Here are some of the essential oils for cats that are very safe for cat use. Here is the list:
To apply an essential oil to your cat topically, apply 1 drop of oil to the palms of your hands, rub your hands together until most of the oil is absorbed, and pet your cat. A pure essential oil is rapidly absorbed and effective within minutes.
• Frankincense Essential Oil
• Geranium Essential Oil
• Helichrysum Essential Oil
• Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
• Rosemary Essential Oil
And don't worry, the sleeping cat in the photo above is safe. Fresh lavender is not toxic to felines, only the essential oils derived from the plants are.
Cats are sensitive to essential oils for two reasons. Not only do felines have very acute senses of smell, but they also have delicate and thin skin, which allows for quicker absorption of these concentrated substances into the bloodstream. Most disturbingly, cats can't efficiently metabolize the compounds in essential oils, which can lead to toxic build-up in their bodies. It's scary to think about all those cat owners who've unknowingly used products with essential oils in their homes or directly on their pets!
Here is a list of some essential oils that are known to be toxic to cats:
• Citrus oils
Melaleuca (tea tree oil)
• Cinnamon (cassia)
• Any other oils containing phenols
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One thing that adds to the amazing power of essential oils is they work at emotional and cognitive levels as well as at the physiologic level. Many pets have dramatic improvement in their response to stress and anxiety with the use of oils.
It is always best to let the animal smell the oil first before applying. Then watch for signs of acceptance such as sniffing, wanting to lick the oil, or rubbing against you. Signs the animal dislikes the oil include turning their head away, panting, drooling, pacing, whining, sneezing or snorting. Never put essential oils on an animal’s nose or snout.
If I want to use essential oils on cats, I always use a highly diluted formula with essential oils.