Do not use Pine Sol to clean litter boxs...
Do not expose cats to Pine Sol, Hexol or cleaners that contain ingredients with "phenol."
Originally Posted by xocats
kitytize....I do not know why Phenols are toxic to cats.
Try a google search & if you find out more info....
please share it in this thread.
Originally Posted by sarahp
I cleaned Stumpy's litter tray with PineSol!!
We also use PineSol diluted in hot water to clean our tiled surfaces. We'll have to make sure she's nowhere around when we do that as I daresay it would give off fumes in the steam from the water!
Originally Posted by sarahp
So what sort of easily found disinfectants do people recommend that are safe for kitties? We're still pretty new to the US and don't know many products. We chose PineSol because it looked similar to the Australian Pine-o-Clean
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
There are numerous cleaners that have Phenol in them, not just Pine-Sol, so I think a rule of thumb would be to check for this ingredient before buying any cleaner (it has to be listed as an active ingredient) and then use caution with others. For instance, Windex says right on the label "Keep out of reach of children and pets".
Originally Posted by sharky
I was at first thinking didnt someone read the label??
At 48 years old Grumpycat and I were together for about 5 years. This cat was my very first pet and I was lucky he picked me as his human pet.
I learned the hard way about the effects of "pine-sol" on Feb 27th when Grumpy, for no apparent reason and without warning had a seizure and died in about a minute or less.
No matter how much you love your cat nothing can prepare you for the devastation that comes with losing an animal that at first seems like a natural heart attack,stroke or a bad heart in general, just to find out a home cleaning product killed your most valued friend. It just didnt make any sense to me because Grumpy was maybe 7 years old at the most and was active,playful,affectionate and had a healthy diet with zero table food.
Still devastated and having had no sleep,the next day I decided to play detective and somehow managed to bring myself to the computer and searched out pine-sol because that was still the only scent throughout the house. Low and behold my google search delived about 1.5 million hit's about the toxicity of any household product ending with -sol; pine-sol, lysol etc. And many links to sites where people have lost their very best friend(s) because of this pine-solution product. I have to admit I was furious that my first experience with a pet that I loved so much was taken away from me so that our floors would be scented clean! Grumpy is now gone and I have no choice but to accept that some mistakes come with learning from them at a high price. My mother did not know that these chemicals are such a danger to cats because at her previous home, her cats had a cat-door to the front porch and thats where the cats went when the floors got cleaned. Now that we rent an apartment there was just no outlet for grumpy to escape. This one chemical product has changed my life forever. I now only have memories of experiencing having my own incredibly beautiful, loyal and affectionate best friend that only owners of pets would understand.
Many people who've never had a pet of their very own can truely understand that a pet is in fact a family member; therse's just no replacement or substitutions when one goes away. For years I would offer my apologies to friend's who have lost their pet. It's only now that I can feel the terrible grief that they were going through.
When I brought Grumpy to be creamated at the Humane Sociaty; I did rescue a cat at the same time to help me not feel suddenly so alone, and to try to start a new friendship. And most people know that spaying/neutering your cat means there wont be so many cats that are struggling to find a good home, especially in a stuggling economy where a pet sometimes gets cut from the food budget.
I hope my words somehow manage to save even one animal out there. And like the bumper sticker I saw at the animal shelter said, (which may have been an employee's car)
Who Rescued Who?
The absolute safest thing in the world used to clean anything is plain old white vinegar and water. Equal parts of each. It's cheap, cleans GREAT and is not toxic to pets. I use it to clean my floors, counter tops, etc. Much, much safer than chemicals. Even for us humans!
Some very useful info here!
I've been using Palm Olive dish soap to clean my girl's litterbox. I figured if it was safe enough for me to clean my dishes with it's safe enough to clean her box with. http://www.colgate.com/app/Palmolive/US/EN/Product-Ingredients.cwsp I googled it and it's saying you can use it to wash your pets. I don't think I would go that far though.
I do use Fantastik in my bathroom and on my kitchen floor. Oh dear - I fear I must find a new cleaner!!!! I found a page of natural cleaners:
This is horrible to know about the Carmex (and throat lozenges, rubs, etc...)
Lovey is ATTRACTED to these products. When I am put on Vicks Vapo Rub, he likes to lick at it..(I do discourage it cuz its just weird to have him licking my neck ferociously)...He also licks Burts Bees Lip Balm off my lips too though I doubt this it poisonous.
Luckily, he hasn't had a problem but I do wonder why some cats are attracted to cleaners and the products that contain camphor or mint (or whatever it is they are attracted to...it seems to be anything with that pine/mint oil scent) if its poisonous.
I recently learned that catnip is from the mint plant family, so anything smelling like mint, cats are attracted to, perhaps because they fall under the "mint" family. Cats do not know if something is poisonous or not and us humans can mask the smell of anything poisonous with pleasant "mint" smells. I hope that helps!