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Some cats are so convinced that bleach smells like cat urine that they may start urinating on those areas, so keep that in mind the next time you consider breaking out the bleach!
Many felines seem to have a penchant for bleach. The chlorine in bleach (as well as the ammonia in other cleaning products) can smell similar to the biochemical odor of feline pee.
Felines can smell things that we can't due to their highly sensitive olfactory senses.
Bleach decontaminates surfaces because its superpower is to break down proteins found in viruses, germs and fungi.
However, bleach is corrosive to animals. It causes ulcerations of the eyes, skin, paw pads, lining of the respiratory tract, mouth and intestine.
Household bleach (5-6% hypochlorite) should preferably be used at a dilution of 1:32 if a cat is in the house - this concentration is effective for many daily tasks if left in contact for 10-15 minutes. Stronger, it risks being very dangerous for humans and cats.
The safest solution is to exclude cats (and any other pets) from areas where chemicals are used, rinse off any residue, and allow the area to dry completely afterwards.
Also, avoid using very hot water to dilute your bleach. By using cold water, you will prevent the bleach from vaporizing and being breathed in by you or your feline.
Add bleach to water (not water to bleach) to prevent splashing and spraying of concentrated bleach outside the designated area, onto surfaces, eyes/faces, clothes and especially on curious felines!
Felines, like other animals, are particularly aware of the smell of bleach, it makes them want to do their business in order to cover the smell, but why? Well, it would come from the chemical structure of the product.
The acidity level present in this liquid is almost similar to that of urine. We think that felines, with their particularly developed sense of smell, would mistake this smell for urine, so they would try to cover this smell by marking it.
Yes, bleach is a product that can be dangerous for our pets and our felines in particular, especially if it is consumed.
We strongly advise against cleaning with bleach.
In addition, you should know that there is a wide range of decontaminating products and above all much less dangerous and toxic for our animals.
Practical information: If your feline consumes bleach, it is necessary to contact your veterinarian and/or the animal poison control center near you.
In conclusion, keep your feline away when using household products containing bleach or use a non-bleach product, such as white vinegar, to clean your home and guarantee the well-being of your animal.
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