It’s that time of year. My favorite, your sister’s favorite, the Internet’s favorite… Fall!
While the leaves change and the temperature drops, we close our windows and get #festive. I absolutely love the fall ambiance of pumpkin candles, warm tea, and a heated blanket, or as i like to call it, Loki-attractor.
But while we close our windows for the imminent ice age (seriously winter lasts 9 months in Wisconsin) we have to keep a couple of things in mind when we light up a candle, plug in an air freshener, and mop the floor.
Before you light that wick, consider these:
Cats spend all of their time indoors: Unlike you, fresh air isn’t an option (for most!)
Cats are frequently in direct contact with the ground and countertops
Their sense of smell is 14 times stronger than humans
They groom themselves very frequently
They are small!
Unlike humans, cats are at a higher risk of propagating the effects of synthetic chemicals and fragrances used in common household cleaners, candles, and air fresheners. Their livers cannot break down the substances that are ingested which can cause a toxic buildup.
Paraffin wax candles, when burned, create many chemicals that have a harmful effect on humans and pet health. Those chemicals include several volatile organic compounds that produce carcinogenic substances. For example, certain VOCs created when burning a candle can form formaldehyde when combined with ozone in the air. Cheaply made candles create more soot when burned and collect on surfaces that increase your cats risk of ingestion and inhalation.
Toxins can build up very fast during the winter months. Especially if artificial products are used on a daily basis. But this doesn’t mean you need to live in a stinky cat box! You and your kitty can live out your wildest #fallgoals without these dangerous chemicals!
Here are a couple of tips to get you and kitty through the winter months:
Use high quality beeswax candles
Use an essential oil diffuser with high quality, therapeutic grade oils
Cat-safe air purifying plants like a Spider Plant or Sword Fern
Crack a window every now and again!
Along with these tips, another rule of thumb is to keep a door cracked for rooms you are diffusing any type of scent in. This way, it diffuses throughout the house (and hopefully not on to your pet!).
Its time to ring in the new season feeling cozy, healthy, and happy knowing we can enjoy our fall aesthetic without harmful chemicals!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go watch the Great British Baking Show under a plush blanket (topped with kitty) with pumpkin bread in one hand and hot cider in another.