Skip to comments.Scientists: Ubiquitous household chemical could be killing cats
Posted on 05/09/2013 10:18:44 AM PDT by Fawn
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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?
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:
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.
The article did say that fire deaths had been reduced by 50% since fire retardants became the norm in the 70s
>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!!!!!!
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.
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