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Scientists: Ubiquitous household chemical could be killing cats
Koko news ^ | May 8 2013 | Jeff Burnside

Posted on 05/09/2013 10:18:44 AM PDT by Fawn

SEATTLE -- A chemical threat lies hidden in millions of American homes, and top government scientists believe it could be killing cats.

Right now in the special session of the state legislature, lawmakers are fighting powerful interests to ban versions of the chemical.

Dr. Dennis Wackerbarth is a top expert on hyperthyroidsim, and he said countless numbers of cats die from the disease each year.

(Excerpt) Read more at komonews.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: catdisease; catdiseases; cats; chemicals; flameretardants; hypert; kittyping

1 posted on 05/09/2013 10:18:44 AM PDT by Fawn
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To: Fawn
Scientists: Ubiquitous household chemical could be killing cats

The name of the chemical wouldn't be Curiosity, would it?

2 posted on 05/09/2013 10:20:42 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

The article goes from “this chemical (flame retardants) is killing our cats” to “this chemical everywhere and is killing everyone!”

*sigh* Why can’t advocacy pieces just come right out and say what they are?


3 posted on 05/09/2013 10:21:38 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: apillar

LOL


4 posted on 05/09/2013 10:22:00 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: apillar

5 posted on 05/09/2013 10:22:21 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: rarestia
*sigh* Why can’t advocacy pieces just come right out and say what they are?

The linked report says they are polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Maybe they're scared of the chemical industry buring down their office and leaving a note "Should have had more flame retardants, hahahahaha!"

6 posted on 05/09/2013 10:26:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: rarestia
“this chemical (flame retardants) is killing our cats”

Well, don't treat your cat with flame retardant and the cat will be just fine.

7 posted on 05/09/2013 10:28:40 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Fawn
Poorly written article that leaves more questions than it answers. Of course, what can we expect from so called journalists these day?

For example, how are cats being impacted by flame retardant toxins? Are they consuming flame retardants? Are they rubbing against the flame retardants and they get into their skins? This crappily written article never says.

8 posted on 05/09/2013 10:30:03 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Fawn

Get 1,000 cats from random places

Expose all of them to heavy amounts of this chemical

Breed the ones that are least affected to each other...

Repeat... Until the resultant cat population is no longer affected...

Eventually this problem will go away...


9 posted on 05/09/2013 10:32:04 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Fawn

I hate it when chemicals turn Ubiquitous


10 posted on 05/09/2013 10:32:56 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Fawn
Dihydrogen Monoxide again?
11 posted on 05/09/2013 10:33:45 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

>> Well, don’t treat your cat with flame retardant

Too late... my kitty was born retarded.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 10:35:07 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Too late... my kitty was born retarded.

I have a couple of those too. But only one is satanic, the other is OK.

13 posted on 05/09/2013 10:36:55 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Nevadan
I've heard this theory a few years ago. I had a cat with HyperT and it's very common now. Cats lay on the carpets/furniture and also rub against curtains. Do you want your kids wearing flame retardant clothing?
14 posted on 05/09/2013 10:39:52 AM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Fawn

101 uses for a dead cat:

#1. Just before rigormortise sets in, turn their little paws backward and set.

Toilet bowl brush....


15 posted on 05/09/2013 10:44:35 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping Plz?


16 posted on 05/09/2013 10:44:58 AM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: BitWielder1

Don’t water this travesty down...


17 posted on 05/09/2013 10:45:23 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
Kitty will be FINE!!!!


18 posted on 05/09/2013 10:46:22 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: Fawn
The state House passed a ban on additional flame retardants in household items and children's products. Lawmakers also created a system to stop chemical companies from switching to yet another version deemed just as bad.

Wow, it seems not that long ago that the nanny press was all agog about how children’s cloths weren’t fire resistant and because the garment industry didn’t want to spend the money on fire retardants hundreds of children every year were killed or maimed.

And if all of these cats have hyperthyroidism why is this the first I have heard of it. I know a lot of cat owners and never a peep.

19 posted on 05/09/2013 10:47:13 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Fawn


20 posted on 05/09/2013 10:53:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: rarestia

Why can’t advocacy pieces just come right out and say what they are?....Because someone familiar with it would just BS and shut down down their whine.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: BitWielder1

Thats got to be it...insidious stuff, ubiquitous, even..

