The study shows that cats are exposed to chemicals commonly used in electronics and furniture found in house dust that can adversely affect health. It is the first time that the link has been made.  The researchers had previously found higher concentration of brominated flame retardants in the blood of cats that had developed feline hyperthyroidism than in healthy cats. Now, new measurements in healthy cats where paired samples were taken from the same household, i.e. both dust-  and blood samples were collected at the same time, show house dust to be the exposure path.

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