posted on Mar, 29 2011 @ 09:35 AM
Originally posted by Skewed
I have read up on this smell and the health risks. It seems that generally ammonia irritation is relatively harmless and some of the articles go on to
talk about severe reactions or prolonged exposure affects. What would constitute prolonged exposure? Would from every Friday to Sunday be considered
prolonged exposure when there is also continuous coughing from at least Monday to Wednesday?
Are you working at a veterinary office with lots of cats and changing litter daily? If so, I would wear a mask.
Continuous coughing could also be from dust particles.
Many, many people own multiple cats, with no health problems, but if you're exposed to the kitty litter dust on a continuous basis, that comes with
problems of its own. Apparently, the clumping kind is the worst.
What makes it clump? It's a natural clay ingredient called sodium bentonite. In this case, "natural" is not always safe. Here's the problem:
When this clay gets wet it expands and forms a hard mass. So when your cat or kitten digs in the litter box it's stirring up clay dust and breathing
it in. Once it gets into their lungs, it expands from the moisture, and in time builds up, causing all sorts of lung problems
It sounds as though it would irritate people's lungs too, if around the dust too much.