Cats and plug in air fresheners : problem? (cross posted)

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Joe:
A freind of mine started using the plug in air fresheners and all her cats came down with bad Upper Respiritory Infections. she thinks the fresheners did it. I don't see how. I can understand an alergic reaction from some cats. anyone have a similar experience?
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Sandra:
Don't know about cats, but they make ME sneeze!
sandra
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MaryL:
[nq:1]A freind of mine started using the plug in air fresheners and all her cats came down with bad Upper ... I don't see how. I can understand an alergic reaction from some cats. anyone have a similar experience? Joe www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org[/nq]
I don't have any experience with this, but I definitely can understand how it can happen. Many people develop allergy-type reactions to various scents (which would include air fresheners), and a cat's nose is much more sensitive than ours. Moreover, essential oils can be toxic to cats I don't use plug-in air fresheners, so I don't know if there is a connection to essential oils (but it would be well worth checking).

MaryL
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Margaret:
[nq:1]A freind of mine started using the plug in air fresheners and all her cats came down with bad Upper ... I don't see how. I can understand an alergic reaction from some cats. anyone have a similar experience? Joe www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org[/nq]
Scents can certainly stress cats. A strong smell you don't like, can cause tears and mucus (trying to wash it out or protect from it), which can lead to other problems.
Some people have used perfume to punish their animals not realizing how damaging that can be for them.
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Phil P.:
[nq:1]A freind of mine started using the plug in air fresheners and all her cats came down with bad Upper ... I don't see how. I can understand an alergic reaction from some cats. anyone have a similar experience? Joe www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org[/nq]
I'd say its definitely within the realm of possibility since the air freshener scent is fluid borne and the cat's olfactory epithelium is covered by mucus. The cat's olfactory area is 25cm2 about 5x larger than a human's and would catch much more of the chemicals than a human. There's also the vomeronasal, or Jacobson's, organ which would probably catch even more of the chemicals. So, its not hard to understand how a fluid-borne scent could cause an infection or at least inflammation.

I read an article somewhere about air fresheners causing diarrhea and earaches in infants and headaches and depression in mothers. So, I'd err on the side of caution and forego the air freshners around cats.

Phil
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Mary:
[nq:2]A freind of mine started using the plug in air ... from some cats. anyone have a similar experience? Joe www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org[/nq]
[nq:1]Scents can certainly stress cats. A strong smell you don't like, can cause tears and mucus (trying to wash it ... problems. Some people have used perfume to punish their animals not realizing how damaging that can be for them.[/nq]
The scent I used to wear caused my cat to have asthma attacks. (I noticed that she seemed to have them on evenings when I had been out and had worn the perfume. When I stopped wearing it altogether, she did not have another attack for eight months, until spring allergy season.) It probably did not help that it was Alfred Sung's "Pure," which has a strong citrus scent, which cats are widely purported to dislike.
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Mary:
[nq:2]A freind of mine started using the plug in air ... from some cats. anyone have a similar experience? Joe www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org[/nq]
[nq:1]I'd say its definitely within the realm of possibility since the air freshener scent is fluid borne and the cat's ... and headaches and depression in mothers. So, I'd erron the side of caution and forego the air freshners around cats.[/nq]
I am always talking to the women on those TV commercials, the ones who say " my sons stinky clothes made his room smell terrible ..." saying "TRY DOING THE LAUNDRY!" Emotion: smile In my book if you need an air freshener you need to clean. Or at least open a gd window.
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Phil P.:
[nq:1]I am always talking to the women on those TV commercials, the ones who say " my sons stinky clothes ... In my book if you need an air freshener you need to clean. Or at least open a gd window.[/nq]
LOL! You're right!
How about those people who pour on a gallon of cologne or perfume...? Maybe they just need a bath! Just give me a bar of plain old Ivory soap any day.

P.
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Mary:
[nq:2]I am always talking to the women on those TV ... need to clean. Or at least open a gd window.[/nq]
[nq:1]LOL! You're right! How about those people who pour on a gallon of cologne or perfume...?Maybe they just need a bath! Just give me a bar of plain old Ivory soap anyday. P.[/nq]
The things they make up in order to sell us stuff, you know! A generation of kids will grow up reaching for the puffy air freshener thing instead of the
toilet brush!! And "feminine hygiene spray." What a crock! If it smells bad, you need to wash that thing! LOL
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