The Pots and Pans You Cook With May Be Harmful to Your Pets

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The Pots and Pans You Cook With May Be Harmful to Your Pets

Our teakettle died yesterday, and while most of you probably don’t use one, I use mine tea kettle www.tweidman.comeveryday to make my tea (I'm from England-I don’t drink coffee--hate the stuff).  Of course, this was an emergency and we went out early today to find a new one.
What does this have to do with cooking utensils being harmful to your pets? The little pamphlet that came with my KitchenAid tea kettle (you know, the ones we never read) had a Pet Warning--so I read it.

This is what it told me:

  • fumes from everyday cooking can be harmful to your bird and other small pets (undefined); particularly smoke from burning foods. Really, I never heard of this....I kept reading.  
  • Cooking sprays, fats, margarines, oils and butter when overheated will create dangerous fumes which can overwhelm a bird’s respiratory system.
  • Scorched plastic handles, and non-stick cookware contain (a long word but PTFE for short) which can also emit harmful fumes.

Never allow your cooking utensils (pots, frying pans, etc) to overheat if you have birds or other small animals. Ventilate the kitchen immediately if that does happen, and take the bird to another area.

I wanted to confirm this info before I posted it and the ASPCA has a whole page on how to
keep your bird safe from kitchen dangers. They have lots of interesting dont’s including don’t let your bird fly free when you may be opening the oven door. Uh Oh, cooked bird. It also mentions the following are hazadous to birds:

  • - avocados - onions
  • - garlicParrots
  • - chocolate in any form
  • - coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • - tea
  • - yeast dough
  • - salt
  • - tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • - potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • - rhubarb leaves
  • - cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • - moldy or spoiled foods
  • - alcoholic beverages

So don’t serve them those for dinner. I don't have birds as pets (I'm allergic) but I would hate to see anyone's pet harmed.

All this from reading a tea kettle pamphlet...who knew?

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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Toni: This is such a good post for pet must have taken you some time to put together.



May 02, 2012 07:02 AM #5
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

I never read my booklets, might just check it out nexttime.. Thanks for sharing I would have never known...


May 02, 2012 07:13 AM #6
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Toni - wow, who knew there are so many harmful thing to birds?! We have a bearded dragon (Thelma) and whenever we get our home fumigated for spiders we take her out to the car until the coast is clear. Gotta watch over the little critters!

May 02, 2012 07:59 AM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I had no idea.  I used to have fish in my kitchen, but we've never had a bird.    Great info.

May 02, 2012 08:56 AM #8
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Good information.  Don't have a bird but you know ,they used to use parakeets in coal mines to detect fumes that could kill humans in higher doses.  I think that pamphlet is giving you a clue, without fully disclosing, that this stuff ain't great for us either.

May 02, 2012 10:05 AM #9
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I wasn't aware that birds could be affected by so many things in the kitchen. Great information to get out.


May 02, 2012 11:38 AM #10
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Toni

Toni my friend, this here sure is an outstanding and mighty helpful blog post for folks to keep Bird and small family pet members safe! I sure had not ever heard of any of those things.

Folks sure are going to really appreciate writing and posting this here blog post!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 02, 2012 11:51 AM #11
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Toni, this article might be a great addition to your buyer's folders if they have pets.  You know lots of people buy new pots and pans for their new house.  Like a couple of other wonder what that stuff does to us too.

May 02, 2012 12:49 PM #12
Heather Milbourn
South Beaches Real Estate Professional - Seminole, FL

Hi Toni Great info and i didn't realize you are a fellow Brit - however i'm not a tea drinker love my coffee

May 02, 2012 09:00 PM #13
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Toni, Growing up with Parakeets who flew around our house freely and we never gave thought to any of the naive we were!

May 02, 2012 10:01 PM #14
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Toni. Who knew is right: certainly not me. Once again you have provided terrific information that is essential to people who care for pets. Thank you.

May 02, 2012 10:53 PM #15
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Thank you everyone. I hope this helps get the word out.

Alexandra - thank you. You are very sweet. I'm kind of glad birds don't eat avocados--more for me. :)

Andrew - I was thinking that as I was writing and thinking about how young children might be affected. When my son was small, he played in the kitchen while I cooked. He had a drawer full of plastic things to play with.

Leslie - you're right! They did use those poor little things in the mines.

Jerry - once I read that article, I was off and running. I can't stand not knowing if something is true. :)

Mona - great idea! Thanks.

Tammy - I don't think it affects fish (unless you're planning on frying them).

Jim - thank you.

Anita - once I got started; I was fascinated and had to write it.

Caron - I don't usually--maybe I will from now on. Always open to learning something new!

Kristine - I would love to see Thelma sometime-how about a picture. You are a responsible pet parent!

Rich - I was surprised too by some of it.

Dale - thank you!

Heather - I have always had to have my morning cuppa but I used to drink coffee with dinner--these days I just can't drink it.

Sheila and Larry - we did too. Who knew???

Sheila A - thank you. It's amazing to me how much we don't know about our pets.

May 02, 2012 10:56 PM #16
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate


Another great post for pet owners.  It's amazing how much "people stuff" can be toxic to pets and animals.  Very important info --- thank you for sharing!

May 03, 2012 12:15 AM #17
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great info Toni..I always worry about any pet owner not taking good care of them, and I had no idea about birds...

May 03, 2012 12:26 AM #18
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Toni,

 I agree with everyone above; great information and so important to our pets. I will take a look on that site to make sure I am not harming my darling puppies. Happy Thursday.

May 03, 2012 03:29 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Toni- i had to stop by to read this. I never would have thought to read the little info that comes with a tea kettle!  I've always heard that chocolate, for example, can be dangerous for your dogs but never knew any of that about birds.  I also heard that grapes were bad for dogs as well.

May 03, 2012 11:52 AM #20
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

William - that is very true (no pun intended); there iKris a lot of things that we think of as wonderful that are harmful to them. Kathy mentioned chocolate which is really bad for dogs and cats too. The ASPCA site that I gave the link to above has great info on stuff that is harmful to pets.

Kristin J  - I never realized that about birds either but maybe because I don't have them as pets. I love them but can't have them in the house.  They are delicate creatures.

Kristin H - There are many things that doggies and cats should have too. The ASPCA site has a wealth of info.

Kathy - It must have been a slow day :). I don't usually (well, to be honest my last kettle lasted 11 years so I hadn't had a chance to catch up on kettle issues :); but I'm glad I did this time. I didn't know about grapes you might check on that at the ASPCA site. Chocolate is bad for cats too from what I understand.



May 03, 2012 10:36 PM #21
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

That is probably why they had canaries in the coal mines, I'd bet.  The bird keels over, and you probably will, too. 


May 03, 2012 11:47 PM #22
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I had no idea, but those poor birds don't have much lung capacity either.  None of that is good for us either.  Even the shampoos we use are poisonous!

May 05, 2012 12:44 AM #23
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Ron - I think that's exactly right.

Suzanne - none of that is good for us. I agree!

May 05, 2012 09:00 AM #24
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