Many deodorant brands contain aluminum, which can be toxic to pets, says Flansburg-Cruz. “If a curious pet ingests a small amount of deodorant or if, for some reason, she has skin contact with the product and then licks it off, she may experience stomach upset,” she says.
Despite what is presumed to be a predominantly chemical formulation, deodorant is generally non-toxic to dogs that eat them and will most likely only result in a spot of vomiting and diarrhea.
Scent. Assuming your cat loves you, they'll want to smell you. Your unique scent is going to be very strong in your armpits—that's why we put deodorant there! And your cat stuffing their face into your armpit might just mean they want to be close to you.
There's no danger in a cat doing this, although it's sort of creepy, but there could be a problem if you're wearing deodorant, which wouldn't be good for the cat to consume. To break Jennie of the habit, look for a deodorant that contains a citrus aroma.
There are symptoms to look for if you suspect that your cat has been exposed to a toxin. A change in cat behavior is often the fist sign that something is wrong. Once a cat ingests or comes in contact with a toxin, symptoms may not show up right away. Some toxins may take 3 to 4 days to show any effects.
Signs & Symptoms of Cat Poisoning
Coughing. Diarrhea and Vomiting. Twitching or seizure. Breathing difficulties (rapid or labored)
Can cats recover from poisoning? Cats can and do survive being poisoned if they're treated early and appropriately. In one study of 20 cats poisoned by permethrin, a chemical widely used in flea control products for dogs, only one died and this was because he wasn't taken to a vet for 24 hours.
Soaps and Deoderants
Just as with cleaning products smells, cats also don't like soaps and deodorants.
Your cat might like the smell of your armpits
Our armpits have apocrine sweat glands, which produce the really pungent sweat that tends to be secreted in that area. As a result, armpit sweat is full of fats and proteins that cats are attracted to. Basically, your cat might think your armpit smells kind of tasty.
As a general rule, cats are sensitive when it comes to smells, but there are a few scents they hate that might just surprise you. They can't stand citrus and as much as you might love the smell of fresh herbs, cats hate rosemary and thyme. Banana and mustard are a big no-no too, as well as lavender and eucalyptus.
Although there's a faint chance that the cat is smelling illness on you, it probably finds your body odor distasteful. By burying its face in your armpit and rubbing around, it's trying to cover your scent with its own cat scent.
Cats have many scent glands on their head, especially in the nose, mouth and chin area; with each rub against you, these glands leave behind a "mark." Rubbing their head all over you is their way of saying, "I love you." In exchange for nuzzling, your cat probably gets a lot of cuddles from you, which is a strong ...
Why do animals that spend so much time grooming also enjoy resting on sweaty clothing? Your cat understands that your clothing has already been worn, which is part of the appeal. As discussed, the worn clothing of an owner can offer comfort and reassurance to a cat.
According to the FDA, xylitol is very toxic to dogs. If your deodorant contains xylitol and your pup ingests it, consider it an emergency and seek veterinary care immediately.
Perfumes and colognes are less harmful to cats than home air fresheners, but should never be sprayed in their direction, nor should a pet owner apply them in heavy doses when planning to interact with cats, he said.
Some over the counter topical products that are dangerous to pets: Personal care products such as soaps, body washes, toothpaste, moisturizing lotions, sunscreens, self tanners, shampoos, conditioners and the list continues. These products can cause GI upset if ingested by the pet.
It all comes down to instinctive behavior rooted in kittenhood. Kneading and suckling behavior mimics what your cat would have done while nursing. It's a form of comforting behavior that usually means that your cat feels cozy and safe.
When your body breaks down proteins from the foods you eat, ammonia and urea are produced, which are later in your sweat. Sweat also contains sugar and salts, such as sodium, chloride, and potassium. When your sweat evaporates, it can leave sweet or salty residue on your skin that animals can smell and/or taste.
In addition to respiratory and digestive issues, cats are susceptible to organ damage from exposure to the oils included in perfumes. The feline liver has a tough time breaking down the toxins known as phenols. This can result in deadly buildup if poisoned cats are not given immediate medical attention.
Secondly, they have sensitive hairs on their body that help them feel their surroundings and a spray will set off these touch receptors very suddenly and violently and the cat may not enjoy or understand the sensation. Chemicals in sprays may also smell very strong to the scent-sensitive cat.
Uncharacteristic sluggishness, unsteady gait, drooling, heavy breathing, diarrhea, seizures, and sudden bouts of vomiting are among the common clinical signs of feline poisoning (toxicosis). A cat owner who observes any of these signs will do an animal a huge favor by seeking emergency veterinary care.
Though cats can eat some vegetables, onions, garlic, leeks, scallions, shallots, and chives are particularly harmful to cats, causing gastrointestinal problems and even damage to red blood cells. Foods containing these vegetables and herbs, such as garlic bread, should be avoided, as well. Xylitol.
Colorful Cleaning Agents
These cleaners often turn the water blue and may seem unsafe for pets, but rest easy, that blue water is unlikely to harm your pet—although we don't recommend letting them regularly drink the treated water.