Radioactive cat litter
Radioactive cat litter
Litter box fillers made from absorbent clay account for approximately 95% of all cat litter. Although inexpensive, clay litter can be dusty and can encourage rummaging in the litter box, releasing even more dust. What’s so interesting or scary about these cat litter facts?
Read on for a surprising eye-opener. Sodium bentonite expands when wet – it can absorb several times its dry weight in water. It is mostly used in drilling mud in the oil and gas well drilling industry. But bentonite, a clay that’s usually yellow or greenish-gray, isn’t just used by the energy industry. Traditional clay-based cat litter contains sodium bentonite as a binding agent. Because clay usually contains elevated levels of naturally occurring radionuclides, large amounts of cat litter can be measurably radioactive. Most cat litter contains clay or sodium bentonite because it is highly absorbent. The clay in the cat litter emits enough gamma rays (gamma rays) to set off a detector. Yes, the clay in cat litter does emit radiation in very small amounts.
That’s not all that makes you worry late at night. Bentonite toxicosis can occur in cats from ingesting clay cat litter. Suspected bentonite toxicosis in a cat from ingestion of clay cat litter was originally published in Journal of Veterinary and Human Toxicology Vol. 38, No. 6, October 1996 (Fred Oehme, DVM, Editor). Products that are traditionally considered non-toxic can cause toxicosis. Bentonite toxicosis causes hypokalemia and macrocytic hypochromic anemia consistent with iron deficiency anemia. The cat in this study became ill from chronic ingestion of cat litter containing bentonite. The signs in this cat were strikingly similar to those reported in humans from chronic ingestion of bentonite clays. If you scrape your cat litter at least once a day, inhaling the dust produced over several years, is that enough to cause bentonite toxicosis in you?
We should think twice about bringing clay cat litter into our homes and exposing our cats and families to these health hazards. Natural Cat Litter is a disinfected toilet filler that controls odor naturally. No clay, radioactive materials or health hazards are used in these stretchers. There are many natural cat litters on the market today made from a variety of materials such as pine, corn, newspaper and wheat. There is no need to worry or potentially suffer devastating health problems from clay cat litter. Switch to natural cat litter and protect the lives of all members of your family, not just your cats.
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