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14 February 2010

Cooking can be hazardous to your pets

I purchased a KitchenAid 1.75 quart pan for cooking and decided to read through all the instructions.  To my surprise, their was a "Pet Warning" on the front page and I would like to share it with you.

"Fumes from everyday cooking can be harmful to your bird and other small pets, particularly smoke from burning foods.   Overheating cooking sprays, oils, fats, margarine and butter will create dangerous fumes which a bird's respiratory system cannot handle.  Scorched plastic handles or utensils can also contaminate the air and endanger birds and other pets.  Nonstick cookware with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating can also emit fumes harmful to birds.  Never allow a pan to overheat and never cook with birds or small pets in ro near the kitchen."

Photo is my dad's bird feeder that a neighbor bought him for a birthday gift.  The birds are very vibrant yellow and some are brown. They are his outdoor pets and he loves watching them from his back porch. 


  1. Thanks for posting this Susie!! People just don't realize how sensitive birds are - I guess they forget why they used to have Canaries in coal mines....
    My birdie babies all say Hug-Hug-Kiss-Kiss and thank you,

  2. The solution is to use earthen pots (baked clay pots). We, in India, use them and they are very healthy and the food made in them tastes better than metal/non stick cookware. If it is harmful to birds, it would be harmful to you too. You could buy them online too.
    Came across your blog when I searched for bead crochet lessons. Your tips are very useful. Good job. Thanks for the trouble you took to write out such carefully planned tuitorials. Hope to see more of these. Thanks again. xxx from India.