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Talcum Powders, The Utter Foes To Your Cats

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The essence of the beauty of your gorgeous kitty could be preserved well by the means of its grooming which generally involves more than a few steps viz. its bathing, brushing, nail cutting, cleaning of sense organs and other hoards of  processes.

Many of the pet owners desire that their beautiful kitty should also smell good or its white coat should appear shinier and for this, they make use of Talcum Powder on the body their cats. They are generally unaware of the fact that talcum powder is one of the worst things that a cat could get on its body.

Talcum powder and its usage:

Talcum powder is generally a white colored, amorphous substance that is made from a mineral known as talc. This product is rich in elements such as magnesium, silicon and oxygen while it could also contain a poisonous substance known as asbestos.

Talcum powder is used by the humans to absorb the moisture off their body and it is also helpful in preventing rashes and some are even capable of healing wounds of the body.

While some medicated powders could be used in the outer wounds of your cats, these could have many dangerous consequences if they are swallowed or inhaled.

Poisoning with Talcum Powder:

In one of the websites of National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, they mentioned that Talcum Powder Poisoning in cats could occur when the substance in swallowed or inhaled. There are also many kinds of symptoms which occur due to this such as:

  • Respiratory troubles such as slow or rapid breathing, difficulty in breathing, cough, cold and lung failure etc.
  • Kidney disorders
  • Bladder infections,
  • Irritations in the eyes,
  • Throat infections
  • Fever
  • Sluggishness,
  • Itchiness,
  • Hot spots and blisters on skin
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Faintness and coma

Cancers with Talcum Powder:

Talcum Powders could also increase the risk of cancers in the body of your cats and this has been proved by The American Cancer Society. According to it, Talcum Powders could have the mineral asbestos which is a prime carcinogen.

While many of the companies are trying to manufacture products that are devoid of the mineral asbestos, American Cancer Society has even revealed the fact that animals could get cancers even with usage of asbestos-free products. What has been more alarming is that talcum powder cancers have even affected women that make use of the product.

Therefore, it is to be understood that talcum powder applied anywhere, on any part of the body of your cats would definitely be swallowed by your pet as described by most of the Cat Grooming Tips. This is because cats are known to be self groomers and could easily lick the applied substance from their body, which could result in many grave symptoms.

Many pet groomers also use talcum powders to resolve the mats and tangled fur in the coat of your cats. These practices should be kept in mind and prohibited with some alternatives for the same.



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  • Posted On September 20, 2016
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