Are Salt Lamps Bad for Cats? What Do I Do If They Eat One?


Himalayan salt lamps can create an atmosphere in your home that you find soothing, but what about your pets? Is it safe to keep salt lamps with a cat in the house? What happens if your cat eats one?

Salt lamps have the potential to cause salt toxicity in cats if they lick or eat it. Cats can jump on high surfaces where salt lamps are usually located. This means that they can come into contact with a salt lamp and subsequently develop salt toxicity.

Whether your cat is at risk depends on how much salt lamp they have consumed.

Why are salt lamps dangerous for pets?

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Overconsumption of salt is toxic to cats. Salt poisoning causes side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, neurological dysfunction and death.

Cats need moderate amounts of salt in their diet for their body cells to function properly. The recommended maximum daily salt intake for a healthy adult cat is 16.7 mg.

How do Himalayan salt lamps work?

A salt lamp is a source of light and a decorative piece in many homes, but it can also be therapeutic. Himalayan salt lamps are promoted as a natural way to induce calm and improve well-being. They are believed to release negatively charged sodium (salt) ions when heated to provide salt therapy. Salt therapy is believed to help increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in calming and relaxation. These lamps are also believed to act as air purifiers and improve air quality. the scientific evidence for any of these claims is lacking, however.

How to Stop Your Salt Lamp from Harming Your Cat

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The problem with salt lamps and cats is access. They are also toxic to dogs, but preventing a dog from accessing the lamp can be as simple as placing it high up and out of reach. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work for cats.

Your cat can easily jump and climb high ledges and shelves to lick a salt lamp. This allows them to overdose on salt and develop salt poisoning.

There is no way to prevent your cat from accessing a salt lamp unless it is kept in a room that your cat is not allowed access to.

Final Thoughts

Salt lamps can be toxic to cats as they can cause a sodium overdose in cats. This can be fatal to your pet, so it’s important not to allow them access to any type of salt lamp. The best way to protect your cat is to avoid keeping salt lamps in your home where your cat can access them.

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