As the name suggests, salt lamps are made of salt – specifically, Himalayan salt. They are often used as decoration or for health benefits, which range from improving respiratory function to alleviating stress and boosting energy levels. While we humans love the benefits and look of a salt lamp in a home, unfortunately for cat owners, they are not safe for your feline friend. In this article, we will take a closer look at salt lamps and learn why they pose a threat to cats.
Dangers Of Salt Lamps and Cats
Cats tend to love salt, but an excessive amount is not good for them. You may have already known this, but have you wondered if there is a difference between the rock salt used in salt lamps and your everyday table salt? Himalayan rock salts can be just as toxic for cats as regular table salt is. Salt lamps are toxic to cats because they contain high levels of sodium.
The accessibility that cats can have to salt lamps can be a big issue as well. Cats like to climb and be on elevated surfaces and if they see a new glowing pink lamp, they may be inclined to discover what it is. Once they get a taste of the salt they will keep coming back for more. Repeated exposure to the minerals from the lamp can cause sodium poisoning, putting your cat in critical condition and possibly fatality.
Effects Of Salt Poisoning
Salt is an essential part of many animals’ diets, but too much salt can be harmful. An excessive amount of salt in a cat’s diet can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. In severe cases, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and even seizures. Dogs and cats are particularly sensitive to the effects of salt, so it is important to keep salt lamps out of reach of these pets. If you do have a salt lamp in your home, make sure your pet always has access to fresh water and keep it out of complete reach from them.
As a cat owner, there are a few things to keep in mind if you have a salt lamp. First, make sure the lamp is out of reach of your cats so they cannot get to it. Second, do not let your cat play with the lamp or lick the salt, as ingesting too much salt can be harmful. Finally, if you have any concerns about whether a salt lamp is safe for your cat, talk to the experts and contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 before using one in your home.