If you’ve got essential oils and you’ve got cats, we’re going to bet that you love them both!
But perhaps your cat doesn’t feel the same way. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that your cats absolutely detest your Essential oil affection and may be secretly plotting a way to mercilessly overthrow these tiny bottles reign in your home!
Cats and essential oils are a potentially toxic mix. Doing something as seemingly innocent as diffusing some Peppermint to freshen up the air can have you rushing your kitty straight to the veterinarian’s office.
This blog is not intended to be a scare tactic to pressure cat owners to toss their oils. However, it is meant to educate and advise responsible and mindful use of your aromatherapy products in a home occupied by your precious kitty tenants.
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The buildup of toxins in a cat’s body can show up immediately or years down the road. If you notice any physical or behavioural changes in your cat and suspect an essential oil may be the culprit, please visit your veterinarian. Since, unfortunately, cats can’t speak our language, we have to maintain a watchful eye over our feline friends.
Symptoms of toxicity include, but are not limited to:
- Vomiting (not from hairballs)
- Ataxia (wobbliness)
- Respiratory distress (labored breathing, fast breathing, wheezing, etc.)
- Low body temperature
- Liver failure
Consult your vet right away if you have any concerns. But keep in mind that even with supervised care and plenty of fluids cats are still unable to completely excrete toxins from their body. This can result in permanently elevated enzyme levels and varying degrees of liver function.
Safe tips for using your essential oils with cats at home
So does having a cat completely rule out your aromatherapy dreams? Absolutely not! As long as your dream doesn’t include using Essential oils on your cats, that is. Follow these simple tips to enjoy your oils while simultaneously keeping kitty safe!
- Diffuse essential oils in a well-ventilated room blocked off from your cat.
- Never diffuse in an enclosed room with your cat trapped inside.
- Store your oils somewhere your cat cannot reach them to prevent accidental contact and/or ingestion.
- If applying diluted essential oils to yourself topically, avoid your cat for at least an hour. Do not pet them or let them lick
- Wash your hands after working with essential oils.
- When using essential oils in cleaning products, do not allow your cat to walk on those surfaces until the essential oils have evaporated. Absorption through paws or ingestion during grooming will increase your cat’s chance of poisoning.
- Inhalers! This might just be the perfect way to enjoy your oils without putting any cats in harm’s way!