Helping you to sleep as restfully as your cat

In our modern world light is present all night long. And it’s not good for us. Any amount of light coming through the window (or from electronics in your bedroom) penetrates your skin and disturbs your sleep. Disturbed sleep has a negative impact on your health and longevity. This ingenious company makes customized and removable black out panels.

http://www.indowwindows.com/

Turn that darned computer off! Turn off the TV! When it gets dark, dim the lights!

Your cat faerie turns off her computer by 6pm. Well, she tries to anyway. This gizmo will cut down on the blue light which comes from your computer and which is keeping you from falling asleep and staying asleep, and sleeping deeply. Blue lights from your computer or TV or phone (etc.) affects our brains and sleep patterns. (More on the hazards of blue lights at nighttime below.)

http://justgetflux.com/

99 Reasons to not give or receive perfume this season (or use scented cat litter)

During this time of year perfume and fragrance sales soar. We have those manipulative Mad Men on Madison Avenue to thank for planting the seeds that giving and receiving perfume is synonymous with the holidays. And then there are those awful and toxic chemically scented plug-ins and “air fresheners.” In more recent years chemically scented candles have been choking the air out of homes worldwide.

Eco-writer Jill Ettinger is allowing us to re-print her article that gives you 99 reasons to stop using fragrance now. It’s a quick read with bulleted points about the dangers of perfume and other fragrances. Cat Faeries has been talking about the many reasons to not use scented kitty litter since our beginning, just over 20 years ago and every chance we get we talk about how bad fragrance is for cats, people and everything else.



Artificial Fragrances are Poison: 99 Reasons to Stop Wearing Perfume

by Jill Ettinger

We have a body odor problem in this country. But it’s not what you probably think. Yes, some of us stink pretty badly (thanks, Standard American Diet), but that’s not the problem. The issue is our relentless pursuit to cover up our body odor with artificial fragrances and perfumes.

Somewhere down the line we decided that detergents and chemicals smell more pleasant than our armpits. We traded in natural botanicals for hazardous materials. We let celebrities sell us perfumes because we think that’s what they must smell like all the time, and if we use their perfume, we’ll smell like a celebrity too.

While we’re now protected in most every public place from cigarette smoke’s hazardous effects, we have no protection against toxic fragrances. If you asked a flight attendant to reseat you because the person seated next to you reeked like Hannah Montana perfume, they’d smile apologetically. Yet fragrances pose serious health risks on par with cigarette smoke.

Think your Axe Body Spray is doing us all a favor? Think again. Here are 99 reasons to stop wearing artificial fragrances and perfumes.

  1. A single perfumed product can contain thousands of fragrances.
  2. And none of them have to come from a natural botanical source.
  3. So can: laundry detergent
  4. Antiperspirant
  5. Deodorant
  6. Shampoo
  7. Conditioner
  8. Lotion
  9. Soap
  10. Candles
  11. Skin care products
  12. Cleaning products
  13. Makeup
  14. And feminine hygiene products
  15. A self-regulated industry, manufacturers do not need to disclose these ingredients (they’re “trade secrets”).
  16. Fragrances contain phthalates.
  17. Phthalates have been linked to reproductive issues
  18. Early puberty in girls
  19. Organ damage
  20. Birth defects
  21. Immune response issues
  22. Endocrine disruption.
  23. Fragrances can cause headaches
  24. Mood swings
  25. Depression
  26. Anxiety
  27. Hyperactivity
  28. Brain fog
  29. Allergies
  30. Sore throat
  31. Watery eyes
  32. Eczema
  33. Rashes
  34. Coughing
  35. Asthma
  36. Erratic blood pressure
  37. Nausea
  38. Vomiting
  39. Abdominal pain
  40. And cancer.
  41. According to Dr. Mercola, synthetic musk, which is widely used in fragrances, can contain several harmful chemicals including:
  42. Xylene
  43. Ketone
  44. HHCB
  45. HHCB-lactone (the oxidation product of HHCB)
  46. AHTN
  47. Tonalide
  48. And galaxolide.
  49. Fragrances contain benzene.
  50. The American Cancer Society considers it a cancer risk.
  51. According to safe cosmetics, “one in every 50 people may suffer immune system damage from fragrance.”
  52. And “once sensitized to an ingredient, a person can remain so for a lifetime, enduring allergic reactions with every subsequent exposure.”
  53. Many fragrance ingredients are considered neurotoxins (damaging to the brain).
  54. Where there’s artificial fragrance, there are also parabens.
  55. Parabens can interfere with hormonal functions.
  56. They’re linked to cancer.
  57. And they may actually make your skin look older, faster.
  58. Dioxane is a common ingredient in detergents.
  59. Tests done on the popular Tide brand of detergent, showed that it contained 55 parts per million of dioxane.
  60. Levels as low as 5 to 10 parts per million have been shown to pose health risks.
  61. Dioxane even appears in some products labeled as “organic” or “natural.”
  62. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, are common in fragranced products.
  63. More than 16,000 studies show that SLS in any form causes eye and skin irritation.
  64. And organ toxicity
  65. And neurotoxicity
  66. And developmental toxicity
  67. And reproductive issues
  68. And endocrine disruption
  69. And mutations
  70. …And cancer.
  71. NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate) found in fragranced products has been linked to kidney damage.
  72. And liver damage
  73. And growth issues
  74. And metabolic issues
  75. And underdeveloped testicles
  76. And low sperm count.
  77. Fragrance-containing products are often tested on rabbits.
  78. And mice
  79. And rats
  80. And monkeys
  81. And cats.
  82. Our love for fragrances has an impact on the environment as well.
  83. Synthetic musk is accumulating in wild animals in toxic levels.
  84. Water filtration systems can’t remove some of the more toxic fragrance ingredients from our water supply.
  85. Some fragrances come from animals, taken in harmful ways.
  86. Amebergris comes from sperm whales.
  87. African Stone or Hyraceum comes from the hyrax (a very small, cute cousin to the elephant).
  88. Deer musk and civet cats are also exploited for their fragrance.
  89. Castoreum comes from the anal gland of a beaver.
  90. Fragrances don’t actually relieve your body odor problems anyway.
  91. They just mask it.
  92. Temporarily.
  93. Sometimes they just co-mingle with your body odor, making for very strange smells.
  94. Fragranced products cost you more money,
  95. While putting your health at risk.
  96. Fragranced products are often used to attract people, but the toxins can have the opposite effect…
  97. Repelling love interests.
  98. Making them feel sick. Literally.
  99. Even if they truly want to feel otherwise.

