|Purred: Wed Nov 30, '11 5:01pm PST |
|What chemical is Dawn (or any other dish soap) that is toxic? I've heard it recommended for years and used it, and they even use it to clean wildlife including birds after oil spills. I was under the impression that most dish soaps are almost pure soaps with no additives.
That said, any and all flea soaps scare me--if I absolutely must use it, I dilute it way, way down and use very sparingly, and rinse, rinse, rinse. I even prefer making the kitty hold in warm water with a few dots of soap up to his chin while I flea comb over and over. My sister had a kitty that got neurological damage from a flea shampoo almost 10 years ago, and it's still a very sad memory. The kitty had to be euthanized because she couldn't even recognize food and had panic attacks, and it never got better. You have to bear in mind that the flea shampoos contain pesticides, which are not just "chemical" as is almost any cleaning product of any description. Pet shampoos contain chemicals intended as poisons--for insects, true, but bear in mind if your pet is extra sensitive to the pesticide, it can be ugly fast. I would certainly not use the entire recommeded amount unless the cat was horribly infested, but the incident I spoke of was probably an uncommon reaction that has left me overly afraid of these products.
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