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Castor oil for cats is an expensive and dangerous dietary supplement for cats. It can be given as a liquid feed supplement or mixed into the cat's food. The problem is that this product has been found to contn high levels of aflatoxins, a dangerous toxin that is carcinogenic and may cause other health problems.
Some foods, including processed foods and pet foods made with fish meal, are also known to contn high levels of aflatoxins. You should always keep your cat's food well refrigerated to ensure that it doesn't spoil. You can read more about aflatoxins and other food safety concerns at www.mvfmc.org.
**Borax.** Borax is a mineral used as a cleaning agent. Cats can eat it without ill effects. But some cat owners worry that the sodium borate in borax can damage the kidneys of their cats. It's a good idea to keep your cat's food away from your borax and to store it in a sealed contner in the refrigerator.
**Chocolate.** Chocolate is high in theobromine, an alkaloid found in cocoa beans. Chocolate can contn enough theobromine to cause seizures in dogs. Some owners have reported that their dogs' seizures have been alleviated by switching to a different brand of chocolate. But your cat may be able to eat chocolate without any ill effects.
**Glucose.** Glucose syrup, or glucose, is a sweetener found in many foods, especially processed pet foods. Some owners say that their cats get diarrhea when they eat glucose. If you suspect that your cat has developed diarrhea as a result of eating glucose syrup, contact the manufacturer.
**Granulated sugar.** Cats seem to like sugar. And cats seem to enjoy eating sugar, especially when it is given in the form of table sugar or powdered sugar. Some owners have reported that their cats have suffered from diarrhea, vomiting, and even seizures as a result of eating table sugar. Sugar also has an odor, and if your cat has difficulty breathing, the sugar could cause further health problems.
**Laundry Detergent.** You may occasionally come across some cats who will eat laundry detergent. If you do, contact the manufacturer to see if it's safe. The ingredient in detergent that most commonly causes problems is sodium lauryl sulfate. It is also possible that the chemicals in the detergent have an odor that cats dislike.
**Liquid detergents.** Some liquid detergents contn ingredients similar to those found in liquid household cleaners, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. If you have a cat who has trouble breathing or is wheezing, it may be worth giving him a small amount of liquid detergent to keep his breathing clear.
**Pnt.** Pnt, varnish, and other pnts contn ingredients that can be poisonous to cats. It's always best to supervise young children pnting when they have small cats as pets. Also, you should never give pnt to kittens.
**Powdered cleansers.** Cats have a hard time swallowing large particles, such as the abrasive materials found in some detergents. Because of this, it's best not to give cats any liquid or solid cleanser, including powder cleansers. If you have a kitten that's not yet four months old, you may want to give the kitten some of the powder so that it can help it learn to spit out solid food, but keep it away from the adult cat.
**Tobacco.** Cats like the smell of smoke, but some people worry that cats are getting too much nicotine from tobacco. Nicotine can damage the respiratory tract of cats, and some cats who have tried smoking cigarettes have ended up coughing up blood. Some owners report that their cats who try to sneak a cigarette have developed a thick layer of white mucus on their tongue.
## **Cat Litter**
Cats prefer to use their claws to scratch and dig for food, but they also like to use their claws to dig out the debris and waste that accumulates in their litter boxes. Cat litter has a few different uses.
**Clumping litter.** Clumping litter helps to prevent waste from getting stuck in the litter box. It has two types of clumps. The first type is made with a substance that absorbs water. The second type is a loose, dry clump that collects waste but does not absorb water.
**Deodorizing litter.** Some types of clumping litter contn a deodorant or fragrance that masks the smell of urine.
**Litter boxes.** Litter boxes keep the litter and cat's waste separate and help to prevent litter from getting into the cat's food and water. Litter boxes also help to keep your cat clean, which means your cat won't scratch furniture or other objects as much as if you used the box as a scratching post. The cat box should be cleaned out every day. If your cat isn't using the box, or if there's an accumulation of waste that is starting to stink, change the litter to one with less odor.
**Litter liners.** Litter liners can help keep your cat's litter clean. They come in several different types, including paper, plastic, and fiberglass. Paper is the cheapest and simplest type. It can be a good choice for cats who have difficulty digging out the waste in their litter box.
**Litter boxes made of wood.** Wooden litter boxes are also a good choice for cats with a preference for digging in the litter.
**Pelletized litter.** Pelletized litter is made with animal pellets that are broken down so that they can be used as litter. The pellets are ground up into a fine consistency and then mixed with a deodorant to give it a pleasant scent.
**Shopping for Litter.** It's best to buy litter for your cat when you're shopping for food. You will be more likely to find a good-quality litter that meets the needs of your cat at the local grocery store or pet store than at a large retl chn store.