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Cleaners Dangerous to Cats

Pet cats like to wander all over the place which normally isn’t a problem except when using cleaners. Unfortunately, some of the cleaning products we often use can be hazardous to a cat’s health.

The next time you’re planning to clean, make sure the cleaners you’ll be using are safe for your cat. You probably already know that many chemical cleaners are bad news for your pet so we’ve taken the time to highlight some of the other items that are dangerous even if they appear non-threatening at first.

Essential Oils

Many homeowners love using essential oils when tidying up at home. It’s hard to blame them too. Essential oils work well as cleaners and they also leave behind a very pleasant aroma.

You should probably avoid using them if you have a cat at home however. According to the ASPCA, cats are especially sensitive to essential oils.

Examples of health problems your pet may have after being in close contact with essential oils include pneumonia, an upset stomach, and even liver damage.


You likely already guessed that mothballs are not good for your pet, but this is more of a reminder to take them out of your closet as you take part in National Cleaning Week (March 22-28). The naphthalene found in mothballs is what you really have to worry about.

Per Catster, the cats that interact with those mothballs may soon suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and they may even die in extreme cases.


Lemons are often used as a natural alternative to toxic cleaners. Still, just because lemons are natural and environmentally-friendly, that doesn’t mean they are safe for pets.

The skin of the lemon is the most threatening component. It can lead to your pet having diarrhea as well as vomiting, according to the ASPCA.

You always have to be cautious when using cleaning products around your pet cats. Keep your pets even safer by avoiding the cleaning items featured in this article.

Prep your home properly ahead of National Cleaning Week by hiring a pet sitter. We at TAILored Cat Services can watch over your pet as you focus on cleaning. Enlist our help by calling 425-923-7791 or emailing scheduling@tailoredpetservices.com.




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