Powerful flame retatdant too.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 10:54:21 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Pontiac

My vet brought this up to me years ago when my cat was diagnosed with HyperT.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 11:03:10 AM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Fawn; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...


24 posted on 05/09/2013 11:13:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fawn

Those lead paint chips we and our kids ate seem pretty mild now, at least that just addelpated us and made us more pliable the government/media manipulations.


25 posted on 05/09/2013 11:17:51 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Fawn

KOKO News???


26 posted on 05/09/2013 11:21:39 AM PDT by Misterioso (The proverbial elephant in the room is kneeling on a prayer rug. -- Don Feder)
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To: Pontiac

I have hypothyroidism and I don’t remember rubbing up against fire retardants. My retired firefighter hubby doesn’t count, right? ;o)


27 posted on 05/09/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Fawn

I keep telling my kitty to get away from those chemicals in that “ nice” Mr Schroedingers’s box


28 posted on 05/09/2013 11:25:04 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: Uncle Miltie


29 posted on 05/09/2013 11:37:49 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

30 posted on 05/09/2013 11:41:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s not killing them, but it may be making them go blind.


31 posted on 05/09/2013 11:46:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boatbums

The kitties in the article reportedly have HYPERthyroidism.


32 posted on 05/09/2013 11:48:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fawn
"YESSSS!"
Grimmy photo biggrimmy.jpg

33 posted on 05/09/2013 11:50:08 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: boatbums

Well maybe if you and he were kinky about turnout gear;)


34 posted on 05/09/2013 11:52:39 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Slings and Arrows


35 posted on 05/09/2013 11:53:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Fawn

Sorry, I have no interest in banning a chemical that benefits humans because it might harm the little kitties. Humans come first.


36 posted on 05/09/2013 12:19:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Pretty shallow and lame. Your true colors are showing...


37 posted on 05/09/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Fawn

What true colors would those be? That I value human life more than cats? I’m fine with people knowing that.


38 posted on 05/09/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: KarlInOhio

I wouldn’t put it past those science crooks


39 posted on 05/09/2013 1:36:41 PM PDT by Psiman (PS I am not a crackpot)
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To: Fawn
Flame retardants are government mandated. This is a fine example of the law of unintended consequences.
40 posted on 05/09/2013 6:18:12 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Fawn

Just call me skeptical. Cats are living longer and therefore developing hyperthyroidism as they age. Its always been present but the veterinary community has just been aware of the disease and actively diagnosing it for around ten years. Outside cats develop it also, shall we consider water a flame retardant?


41 posted on 05/09/2013 8:14:23 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Boogieman

Perhaps cats are ‘canaries in the coal mine’ when it comes to chemicals. There may be some link to autism/learning deficits, etc, according to a few studies. A quick search included this one:
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/6164


42 posted on 05/09/2013 11:27:37 PM PDT by beefree
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To: apillar

Good one!


43 posted on 05/10/2013 12:21:06 AM PDT by tahoeblue
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To: beefree

Could be, but just showing the chemicals can harm mice, or cats, doesn’t mean that they have any significant effect on humans. At the same time, we know that before we added these retardants to furniture, there were a more fatalities from fires. So, it seems to me that we know the chemicals save human lives, while scientists think they might be doing some harm. I’ll take the definite over the indefinite, at least until they have more solid research.


44 posted on 05/10/2013 7:38:52 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

The article did say that fire deaths had been reduced by 50% since fire retardants became the norm in the 70s


45 posted on 05/10/2013 8:35:12 AM PDT by beefree
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To: rarestia; TheOldLady

>The article goes from “this chemical (flame retardants) is killing our cats” to “this chemical everywhere and is killing everyone!”<

Viking Kitties! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!


46 posted on 05/10/2013 8:48:27 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

LOL!

They’re going to have to face the fact that their hysterical, panicky scare tactics are starting to make them look like idiots when no disaster they predict comes true.

“The Boy Who Cried ‘WOLF!’” comes to mind.


47 posted on 05/10/2013 9:24:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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I had a hyperthyroid cat.

I have read elsewhere that there may be a correlation between this condition and the cans that have pop top lids to them. Kitteh had been fed from such cans for years.

But his housemates remained healthy.

I suspect a lot of things are being seen now because strictly indoor cats live much longer and can become quite ancient.
48 posted on 05/10/2013 3:35:13 PM PDT by Nepeta
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