Are Himalayan salt lamps safe for cats?

Salt lamps and cats – is my pet safe near a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Are Himalayan salt lamps safe for cats? Oh, and we mustn’t forget about the dogs!

In a nation full of pet lovers, we are all concerned about the safety of our pets. No matter where we are, in the house, or even outside the house, as pet owners we have a duty of care.

What about the objects around our home that may be dangerous to our pets? Well, we cannot guarantee the cat won’t climb the curtains. Or that your dog won’t chew up your slippers! But bearing this in mind we need to consider that there are some items that we need to make sure are pet-friendly around our homes.

Whilst we don’t want to be accused of scaremongering we feel it is important to highlight a few things. You should understand that as a pet owner you need to consider how owning a salt lamp might affect your pet’s welfare. So are salt lamps bad for cats?

Are Himalayan Salt Lamps safe for cats and dogs?

Cats, and dogs, are naturally inquisitive animals and will regularly check out their territory for anything new or out of place. This is perfectly natural behavior and shows they are alert to any possible dangers in their vicinity. However, if they observe something new in their home they will want to check it out. So by looking, smelling, touching, rubbing, and possibly licking it they can see if it presents an imminent danger.

Remember, you need to be aware of how purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp might affect your pet.

Benefits and negatives of owning a Himalayan Salt lamp.

It is believed there are health benefits to owning a Himalayan Salt lamp and whilst these have not been scientifically proven there are many who believe in the positive impact owning one can have. To help with this we have listed some below for you to have a look at.

  • Health & wellbeing
  • Help with respiratory problems
  • Create a serene and calming atmosphere
  • Act as an aid to a restful nights sleep

Whether you agree with the health benefits listed or not, we think you will agree that the benefits would benefit both humans and their pets.

We have covered this topic in more detail in our article called the Pros and Cons of Himalayan Salt lamps

What should I look out for?

By placing salt lamps throughout the home they create a calming atmosphere. Remember where they are placed could cause harm to your pet. For instance, if you own a cat you will know they can access even the most challenging areas. As we all know cats are curious creatures and love to jump onto high surfaces. However, dogs are restricted to furniture at floor level, or only those areas where they can stretch up to. With this in mind you must give careful consideration as to where you place your salt lamp. If your pet over-licks the lamp the salt will cause toxicity in your pet.

As a cat owner, or dog owner, we all know our pets, their favorite hiding places, their eating habits, or where they like to sleep at different times throughout the day. By understanding this behavior you will be able to work out where the best, and safest, location is to place your salt lamp.

Best places to place your Himalayan salt lamp if you have pets

  • Flat surface
  • Level shelving
  • Away from pets sleeping area
  • Not close to pets feeding station
  • Not near the cats litter tray
  • Out of reach for stretching dogs
  • High non-reachable areas for cats

What to watch out for if your pet licks the salt on Himalayan salt lamps?

Your cat, or dog, may be curious enough to lick the surface of the salt lamp. Whilst an occasional lick of the lamp should not do any harm to your pet you need to be careful. Unfortunately, your pet could acquire a taste for the salt which could be harmful to them.  If you are aware your pet is constantly licking the salt lamp move it immediately. Remember to observe your pet carefully and seek help if required.

Possible symptoms in salt poisoning in dogs and cats

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Tremors
  • Coma

NOTE: If you believe your pet has ingested too much salt offer your cat, or dog, fresh water immediately. If they do not drink any of the fresh water offered seek veterinary support right away. This should apply if your pet consumes only a small amount of fresh water. Remember any delay in treatment could lead to the death of your pet.

Treatment for salt toxicity in cats

If your cat has ingested too much salt you must get them to a qualified veterinarian. Be aware that your pet may need to remain in the hospital. You need to understand that they may require an infusion to slowly allow their blood to return to the correct sodium and chloride levels. You also need to understand that high levels of salt can cause severe neurological problems so keep a close eye on your pet for any sign of neurological issues. Some advice may be available via a pet poison helpline. But remember any medical intervention will need to be delivered by a professional.

Summary

Now you know about the Himalayan salt lamp warning. So, are Himalayan Salt lamps safe for cats (and dogs)? If you own a Himalayan Salt lamp it should not present problems for your furry friends if you remember to place it in the correct location. You also need to monitor your pets regularly. If you have followed the guidelines you, and your pet, can enjoy the benefits of owning a Himalayan Salt lamp.

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