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What Household Cleaners are Toxic to Cats?

Most pet parents do more housecleaning than normal, because living with animal companions means dealing with pet hair, food spills, water spills and more.


Since we clean more than normal, and because our pets are so important to us, it’s vital not to load up our indoor environment with potentially toxic cleaning chemicals.


There are several inexpensive, non-toxic, and even homemade cleaning solutions that can handle a wide variety of jobs just as effectively as chemical cleaning agents.


If you are using commercial “green” household cleaners, it is also important to know how safe they really are for households with pets.


A Word of Caution About Commercial 'Green' Cleaners


Many commercially available green cleaning products are thought to be safe for animals,

I recommend to use precautions before using them freely just as you would with chemical cleaners. For example:

  • Keep your pet out of areas where cleaning agents are being used.

  • Do Not spray or apply cleansers on or near your pet.

  • Do Not allow your pet to lick recently cleaned surfaces or chew on sponges or cloths used for cleaning. Store them in a safe place.

Keep in mind there are many different meanings of the word "green," so it's important to do your homework to determine which products are best for you and your pets.


Cleaners can be labeled "green" but still contain toxins.  Also, some products labeled "green" or "natural" are not natural at all and could still be dangerous.  Be a concerned pet parent to educate yourself on which cleaner ingredients are truly non-toxic and which pose a risk.


List of some Toxic Household Cleaners and Products that can harm your Savannah:

  • Chlorine/Bleach (please excessively dilute)

  • Ammonia

  • Antifreeze

  • Glycol Ethers

  • De-icing salts

  • Mothballs

  • Phalates

  • Formaldehyde

  • Lawn fertilizers

Harmfull Toxic ingredients can be found in the following household products:

Laundry Detergent, Dishwasher Detergent, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Drain Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Carpet Cleaner.

Consider Switching to These Non-Toxic, Household Cleaners:


Replacing chemical household cleaners with some simple and inexpensive non-toxic agents will lighten help your pet, and even yourself!

  • Vinegar (1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water for floors)

  • Baking Soda (great for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing and stain removal)

  • Lemon Juice (great for stains and cleaning windows and mirrors, tackle grease and mildew)

  • Microfiber cloths, abrasives (borax)

  • Enzyme and bacterial-based pet cleaners

  • Dawn Dish soap or alternative.

  • Tea Tree Oil (a natural antibacterial and anti fungal

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