 Keep in touch with Jill on Twitter @jillettinger

Resources

http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=222

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/22/the-reckless-selfinterest-of-the-fragrance-industry.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/12/paraben-chemical-linked-to-breast-cancer_n_1202144.html

http://functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com/laundry-detergents-pose-serious-health-risks/

http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/

Anti Icky Poo (the urine cleaner that works) and using a black light

Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner from CatFaeries.com

When using Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner, a black light is handy for finding places your cat has sprayed with urine or peed on. They are also helpful if you are considering buying a new home to find out if there are any urine stains.

But they are not fail safe – they are not accurate on all surfaces. They are most accurate on smooth surfaces like a painted wall or very low pile carpet. They don’t reveal urine in kitty litter or on carpets with a deep pile.

And you must use them in total darkness.

Recently we got this email from a customer:

Dear Cat Faeries

After treatment with Anti-Icky-Poo will spots still fluoresce under UV / Blacklight? I understand this is not as important as removal of the smell / pheromones is the most important, but still I’m just wondering, especially in terms of being able to identify a ‘new’ spot vs on previously treated other than intensity of the fluorescing.

Thanks,


Chuck

Dear Chuck,

Great question. The spots could still how under your black light. Here is why you may still see discoloration after using a round of Anti Icky Poo:

  • Staining or spots could remain if they have been there a very long time
  • The urine could have stripped the dyes from the carpet
  • The naturally occurring dyes in urine could still be in the fibers
  • Believe it or not, sometimes the dye you see is from the cat’s food!
  • Once you are confident that Anti Icky Poo completely got rid of the urine smells and gases, you might consider having a professional carpet cleaning service come in will help to remove the traces of urine dye

This week we also heard from another person who wondered if Anti Icky Poo is safe to use after her cat urinated in a house plant. It is totally safe – it won’t hurt the plant or taint the soil!

As you said and it’s also on our website, smell is the way to know that the urine proteins and gases are gone. Further evidence is observing your cats – do they hover around those spots you treated? If not, then Anti Icky Poo was completely successful!

As for knowing if those are old spots or new ones: You might keep a sheet a paper and list the locations and size of the stains you treated. If you use a black light every month or so this will help you know if the spots are old ones or new ones.

Cat Faeries’ flower essences for cats and crystals on sale at 10% off!


Get 10% off Golden Healer crystals and Cat Faeries’ own handcrafted flower essences for cats through November 1st. No coupon code required – the savings are right on the website.

Cat Faeries’ flower essences for cats are professionally crafted for cats taking into consideration their collective consciousness and doing our best to get into the minds of our feline friends. Our golden healer crystals are quartz crystals which grew near Iron Hydrate tinting them with varying shades of golden yellow to orange and thus amplifying their healing power.

