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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I am on occasional smoker and today while I was just puffing some in my room, I noticed Pablo just wouldnt leave. She kept on sniffing the cig stubb, even after contant pushing, she would return back near the cig and after I finished it, she started burying her nose in the ashtray. I got a bit scared, and was not ready to take any chances so disposed everything away...but was just plain weird!!

Other thing that happened today, my friends came to my place to dope a bit(alright I know bad ...bad..bad) but anyway I have to share this as it effected my cat in a weird manner as well. After noticing Pablo's affinity towards cigs I kinda kept her outside the room but she managed to slide in through the crack and started sniffing and once again burying the nose in the ashtray....and after that she just went into deep deep deeeeep coma like sleep when actually it was her play time. Anyway later she got back to her normal self, but I am still freaked out a bit! I never want to do anything that would harm my baby...never would I touch those things again if it has an adverse effect on her.
post #2 of 18
Cats are considerably more sensitive to drugs than humans, so what you say makes sense.
post #3 of 18
Hmmm, someone with more experience in these areas will need to respond. I did want to say that I admire your honesty and frankness, in opening up to the rest of us, all for the sake of your precious cat I know that I have weak kidneys, and 2nd hand smoke of any kind really hits me hard - once I was at a BBQ, and was in a room watching people smoke off a big bhong, with 4 "portals?", and without realizing it, I got so high that I fell down the stairs, and promptly went outside & got very, very carsick - the world wouldn't stop spinning and then I finally was able to sleep, waking the next morning with a severe headache. Nobody else there had a bad reaction, not even the "active" participants. I know that cats have sensitive kidneys, so maybe Pablo reacts to smoke more than you would, so you are smart to keep her away from it. Even the residue in the fabrics & other surfaces in your home will retain harmful residues.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
Hmmm, someone with more experience in these areas will need to respond. I did want to say that I admire your honesty and frankness, in opening up to the rest of us, all for the sake of your precious cat I know that I have weak kidneys, and 2nd hand smoke of any kind really hits me hard - once I was at a BBQ, and was in a room watching people smoke off a big bhong, with 4 "portals?", and without realizing it, I got so high that I fell down the stairs, and promptly went outside & got very, very carsick - the world wouldn't stop spinning and then I finally was able to sleep, waking the next morning with a severe headache. Nobody else there had a bad reaction, not even the "active" participants. I know that cats have sensitive kidneys, so maybe Pablo reacts to smoke more than you would, so you are smart to keep her away from it. Even the residue in the fabrics & other surfaces in your home will retain harmful residues.
your honesty is appreciated, and I agree with catsknowme cats probsbly react different to drugs than we would. also for the kitty to have such a reaction to smoke, maybe she has a kidney problem like catsknowme?? Has she ever been tested for such a thing??? Again I appreciate your honesty, I would stop smoking when she is around-since it irratated her so-
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yes, I am planning to stop all this mess all together, and now the fact that it effects Pablo...my decision has become more strong. I never even knew cats are more susceptible to drugs.

Chichismom: You really think its possible pablo has a kidney problem? ...am contacing the vet anyway about this, but what you said is scary.

Catsknowme: I am sorry to hear that..hope youl get well soon.
post #6 of 18
NO NO NO I am sooooooooooooo sorry if I alarmed you!!! I was just suggesting that since that is how catsknowme reacts to smoke- do you have other cats? Do they react the same way? I was just suggesting that her reaction could signal an underlying problem. My bf smokes cigarettes and neither of my 2 cats react wierdly to it. I hate when he smokes in the same room as them, and I usually kick him out- but he gets away with it at night when I am asleep ( butthead) Maybe the other "smoking" gives her a stronger reaction- like how some cats react strongly to cat nip ?
post #7 of 18
Hi, it's been proven that 2nd hand smoke gives cats lymphosarcoma... ask your vet. Not fun at all.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Larke
Hi, it's been proven that 2nd hand smoke gives cats lymphosarcoma... ask your vet. Not fun at all.

Hi Larke! What is lymphosarcoma??????????????????
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by chichismom
NO NO NO I am sooooooooooooo sorry if I alarmed you!!! I was just suggesting that since that is how catsknowme reacts to smoke- do you have other cats? Do they react the same way? I was just suggesting that her reaction could signal an underlying problem. My bf smokes cigarettes and neither of my 2 cats react wierdly to it. I hate when he smokes in the same room as them, and I usually kick him out- but he gets away with it at night when I am asleep ( butthead) Maybe the other "smoking" gives her a stronger reaction- like how some cats react strongly to cat nip ?
well, altho 2nd hand smoke is bad for them, mine never reacted like that when i was smoking. if anything, they disliked the smoke.
post #10 of 18
Cats can definately become affected by smoke from both cigarettes and pot - They can even become addicted, especially to the pot.

So I would be on the safe side and not let your cat anywhere near the cigarettes or the smoke. Better to have a healthy happy cat!!

Plus, quitting smoking could be the best thing you ever do - Just so you know - By the time your lung cancer is diagnosed, you will have less than 3 months to live!!! What will your cats do if you aren't there??
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by chichismom
Hi Larke! What is lymphosarcoma??????????????????
Lymphosarcoma is a diffuse malignant lymphoma.

In other words, its a nasty tumor that travels into the organism through
Metastasis.

Lymphosarcoma (lymphoma) is the third most common cancer diagnosed in dogs. It is a cancer of lymphocytes (a type of blood cell) and lymphoid tissues. Lymphoid tissue is normally present in many places in the body including lymph nodes, spleen, liver, gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow.

Link
post #12 of 18
Thanks! I had no idea what it was.
post #13 of 18
Personally, I would just keep her out of the room when you or your friend are smoking anything, plus discard butts and ashes ASAP. I don't think secondhand MJ smoke will permanently harm her, but she could get a contact high and get sleepy. However, I would say that secondhand smoke of any kind isn't good for cats or humans. There was a thread on this a while back.. I think my statement was the general consensus.
post #14 of 18
When you think of the devastation smoke wreaks on the human body, it stands to reason that it would be ten or twenty times more powerful for a ten-pound kittycat. I would take this as a sign from the Universe that you should stop smoking... for your kitty, for yourself, and for everyone who loves you.

And if you make that decision, I know there are plenty of people here who will stand by with moral support when you need it!
post #15 of 18
Seriously.

I know alot of adult smokers who have health problems. I know someone who was a drinker and a smoker. Died at age 51 of stomach cancer.
I think smoking is idiotic. There are far more faster ways of killing yourself.
post #16 of 18
my old roomate had one cat and i had 4 at the time and when she had her friends over to "smoke", i would catch them blowing puffs in the cats faces. that made me soo mad and to think when they did when I wasn't home. I didn't have a problem with her smoking but i was like jesus, control your freakin friends! she would just be like haha cut it out and they would laugh and keep on doing it.
post #17 of 18
Oh! POOR KITTY. I hope nothings wrong with him
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi, thanks for the replies,
Yes I know its harmful and idiotic at the same time. I am not interested in blowing away my life this way...but I know how harmful it is for human body. I just wanted to know if it has any ill effects on cats too. Now that I know it even wrecks their body I will be more careful.

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