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Is Baking Soda Safe for Cats? What You Need to Know!

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Baking soda provides many useful purposes around the home, and it’s natural to wonder if it’s safe to use around your cat. The short answer is yes, you can use baking soda around your cat, and they can even consume it in small amounts, but there are important things you should consider before using too much.

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If your cat ingests a large amount of baking soda, it can be harmful. However, they would need to eat more than a teaspoon per pound of body weight, and since baking soda has a salty, bitter taste, it’s unlikely your cat will eat it at all.

If a cat does eat too much, it can result in an electrolyte imbalance due to decreased potassium and calcium and increased sodium levels. Symptoms of baking soda toxicity include diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath, disorientation, seizures and tremors, increased thirst, and signs of dehydration. If you notice any of these symptoms after your cat has eaten baking soda, it’s important to get them to the vet immediately.

Another thing to remember is that baking soda and baking powder are different. Baking powder is for cooking, and it contains a dry acid that activates when mixed with water. Baking powder is much more harmful to your cat, and you should always make sure you’re using the right product.

Is Baking Soda Good for My Cat?

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The 8 Uses of Baking Soda for Cats

There are a great many uses for baking soda around the home, and many of them involve your cat.

1. Deodorize the Litter Box

One of the best uses for baking soda is to remove odors, and nowhere are odors as strong as the litter box. Mixing a few teaspoons of baking soda with the litter can go a long way toward making the area small better.

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2. Deodorize Bedding

Another area that can develop a cat smell is their bedding or any other location in the home that they frequent. If you can’t put the bedding in the washer, sprinkle some baking soda over the area and allow it to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

If you do place the bedding in the washer adding a cup of baking soda can help deodorized material, so you don’t need to resort to chemical fragrances or harmful essential oils.

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3. Kill Fleas

Baking soda is a salt product, and as such, can be used to kill fleas and does a great job killing the larvae and eggs before they can mature. The high sodium content dehydrates the parasites and is very effective at reducing and eliminating the flea population in your home and on your cat. Sprinkle baking soda anywhere you notice fleas, and allow it to remain to do its work. After 24 hours, vacuum the remaining powder along with the eggs, larva, and fleas it killed. Repeat the process every 3 to 4 days and do it 3 times to make sure you eliminate all fleas.
You can also apply baking soda directly to your cat’s fur to help eliminate a flea infestation. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 3 cups of water and apply this solution into your cat’s fur avoiding the face. Massage well and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing very well with water and towel drying. Repeat every 3 to 4 days and 3 times to eliminate all remaining fleas.

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4. Cleaning Accidents

If your cat has an accident on a carpet, you can use baking soda to clean it by mixing it with equal parts white vinegar to create a paste. Apply the paste to the soiled area and let’s sit for several minutes before cleaning up with a sponge.

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5. Stop Bleeding Toenails

If you’ve trimmed your cat’s nails too short and caused bleeding, you can quickly stop it by placing that nail in baking soda and applying pressure.

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6. Bee Stings

If your cats like ours and it loves to chase bees, it’s bound to get stung. To ease the pain and swelling, mix some baking soda with water to create a paste and apply it to the area after you’ve removed the stinger.

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7. Pet Safe Toothpaste

Another great use of baking soda is as a pet-safe toothpaste. Simply dip a damp toothbrush into baking soda and use it to clean your pet’s teeth. It works extremely well and is less expensive than commercial brands. You also don’t need to worry about the dangerous chemical sweetener xylitol found in many human kinds of toothpaste.

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8. Removing Skunk Smell

If your cat gets in a tangle with a skunk, baking soda can help remove the smell. Here is a great recipe from the Humane Society. It’s for a dog but will work just as well on a cat.

De-Skunk Ingredients

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp liquid dish soap

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients and apply liberally to your cat without getting any in their eyes.
  2. Rinse quickly, as peroxide can bleach the fur.
  3. Wash your cat with pet shampoo and rinse.

 

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Summary: Is Baking Soda Harmful to Cats

If your cat has eaten some baking soda, it’s going to be just fine. It’s very unlikely it will eat the quantity required to cause harmful side effects, and there are plenty of uses for it around the home. We find ourselves using it to deodorize the bedding and brush teeth regularly. We also put it in the litter box, and if needed, we’ll sprinkle it around to kill fleas.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our look into the risks of baking soda and have found it helpful. If you learned a few new uses for baking soda you hadn’t heard before, please share this guide for using baking soda around your cat on Facebook and Twitter.

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