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The Dangers of Cat Urine and Feces


Homeowners in Victoria, Cowichan, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, and Port Alberni need to be aware the hidden dangers of cat urine and feces

Cat feces are harmful to humans. Cat feces can lead to many zoonotic diseases and allergies. Cat feces are particularly known to be responsible for many fatal diseases including Toxoplasmosis.

Pacific Decontamination Services can kill and neutralize the dangers from cat urine and feces.  We can also eliminate all associated foul odors.

The most common illnesses occurring from cat feces are:

Escherichia Coli bacterial infection-Commonly known as E.coli, this bacterium is responsible for various infections that can affect human and animal digestive system as well as the urinary tract.

If ingested through cat feces, this bacterium can lead to severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Antibiotic treatment is necessary to cure E.coli infections.

Toxoplasmosis- This is another common infection in humans caused by cat feces. Cats often poop in the backyard instead of their designated litter box.

Children playing outdoors in uncovered sandboxes, or adults participating in activities like gardening unknowingly come in contact with such infected soil. Toxoplasmosis can be fatal to the fetus in pregnant women. Most healthy human adults could unknowingly have the organism causing toxoplasmosis (T.Gondii) but their immune system prevents its symptoms from showing.

With elderly patients or patients with weak immune systems, severe symptoms like high fever, diarrhea may develop. Toxoplasma has also been shown to alter our personalities, with infected women 54% more likely to attempt suicide, among other disturbing side effects.

Cat feces also contain roundworm eggs and larvae which can then enter the intestine of humans.

Cat urine is also harmful to humans. If cat urine is allowed to sit for long hours without cleaning, it can emit ammonia which could lead to severe allergic reactions in humans.

Typical symptoms of cat urine allergy include: red eyes, itchiness of the skin, nose, sneezing, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. Highly concentrated ammonia in cat urine can also cause dangerous diseases like pneumonia and bronchitis.

Young persons are at a greater risk from these infections owing to lower immunity and body weight ratio compared to adults.

How to keep safe from dangers of cat feces

Wash your hands thoroughly, especially after petting cats or after performing activities like gardening etc.

Wash fruits and vegetables from home gardens before consuming them.

Educate children about the importance of hand washing after playing in the sandboxes or petting cats.

Avoid placing the litter box in carpeted areas as urine can seep into the rugs and form ammonia crystals.

Immediately clean up cat feces or cat urine when it is outside the litter box.

Use pine or cedar sawdust in the cat’s litter.  These substances absorb urine and prevent urine crystals from forming.

If the cat’s urine is foul smelling it might have a urinary tract infection. Do have it examined and treated promptly by a vet. The same is true in case of cats suffering from diarrhea.

Line the cat litter box with litter lining paper as this can greatly ease the process of emptying the box.

Cover sandboxes and kid’s play areas to prevent cats from littering there.

Clean any spillage outside the litter box immediately. Do not rub the sprayed area-rather, blot it clean using tissues or rags. This will limit the urine/feces to small area and prevent the bacteria from spreading.

Do not use ammonia based cleaners to clean cat urine as the ammonia in the cleaner can react with the ammonia in the cat’s urine.

Pacific Decontamination Services does not use ammonia based cleaners.

Use natural cleaners like diluted Vinegar or baking soda and water to get the urine out. Hydrogen peroxide is also very effective for cleaning soiled areas.

Use gloves when gardening outdoors and also when cleaning the litter box.

Do It Yourself vs. Professional Services by Pacific Decontamination:

The majority of pet odor removal requires professional service. Over the counter, products are stopgap measures at best. They claim to make the odor go away, however, what they do is cover it up. The combination of the fragrance and the family’s desensitization to the smell is just a temporary fix.

Our professional service takes a scientific approach to the problem. The goal is neutralization, not masking. Commercial removal products will counteract the smell instead of covering it up.

Pacific Decontamination Services offer professional, on-site service, effectively neutralizes up to 99.99999% of all bacteria, allergen, fungus, viruses, spores, chemical and biological hazards in your home, vehicle or office.  This includes the elimination of all pet odors and dangers of cat urine and feces.

We use the world’s strongest, most effective and safe antimicrobial disinfectant, deodorization and chemical decontaminate.  It is completely pet safe, eco-friendly and Health Canada approved. Our formula is non-flammable, non-corrosive, contains zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and biodegradable.

Our treatment leaves a non-toxic pH neutral residual barrier to prevent re-growth of bacteria, viruses, and other types of contaminants. We build a shield for you that offers constant protection to you and your pet, and we do so in a way that is verifiable and affordable.  Contact Pacific Decontamination Services – let the professionals help you with your problem.

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