Mews and Nips: The Mystery of the Wasting House Cats


Last week, the New York Times featured an outstanding article exploring the topic of feline hyperthyroidism. 40 years ago, this disease did not exist. Today, it has become an epidemic among domestic cats. Increasingly, scientists think that PBDE’s, a class of flame retardants that is routinely added to household products ranging from furniture to carpets to electronics, may be to blame for this alarming increase in cases. The Mystery of the Wasting House Cats is a must read for all cat parents.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we featured some wisdom from Charlie Chaplin, on Monday, we explained how cats communicate through marking behavior, on Tuesday, I introduced you to a line of “leafy” cat trees, on Wednesday, we told you what you need to know when hiring a cat sitter, and on Friday, we reviewed Adventure Cats. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chain link cat bracelet from Triple T Studios!

For many of us, Saturday is chore day, and today’s video proves what we already know: cats are such good little helpers! (If you’re reading this in your email program, you may need to click through to our website – not all email programs support embedded videos.)

Have a great weekend!

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3 Comments on Mews and Nips: The Mystery of the Wasting House Cats

  1. NB
    May 27, 2017 at 3:05 am (4 years ago)

    Many of a the cats in a feral colony that I feed have died from Hyperthyroidism (even though we take them in when diagnosed and treat them with meds). They are in a local park, so no flame retardants there (we hope!).

    • mischas mom
      June 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Possibly no flame retardants in a public park, but likely a LOT of pesticides! They make our local gardeners wear hazmat suits when they spray the park grass that the residents (of all ages) play in and lay down upon.


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