…and this time, it’s not petfood from China! On Dreamland, Linda Howe often reports on mysterious cat mutilations across the US. Now something else is killing our cats?a mysterious epidemic of thyroid disease. Researchers may have finally found the cause: exposure to dust from flame retardants in household carpeting, furniture, fabrics and pet food.

Veterinarian Janice A. Dye has evidence linking the disease to exposure to environmental contaminants called PBDEs, which she found to be elevated in blood samples of hyperthyroid cats. Her findings were based on analysis of blood samples from 23 pet cats, 11 of which had the disease, termed feline hyperthyroidism (FH). PBDE levels in the hyperthyroid cats were three times as high as those in younger, non-hyperthyroid cats.

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