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the dirt on dust: the dangers of crystalline silica and silica dust

unfortunately, feline lung disorders have become far too common. upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, silicosis and lung cancer can all compromise proper feline lung function and endanger your cat’s health. luckily, as the conversation continues to evolve, more and more concerned cat owners are actively exploring ways to reduce the number of risks their four-pawed friends are exposed to. for many cat parents, this heightened awareness has prompted a move away from litter containing crystalline silica.

sadly, silica litter puts our feline counterparts at risk whenever nature calls. silica dust can be kicked up and inhaled by both cats and humans. what’s worse, silica crystals often stick to cats’ paws, and the dust frequently settles on their fur, leading to ingestion whenever a cat grooms itself. and while many clay litter users still aren’t fully aware of the dangers associated with crystalline silica, the research is decidedly more certain.

A 2001 study published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association associated silica dust with feline respiratory issues. In September 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a proposal contending that “crystalline silica particles put workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease.”

while no studies have yet explored the adverse effects of silica litter on human health, one might wonder: why risk it? sWheat Scoop® is a chemical-free, worry-free alternative that protects you, your cat and your family from the risks associated with traditional clay litter. our effective natural formula isn’t harmful if ingested, and it produces no dangerous dust. sWheat Scoop is simply better. better for pets, people and the planet.


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