Cats and secondhand smoke: how dangerous is it?
Cats and secondhand smoke: how dangerous is it?
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Have you ever wondered if ours passive smoke can hurt cats? The question is legitimate, because as we all know when we talk about smoking we are talking about one of the factors most responsible for the onset of cancer.

Smoking is bad and not only for those who smoke. There is also passive smoking, harmful to the health of those who are forced to breathe it. And, among these, there are obviously also ours pets.

Cat near an ashtray
Cat near an ashtray

Cats and dogs who, every day, are forced to breathe the smoke that comes out of their owners' cigarettes. Animals that, therefore, risk their health for a vice that is not even theirs.

So returning to the original question: is passive smoking bad for cats? The answer is obviously yes, just as it hurts all other living beings.

Cat near some cigarettes
Cat near some cigarettes

But how much is it actually harmful for the health of our four-legged friends? To answer this question we can refer to a study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System, namely the Detroit Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

This study was carried out under the direction of Dr. Sharon Milberger. And, according to the results, secondhand smoke can be very harmful to our cats.

Cat together with a man who smokes
Cat together with a man who smokes

Our pets, in fact, not only breathe secondhand smoke, but also absorb it through their fur. And because of this, cats are much more at risk than all other pets.

Because? Because our cats have a habit of constantly licking their fur. That same hair in which the harmful substances of smoking.

Cat looking
Cat looking

There are many risks to the health of our four-legged friends deriving from passive smoking. From breathing problems to salivation problems. Going through diarrhea and vomiting and ending, of course, with the tumors both in the lung and in the mouth.

In short, if you have not yet convinced yourself to quit smoking for your health, perhaps you could do it for those who, unlike you, have no choice.

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