This article is personal to me. As a cat lover, I have seen first hand what going all out to have the
perfect lawn can do to your cat. In my case this was the piratic Mr. Spot. The great wanderer and
mischief maker supreme. This is a summary of what I’ve learned the hard way about how our
lawns can affect our cats if we are not careful.
In short, the fertilizers and pesticides we use on our lawns are poisonous to cats. As cats spend a
large chunk of their time outdoors, this puts them at a higher risk of interacting with these toxic
substances. Cats often nibble at grass and plants for medicinal reasons, but even if they do not,
they step in the fertilizer and brush against plants sprayed with pesticides then they lick their fur
and their paws while cleaning themselves.
If ingested in large enough quantities, your cat may start to show the following symptoms:
* Bowel Obstruction
* Muddy-colored Gums
* Breathing Problems
* Strange Posture caused by Abdominal Pain
Constant contact can cause more severe reactions; especially if your cat is young, old, or unwell.
It can lead to eye damage, kidney failure, the GI tract, liver, and muscles.
Indoor cats are not completely immune to the potential problems caused by these products even
though they do not come into direct contact with lawns. Their owners, us, can bring in traces of
the fertilizers and pesticides into the house, which the cat then interacts with. If this laying down
of surface contamination continues over time, your cat can become contaminated too with
dangerous chemicals. The same goes for dogs and children, who can track these things into the
house. All of this puts your cat’s health at risk.
Concerned cat owners can only do so much, but the fight begins on the lawns themselves. You
cannot control what your neighbor’s do to their lawns except by having a conversation if on
friendly terms, but you can control what you put on yours. You can use compost on your lawn,
water it correctly, and leave the clippings where they land, and your lawn will be fresh and
beautiful even without chemical assistance. Considering the health of your cat, the few extra
steps a natural strategy requires is nothing really.