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Offline Cera

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cedar and cats
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:53:09 PM »
My cat has declared these cedar balls her new favorite play toy.

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She batts them about carries them around, puts them in awkward places to complicate the hunt.

I have been searching for a definitive answer. Is cedar toxic to cats or is it not? I don't want to allow her to play with poison, but I also don't want to deny her due to an old wives tale.
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Re: cedar and cats
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 03:47:34 PM »
This would be the ultimate authority:  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-poison-control/

See also http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/plant-list-cats.aspx
I had difficulty reading this list. I thought I saw white cedar mentioned, but couldn't find it again to see which list it was on. I didn't see red cedar, which is what is used for moth repellent. They did say elsewhere on the site not to use cedar in bird cages.

If you don't get a satisfactory answer, I do have an alternative. Cats love nuts still in the shell. Pecans appear to be a favorite. Every year around the holidays my mom gets a bag of assorted nuts and puts them in a bowl on the coffee table. Filberts and pecans are the first to go, and may be found secreted around the house for months afterward.
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Re: cedar and cats
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 11:59:37 PM »
I've searched the list and can't find cedar, red cedar, or western red cedar on either list as an issue for cats.
Also online I've found pages of red cedar cat condo's and scratching posts, but no warnings against these condo's.
So I think I will let her play with her little balls... just not at 4am using them like one of those arcade games where the ball bounces around in my sewing closet.

I might just buy her some pecans for her stocking this holiday season  :biggrin:
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Re: cedar and cats
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 05:57:22 AM »
Wood that emits a strong scent has been an issue for animals that are kept in close confinement to them-- in other words-- caged animals like rabbits, birds and rodents. Cedar emits more volatile/noxious fumes than plain pine shavings. Bear in  mind, Turpentine is made from Pine sap-- Any toys/objects made from cedar or pine are usually going to be safe-- the wood is dried, and then, as an added protection, as the item ages, it actually develops a 'seal'-- that is why cedar lined closets and cedar chests must be sanded periodically-- to open up  new scent containing wood to the air.
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Re: cedar and cats
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011, 09:27:49 AM »
Fascinating. Thanks for the education.
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Re: cedar and cats
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011, 10:01:52 AM »
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Wood that emits a strong scent has been an issue for animals that are kept in close confinement to them-- in other words-- caged animals like rabbits, birds and rodents. Cedar emits more volatile/noxious fumes than plain pine shavings.

Also along this line, when something/someone pees on cedar it turns real acidy and burns their feet, no matter what type of animal is kept on it. so it is not a good bedding for animals that pee in their cages.

but it does great bug repellent added to dogs bed a couple handfuls, and i love my dogs smelling like fresh cedar.
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