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Essential Oils and Cats

You may have heard of some horror stories to do with cats and essential oils.

There are a lot of opinions and myths about cats and essential oils. Some people say that essential oils and cats should never come in contact. There have been stories of people who are concerned that they may have even poised their cats from diffusing essential oils in their home. Other have been using essential oils in their homes with cats for years and nothing has gone wrong.

So what is the real truth?

This podcast discusses the myths around essential oils and cats.

When it comes to essential oils, there are different qualities. It is important to only use high quality oils. This means pure oils.

The podcast informs you how to know if the oils are pure and what exactly are good quality oils.

When using oils with cats:

- Avoid placing the oil on your cat. If you do, always dilute the oil (add it to another carrier oil) 1 drop of essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil. Apply along the cat’s spine or rub the tips of the ears.

- Diffusing the oils n the air. Remember to always leave a door open so your cat is not confined to one room and can leave the oil. Ensure that you have good ventilation.

- Use oils infrequently

- Go slow

- Use your essential oils sparingly

The following oils should not be applied topically and used in diffusion only

  • Basil

  • Birch

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Eucalyptus

  • Fennel

  • Melaleuca

  • Oregano

  • Peppermint

  • Thyme

  • Wintergreen

  • Citrus oils

The following oils should only be used sporadically and topically

  • Cedarwood

  • Frankincense

  • Geranium

  • Helichrysum

  • Lavender

Overall when it comes to essential oils, they are actually safer than most fabric softeners, flea medication and treatments, vaccinations, air freshers and plug ins and second hand smoke

Why do you even want to use essential oils with your cat?

Essential oils contain beneficial properties that assist in the healing of your pet's condition or phsyical illness and emotioanl issues. They can be used as an antiseptic, insect and pest repellent or as an antibacterial and detoxifying agent.

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