On today’s #FelineFriday let’s talk about second-hand smoke!

What is second-hand smoke?

People who inhale the smoke of tobacco products take “first-hand” smoke into their lungs. Second-hand smoke is the smoke inhaled by non-smokers from one of two sources: the smoke produced by the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe OR the smoke exhaled by the smoker who inhaled it in the first place. Direct contact with a tobacco product is not necessary to be exposed to the dangers of smoking.

Why is this dangerous to my cat?

Cats are more prone to develop cancers of the mouth and lymph nodes because of secondhand smoke. When cats groom themselves, they lick up the toxic substances that have accumulated on their fur.

Did you know?

That cats who live with people who smoke more than a pack of cigarettes a day have three times the risk of developing lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system?

The best step you can take to protect your pets from the effects of secondhand smoke — not to mention protecting your own health in the process — is to stop smoking altogether. If you notice any signs that your pet has been affected my secondhand or thirdhand smoke, contact your veterinarian right away. Catching signs of cancer early can help drastically improve your pet’s chances of recovering from the disease.

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