The respiratory threat from silica dust
Post Time: 2020-04-14While humans are fighting respiratory diseases, they should also be aware of the threat of cat litter to the cat ’s respiratory system.
Clay-based cat litters contain silica dust. Prolonged exposure to silica dust causes silicosis, a non-cancerous but sometimes fatal lung disease. Although exposure to this dust is of great concern to those working in mines or on construction sites, silica dust can be kicked up and breathed in by both cats and humans. The effect on cat owners, especially when cleaning litter boxes, is almost unknown.