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!

We are a nation of pet-lovers and obviously we all want to make sure our pets are safe, whether outside the home, or in the home. So what about the objects that we have around our home that could potentially be dangerous to our pet? We can’t guarantee that the cat won’t climb the curtains and get stuck on top of the curtain pole, or that the dog won’t chew your slippers, but there are items around our homes that we need to ensure are pet friendly.

Whilst we don’t want to be accused of scaremongering, we do think it only right to highlight potential issues of owning a salt lamp and how they might impact the welfare of your pet. There are a few things you should consider when purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp – let’s check some of them out before you head out to buy one.

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. If they observe something new in their home they will want to check it out by looking, smelling, touching, rubbing, and possibly licking it to see if it presents an imminent danger.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp then you need to be aware of how this 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. They are believed to help in areas such as:

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

As you can see from the list above these would also be beneficial to pets as well as their human owners.

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?

Whilst salt lamps are believed to offer a calming atmosphere they can be harmful to your pet, especially cats as they can access even the most challenging areas. Cats are curious creatures and love to jump onto high surfaces, while dogs are restricted to floor level furniture, or what they can stretch up to. Either way, careful consideration is needed when deciding on where to place your salt lamp as over-licking 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. If that occurs only occasionally that may be okay, but they could also acquire a taste for it which unfortunately could potentially be fatal.  If you are aware that your pet is constantly licking the salt lamp you should immediately move it and then observe your pet carefully. Seek immediate veterinary assistance if they suffer from any of the following.

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, or can manage only a little bit of it then do not delay in seeking veterinary support. Any delay in treatment could lead to the death of your pet.


So are Himalayan Salt lamps safe for cats (and dogs)? Owning a Himalayan Salt lamp should not present problems if placed in the correct position and pets are regularly monitored. Just choose your location carefully and both you and your pet can enjoy the benefits of owning a Himalayan Salt lamp.

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