by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
When you think of talcum powder, you probably just think of that white powder that people usually sprinkle on baby bums. I remember my mom using talcum powder on my little siblings, and I remember with nostalgia the smell, the feeling, and the sight of all those powder particles floating in the air. I'm sure many people have similar memories. With such memories, you may never have thought that talcum powder could actually be dangerous for some animals. Cats are in this category and you should protect your cat against talcum powder, for the sake of its own health.
It is probably something that you have never thought about—keeping your cat away from talcum powder—but it's something you might want to consider. Apart from the frustrating ramifications of your cat tracking white powder all over the house, talcum powder could actually cause serious health problems for your cat.
Talcum powder, if inhaled by cats, increases the changes of feline lung problems. Whenever you use your talcum powder, make sure your cat is out of the bathroom. As you know, talcum powder puffs up and can fill the air for a long time, and the particles can be inhaled by your cat, resulting in the aforementioned lung problems—not fun.
It may seem self-evident, but you also should also avoid your cat eating talcum powder. Eating talcum powder could definitely cause damage to internal organs. If, however, your cat does ingest talcum powder, take it to the vet immediately.
Talcum powder may be great for your feet or baby bums, but when you do use it, keep it away from your pets. It may seem harmless, but you don't want to take any chances when it comes to your beloved pet. Keep the talcum powder away!
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