiratory infection and her entire digestive tract shut down.  Worst cold I've ever seen in a cat.  Refused to eat and literally starved to death.  It was 80 degrees the day I cleaned the carpets and the chemicals in this may have gone airborne -- was extremely toxic for her.  Won't use this in my home again.  I had no idea.  I'm so devastated.  She started having seizures and died yesterday of complications, I believe, from coming in contact with Febreeze.  

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