Fire retardants in upholstery – a cause of Feline Hyperthyroid

I read a recent article about fire retardants and their effect on humans

Arlene Blum who is quoted in this story has written extensively linking fire retardants to Feline Hyperthyroid when her cat Midnight suddenly became ill. While she is quoted in this story there is no mention of exposing the effects on cats. We’ve posted her article on cats before, but with so many new readers of our newsletter we wanted to bring it back, and with additional information.

An excerpt from an article which appeared in the New York Times, September 6, 2012:

The purge happened in 2007, after Blum’s 14-pound cat Midnight began losing weight. The vet diagnosed feline hyperthyroidism, a disease that was unknown until 1979 but is now considered one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats. Blum wondered if there might be a possible link between feline hyperthyroidism and penta, a flame retardant that was withdrawn from the market in 2004, so her vet suggested sending a vial of Midnight’s blood to a researcher in Illinois. Sure enough, Midnight’s blood was 28 parts per million penta. Thinking that flame retardants in her aging sofa might be migrating into her household’s dust, Blum got rid of it. Four years later, the penta levels in her dust had dropped to 3 parts per million from 95 parts per million.

You’ll want to read this article to learn more about the toxins which could be in your furniture, as well as to learn about this fascinating woman who climbs mountains (she was the first woman to attempt Mt Everest), is an environmental health scientist, author, she teaches executives how to work with other cultures, and so much more – and she’s 67 years old! Thank goodness for us she has so much energy and smarts! And she loves cats. We love HER!

Freshen up carpet and furniture for the holidays – Anti Icky Poo to the rescue!

Are you just a little worried that holiday guests will detect that “accident” Kitty had awhile back? Or perhaps keeping windows closed for winter has your home smelling a bit like a kennel or musty? You don’t want your friends talking about your home behind your back. So head ‘em off at the pass, and de-stink a multitude of sins with Anti Icky Poo, the urine cleaner that really works.

A few light mistings of Anti Icky Poo twice a day for a few days will do the trick! Invite everyone over for holiday cheer and feel completely secure in knowing that your home only smells of your good cooking!

Another customer shares a story – Fostering Shelter Kittens

I wasn’t looking for a foster kitten, but fate intervened. His intake date was my late brother’s birthday. Weighing a little over a pound he was the only surviving member of his litter. He had one blue and one green eye. Best of all – he came equipped with “auto-purr” (which was activated whenever I picked him up). Hurricane Felix was the second Hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season so it stood to reason that this kitten had to be a Purricane.

Purricane Felix – July 2007

Everyone has heard the dismal statistics on shelter euthanasia. What you don’t hear are the numbers of “unassisted deaths” due to disease. The cute little kittens who should be the most adoptable are also the most susceptible to parasites and upper respiratory infections. Poorly developed immune systems and the lack of body reserves ensure they are ill equipped to handle the stress of a shelter environment.

Fostering in a home environment:

  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases exposure to contagious diseases
  • Facilitates socialization
  • Saves lives

Purricane needed antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. He also needed to gain weight in order to be adoptable.

People who love cats but aren’t able or ready to commit to a fulltime pet can provide the extra care kittens need before they can find their forever homes through a shelter.

Of course, some people do fall in love with their fosters (and vice versa). =^..^=

Purricane Felix (aka “The Purr”) – 2009

Alison W. – Certified Veterinary Technician