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Essential Oils & Cats

Essential Oils & Cats

  • Although some people say they use essential oils on their cats I would NEVER use essential oils ONLY HYDROSOLS!!
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Melaleuca Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cinnamon Bark Oil
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Birch Oil
  • Essential oils containing phenols or benzyl alcohols are highly toxic for cats and should not be used. Phenols and benzyl alcohols are water soluble and rapidly absorb into the cat’s body, causing liver damage. Cats do not assimilate the phenols and benzyl alcohols well, due to the lack of an enzyme that helps to metabolize the oils, causing high amounts of toxicity in the body and could cause serious illness or even death.
  • It is imperative that the chemical compound in the oil is known before using an essential oil with a cat. Research the constituents of the essential oil before you use it. If the essential oil contains a phenol or benzyl alcohol property, DO NOT USE it. Do not use these oils with a diffuser.
  • Hydrosols are safe to use with cats because the hydrosol properties can appropriately process through the cat’s liver. Be an informed practitioner. Keeping up-to-date with key information is vital when using essential oils.Hydrosols are OK TO USE
  • Dilution of essential oils, with a carrier oil, is always recommended when using essential oils with cats!
  • Phenols are water soluble and evaporate more quickly than oils that do not contain phenols. Because of their strength they can be irritating to the skin and possibly damaging to the liver.
  • It's always important to use a pure essential oil, rather than one with synthetic ingredients. An example of some essential oils with natural phenols in them would be: Bay, Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Cinnamon, Savory, and Tarragon. This is not an inclusive list. Please do your research before using an essential oil on a cat


Some oils, high in phynols not recommended to be used with cats are Tea Tree or Malaleuca, Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Mountain Savory, Cinnamon, Cassia, and Ravensara.

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