I recently had my kitten outside on a harness, and we have pine and spruce trees in the yard. I noticed that he had some loose stools, and some litter stuck to his back foot.
When I started to clean his foot with a warm washrag, I noticed that he had pine tar on his paw. I held him while my husband removed it with a paper towel and some mineral oil. Then we rinsed.
Anyway, I started thinking that maybe he was licking his paw to begin with, and ate some of the pine tar, and that's what caused the loose stools.
So, I looked it up online, and it seems like the oil in the pine tar is toxic to cats and can poison them and damage their liver. It didn't say anything about bowel movements. http://www.ehow.com/facts_7378949_pi...ous-cats_.html
Well, I'm not happy. We've had cats before in this house with the same trees, and no problem. I know there must be plenty of people out there who live near wooded areas with cats. Anyone have this same concern? Thanks for any replies.