Cats, by nature, have a heightened sense of curiosity. If you are a cat parent you’d know how difficult it is for you to keep them away from anything that fascinates them. To top it over, being a resin artist with a pet cat around can be consuming if your fur baby is full of energy. So you just started working with resin but you are not sure is resin toxic for cats? Here’s what you need to know about working with resin while your cat is around.

I have a 4-month-old Persian kitten. He is lovely, lively, and a sleepy bum. I haven’t seen him bother me yet while I am working with resin. Two years back I had a stray cat. The stray was always curious about my work and followed me to my workspace every time. She had to be everywhere I was. It was super hard to keep her out of my art studio. But till the time she was with me, thankfully I never had any major episodes of her getting sick because of resin ingestion. The only difficult time was when she accidentally got resin stuck on her hind legs and fur. I was a newbie to epoxy and had a tough time getting resin off her fur as it had hardened by the time I saw it.

Having a pet who cannot control being inquisitive is not an easy situation to deal with. You may take all necessary precautions but still, small accidents may happen sometimes. I learned it through my experience and from so many other people from around the globe whose queries on google were the same as mine, ‘how to keep my cat safe from epoxy resin?’ 

is resin toxic for cats

What Is Epoxy Resin?

Epoxy resin is a fluid art medium. It comes in two components, part A is resin and part B is the hardener. When we mix the two components in the brand suggested ratio it cures and solidifies like hard plastic.

Epoxy resin is used to create furniture, doors, trays, soap dishes, pen stands, tables, nameplates, and many more. The use of epoxy resin has become common these days as more and more people are using it to create various art forms like resin paintings and geodes.

My Cat Ate Some Resin. Is Resin Toxic For Cats? 

Epoxy resin is not toxic until it is mixed with the hardener. Once resin and hardener are mixed together, a chemical reaction takes place. This is when epoxy resin becomes harmful to our pets too. It emits fumes and starts warming after a few minutes of mixing. 

Cats can get sick if it ingests resin. A small amount of resin when licked can cause the cat to drool thick strings from the mouth and nose and sometimes can lead to nausea or vomiting. This is not usually an emergency situation and it usually resolves on its own. But keep monitoring your cat if you do not know the exact amount of resin ingested. And if its condition deteriorates, get immediate medical assistance.

Monitor for signs of nausea and/or vomiting:

  • Excessive drooling 
  • Excessive lip licking
  • Multiple attempts to swallow

If there are no signs after 24 hours, then no monitoring is required. Your cat must have flushed out the resin by now. If you see signs of Diarrhea or loss of appetite, get immediate medical help for your feline.  Inhalation of fumes from curing resin can cause oral irritation. It is advisable to keep your cats out of your work area. And if the resin comes in contact with the skin, it may cause dermal irritation. The mixture of resin and hardener is toxic. Our furry companions are curious and naughty by nature. It is our responsibility to make sure that we keep our toxic art supplies away from our pets. Moreover, make sure to clean your workspace regularly of any resin residue spilled while working with epoxy.

My Cat Stepped In Resin Mixture. How Do I Get It Off Its Fur And Hind Legs?

I can tell you this from my experience if resin gets stuck in a cat’s paws or on its fur, this can make them anxious or annoyed. Still, looking at the life of an artist who is smitten by their furry baby’s love, it will never be easy working with resin with cats around us. And small accidents like resin stuck in their fur or paws will keep happening from time to time. So, what’s the solution?

First of all, if possible keep the cats out of your workplace. If for any reason, that’s not possible and your cat steps in your resin mixture or walks over a half-cured resin, you can follow any of the below-written home remedies to clean your baby. I found these remedies helpful when I was looking for help online to remove resin from my stray cat’s paws and fur.

If the resin mixture on the fur is still drippy, wash it immediately with cat shampoo and water. Dry and check for any residue. If you still find some resin stuck on the fur, rub the area with olive oil, leave it for 10 minutes, and then wash it with dish wash detergent and water. 
If resin in your cat’s paws has dried, soak its resin dried paw in white vinegar for a few minutes. Cats do not like the smell of vinegar. But it is important as it helps to gently peel off the resin.
For dried fur in the resin, take a cloth and soak it in vinegar. Hold it over the hardened epoxy resin until it softens. Then gently remove it with a comb.

Resin if left untreated on the cat’s skin can cause irritation. Also, if you find your cat licking any resin stuck on its fur or body, it may upset its stomach. It is better to put them on cone collars soon after you realize that your cat has resin on its fur. 

Can Uncured Resin Make My Cat Sick? 

When we work with epoxy resin, it is not only highly toxic when mixed with the hardener. It is also poisonous while it is curing. As much as it is advisable for us to stay out of the room while epoxy cures, so much is needed that we keep our pets out of the workspace where resin pieces are curing. Curing resin also produces fumes that can adversely affect our furry friend’s health too. If they happen to eat uncured epoxy resin, it is time to consult your vet immediately.

Can Cured Resin Make My Cat Sick? 

A cured resin is similar to hard plastic. Though, no studies so far have shown that cured resin can be harmful to your pet yet I would suggest keeping the resin items away from their reach. As per my experience, it is never a good idea to use an epoxy resin plate for keeping eatables or eating directly from a resin dish. So, as a precautionary measure, I would insist on keeping even the cured resin products out of your pet’s reach.

I Am A Cat Parent. What Precautions Should I Take When Working With Epoxy Resin?

As cat parents, we are always worried about our cat’s health. We try and keep our surroundings clean and make sure to keep toxic materials out of the reach of our fur balls. But if you are an artist, and prefer to work with epoxy resin often, then here are a few steps in which you can keep your pet safe and out of resin’s reach.

Have a separate room to do your epoxy resin work.
Always keep the room door closed tightly so that your cat may not venture into your workspace.
Make sure to close the lids of epoxy resin bottles tightly.
Keep the epoxy resin bottles locked in a cupboard out of the reach of your cat.
Always try, I know it is easier said than done but do try to keep your workspace clean to avoid any possible pet accidents, if your baby’s curiosity makes its way to your artwork space.
Always cover your work while it is curing.
Keep the windows open so that the fumes do not settle in the room.

A Final Word On ‘Is Resin Toxic For Cats?’ 

Every resin artist knows that epoxy resin is a chemical. And by nature, any chemical is health hazardous. So, as pet parents, it is our responsibility to take all the necessary precautions to avoid little accidents with our feline companions in our art space. While working with epoxy resin, and taking all the precautions mentioned above, if you still find that your cat has eaten resin or has licked resin stuck in its paws or fur, don’t panic. Monitor your cat for the symptoms mentioned above. And seek immediate medical assistance if you find your cat’s symptoms deteriorating with time.

Keep creating beautiful resin projects while keeping your furball safe.