Cigarette smoking has broken up lives for years–anyone who’s had to watch a loved one battle lung or throat cancer knows the pain all too well. But, new research shows that it’s not just humans who are affected by deadly second-hand smoke.
Second-hand smoke increases health risks to pets as well!
“Think about a cat, what does it spend most of its time doing? Licking its fur,” says Andrea Midgen from the Auckland, Austrailia SPCA.
All the toxins that are in that cat’s fur then go into its body.
But cats aren’t the only pets at risk either. Even fish are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, respiratory problems, and even cancer, from their owner’s dirty habits.
“Water soaks up all the pollutions out of the air, and the poor fish are swimming around in that,” says Midgen.
Recent research suggests that cats in households with a smoker are almost two and a half times more likely to develop malignant lymphoma as cats with no exposure, and the risk increases 3.2 times more in cats exposed for five+ years.
Share if you pledge to not smoke around pets! Their lives depend on it!