Cats are very unfavorable to various pungent odors. So, they hate the flavors of citrus, onion and garlic, spices, vinegar, perfume, gasoline, acetone, and much more. But the reaction of cats to bleach is simply amazing, because many Pets simply adore its specific smell. Let’s try to figure out what exactly the reason is.
Why cats are attracted to the smell of chlorine
Almost every home has disinfectants containing chlorine in their composition. They are usually used for washing floors, plumbing, and dishes. In addition, chlorine is also found in many Laundry bleachers.
Chlorine-containing products are effective, popular, and generally inexpensive. But they smell unpleasant and sharp. But many cats and cats like the smell of chlorine. It is only when they catch her spirit that they become agitated: rolling on the floor, purring and purring. Their pupils dilate. What is so attractive to chlorine for domestic moustaches?
No one knows exactly why cats have such a reaction to chlorine and all the drugs that contain it, but these animals have a very developed sense of smell. Researchers believe that chlorine contains certain substances that mimic sexual cat pheromones, which are normally released together with the urine of animals. It is believed that the smell of chlorine is so pleasant to purrers, because it causes a hormonal reaction, signaling a possible imminent mating with an individual of the opposite sex. A similar reaction, by the way, happens in cats and Catnip-the plant kotovnik.
Is chlorine dangerous for cats
It has already been mentioned that a cat or cat likes chlorine as much as Catnip. But if sniffing and even eating leaves kotovnika does not harm Pets, then chlorine-containing substances can cause irreparable harm to the health of the tailed pet. By the way, chlorine can be poisonous not only for animals, but also for their owners and their children.
Poisoning cats with bleach at home, as a rule, occurs as follows:
- The cat licks bleach from the floor or plumbing immediately after cleaning. It also happens that an enterprising animal independently overturns a bottle with a chlorine-containing substance, and then licks the drops of the product that have spilled on the floor;
- The cat inhaled chlorine. Chlorine fumes are present for a long time in an unventilated closed room, they have an extremely negative effect on the condition of the animal and can harm  people;
- The animal ate dry bleach. There are situations when the cat likes the smell of chlorine to such an extent that it is even ready to eat chlorine powder, while the owner does not see.
Signs of chlorine poisoning in a cat
Of course, no owner will watch their pet eat a substance with chlorine. But the cat can easily taste the poison on the sly when no one is around. The owner, whose cat likes the smell of chlorine, should know what the symptoms are  of poisoning with this substance:
- Vomiting and complete refusal to eat;
- Sore throat and spasm of the vocal cords (the cat meows hoarsely and strangely);
- There may be bleeding sores in the mouth (on the tongue, cheeks, palate, and gums) if the cat is full of bleach;
- Increased salivation, the fur on the neck is all wet;
- Severe abdominal pain (cat sitting in a hunched position);
- White foam from the mouth;
- Discoloration of the coat if the cat swallowed bleach with chlorine;
- From cats specifically smells, if in bleach was soiled wool;
- The animal may have difficulty breathing, severe coughing, and choking when inhaling chlorine fumes;
- Lacrimation, burning and redness of the mucous membranes of the eyes, deterioration of vision up to complete blindness, if chlorine got into the cat’s eyes;
- Clear discharge from the nose;
- When chlorine poisoning animals behave strangely. Some cats become extremely restless, while others are apathetic;
- With severe poisoning, loss of consciousness is possible.
What to do if the cat is poisoned with chlorine
A pet that has swallowed chlorine should be given as much as possible to drink (in addition to water, you can give milk). So you can quickly remove toxins from the body. But it is impossible to cause vomiting in an animal without the consent of a veterinarian.
You need to open the Windows so that fresh air enters the room. The pet’s eyes, if they get chlorine, must be washed with a large amount of running water. In addition, it is necessary to wash off the product with water from the animal’s skin, and rinse the mouth with water. And then it is urgently required to deliver the injured poor man to the veterinary clinic. Without timely veterinary care, a fatal outcome is not excluded.
How to protect your pet
Unfortunately, you can not just force your pet to give up the love of chlorine. If the cat licks bleach or loves to spend time in a room where recently was disinfected with the use of this chemical, the owner will have to constantly be on the lookout for trouble. Here are some methods that can protect a pet that has a love for chlorine:
- All products with chlorine should be stored in places where the cat does not have access. For example, in boxes with doors that lock with a key;
- After cleaning with chlorine, it is better to finally wipe all the surfaces with a cloth soaked in clean water;
- The room where you just washed the floor with bleach, you need to very carefully ventilate;
- While cleaning the room with bleach the cat is best closed in another room;
- At home, you should not use highly concentrated professional chlorine-containing products without special need. Even ordinary household bleach with a low chlorine content is better to dilute with 1:1 water to reduce the risk of pet poisoning;
- Some Housewives, in the old way, soak their underwear in water with the addition of chlorine bleach in basins. It is dangerous to do this if there is a cat in the house. An animal can drink such poisonous water with pleasure;
- Perhaps the owner of a cat that loves the smell of chlorine, it makes sense to think about buying products that do not contain this toxic chemical. The same oxygen bleachers, for example, instead of aggressive chlorine contain hydrogen peroxide, to which animals are indifferent.