Facts  About Air Fresheners and Cats 

When a cat is sick or abnormally smelly, a pet owner might look for the cause in everything from food and water issues to pesticides, plants, cleaning products, or air fresheners. 

Unfortunately, these last few possibilities are an often-overlooked source of harmful toxicity, but they can be dangerous to pets' health in the short and long term. 

For example, one reader's cat died after being overly exposed to a plug-in air freshener. 

Toxic Air Freshener

The chemicals irritate the mucus membranes and breathing passages of your kitty. 

Some long-term effects of exposure to VOCs include liver or kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system problems. 

Potpourri oils can also be dangerous from an air freshener – a cat might rub against a leaky bottle or spill the bottle on itself, which can result in skin irritation and internal problems if the cat licks the oil while grooming itself. 

All of the commercially produced air fresheners can be bothersome to cats, particularly the plugin variety. 

Toxic air fresheners can cause different reactions in your cat, depending on the interaction between the cat and the poisonous compound. 

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Toxic Air Fresheners and Cats