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I first tried searching the forum and the internet before asking this question. I just installed a swiftech system with the mcr320 radiator. The gpu is not in the loop yet as I wanted to test the performance before spending more money. I am using the coolant that comes with the swiftech system and I was wondering what would happen if I sprung a leak having cats. This stuff smells a little like antifreeze and we all know how much cats love antifreeze. If this could be potentially bad with my coolent is there another one that will be safer outside of just running distilled water. My PC will be running 24/7 so I clearly won't always be present. Please help I don't want to come home to a dead pc and pets. That would be one hell of a bad day.
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my feser one killed a family of wasps in my basement lol. i left the cap open and there were 5 wasps around the bottle when i got back home from work. im sure LC liquid is not good on pets...
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I have 2 cats and the only time i was worried is when leak testing since everything is pretty much out in the open and you know cats are very nosy.. just keep them in another room while leak testing other than that once your case is closed there shouldn't be any danger to them only to your PC if it leaks

here's one of my cats looking on

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I would recommend distilled water and PT nuke. Since the amount of biocide is small, I don't think it would be very harmful for an average sized cat. Ethylene glycol is known to be appealing to pets due to its "sweet" taste. I am not sure if it is the same with PC coolant as it is with automotive coolant, but why take the risk. Besides, distilled is not only cheaper, it performs better. The only downfall is algae, but thats where the biocide comes in.
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Antifreeze kills humans. I'd see if there are any leaks with pure water (not distilled water, just tap water), and then when it's sealed just make sure your pets cannot easily access it and then use whatever you want.
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Use Polyethylene Glycol antifreeze instead of Ethylene Glycol. It is usually marketed as "Pet Safe" or "Friendly" Antifreeze.
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Antifreeze kills humans. I'd see if there are any leaks with pure water (not distilled water, just tap water), and then when it's sealed just make sure your pets cannot easily access it and then use whatever you want.
I wouldn't use tap water EVER. It has many chemicals and solvents in it that can be harmful if not completely removed from the system. (lime, chlorine etc.) If you want to flush the system or check for leaks using water, get distilled. It is very cheap and easy to find.
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Hey guys, what if I tried 70% Isopropyl Alcohol instead of antifreeze? It evaporates fast so if there is a small leak it shouldn't really drip down and my cat's hate alcohol
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You would be refilling that rad everyday from the evaporation.
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You would be refilling that rad everyday from the evaporation.
More like every hour!

If the loop is left open, expect sub-ambient temps. If the loop is closed, expect higher temps.
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