The Creepy and Scary Science of Flavoring Cat Kibble

Even if it wasn’t nearly Halloween this article would still be creepy! And eye opening. And contains some interesting facts. It’s a mix of scary chemical science which in Cat Faeries’ opinion is corporations analyzing the likes and cravings of both people and cats then creating health sabotaging frankenfoods to seduce us into eating them.

There are also many fascinating factoids. On page 2 you’ll learn about Pyrophosphates have been described as “cat crack.” On page 4 they explain the differences in how a cat eats from how a dog eats. On page 6 you’ll learn when animals hunt in the wild which parts of the prey a cat or dog goes for, and the nutritional value. Also on page 6 they discuss the origins of even our cravings for survival which is a mix of salt, sugar and fat – hence fast food addiction which plagues many people and is known as SAD (Standard American Diet).

From page 6:

Animals’ taste systems are specialized for the niche they occupy in the environment. That includes us. As hunters and foragers of the dry savannah, our earliest forebears evolved a taste for important but scarce nutrients: salt and high-energy fats and sugars. That, in a nutshell, explains the widespread popularity of junk food. And the wide spreads in general—an attribute we now share with our pets. A recent veterinary survey found that more than 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese.

After you read all 6 pages of the story be sure to check out the reader’s comments. Some of them are quite good (and as usual many of them are quite bad and idiotic):

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/chemistry-kibble?page=0%2C0&src=SOC

Tips on how to get the most from your Cat Faeries products

Here’s some tips from our thrifty cat behaviorist. Remember, you get full detailed instructions with your order for all of these Cat Faeries products.

Cat toys, making them last, keeping them fresh & clean

  • Store catnip toys in a Zip lock bag. Press as much air out as you can, then seal.
  • Use Scotch tape or packing tape to remove fuzz and dust (just like you do to remove cat fur from your clothes).
  • If your cat pees on a toy: lightly mist with Anti Icky Poo several times over a day or two, then let dry completely.
  • If your cat hurls a fur ball on a cat toy: scrape off what you can, then lightly mist Anti Icky Poo several times over the course or a day, then let dry completely.

Remembering to use your Comfort Zone with Feliway spray. Don’t put it out of sight, out of mind!

  • Store it in a place that you go to every day so you get the visual prompt to use it.
  • Suggestions:
    • near the coffee maker
    • near the your toothbrush
    • on top of the TV or by the remote control
    • on the coffee table or an end table
  • If you are correcting a problem use your spray two or three times a day.
  • If you are maintaining your efforts and the cats are being good, use it once a day or a few times a week.

Places to NOT store Feliway spray

  • near the fire place
  • near the stove or oven
  • near the heater

Remembering to swap out a spent Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser refill for a new one:

  • Order from us and get stickers for your calendar or appointment book. And use them!
  • Your stickers will help you to know that your diffuser is working properly. If your refill bottle lasts longer or shorter than 4 weeks it’s time to replace it.

Taking good care of your Feliway diffuser to make it last a long time:

  • The manufacturer says a diffuser will last 6 months. Because we take good care of ours we’ve had the same ones for many years.
  • Every few months unplug your diffuser and with a damp Q-tip remove built up dust and crud.
  • Don’t bang the vacuum cleaner into the diffuser as your clean your floors.
  • Be careful to not drop it when you change your refill bottles.

Cat Faeries Flower Essences For Cats – where to store them, how to handle the dropper:

  • It’s best to store them in a cabinet, but if that’s not practical then find a darkish corner in your kitchen. Ours tend to end up in a kitchen corner so we see them every morning when we change the cat’s water bowl.
  • If you broke your dropper – ask us for a new one when you place your next order. We’ll send one free.
  • Don’t let the dropper touch your fingers, or fall to the floor or countertop. If that happens, don’t panic, rinse it under filtered water and place it back in the bottle. Dirt and oils from fingers can contaminate the waters.
  • NEVER put the glass dropper in the cat’s mouth! That’s why our handout is full of great ways to administer flower essences: food, water, anoint.

Cat Beds – we’ve had some of ours since the 1990’s!

  • Always wash them in COLD water with mild soap
  • Always air dry, never machine dry
  • So that your bed dries fast, grasp the outer velveteen, and the inner fleece and pull them apart to form a <> shape. This allows air to flow and speed up drying time.

Anti Icky Poo – how long it will last and a clever use for it.

  • Unopened it will last 3 years.
  • Opened it should be used within 1 year.
  • Store it under the sink or a cool place.
  • Keep it upright so it doesn’t leak.
  • If you’ve got some left over and it’s getting old – pour it down the kitchen drain and it will eat up soap scum and grease! Leave it sit for about an hour if you can.