6 Essential Oil Safety Tips for Cat Owners | Meow Lifestyle
It should be noted that peppermint oil is toxic to cats. So is clove oil, and possibly even clove oil. Use any of these products with care and it’s not a good idea to put liquid essential oils on their skins or anywhere where they can lick it.
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Yes, I have learned that supposedly cats cannot process essential oils, so they sort of build up in their system. I'm still mystified, though as to why there is a natural flea product out there that includes both clove and peppermint oils that the company says is safe for both cats and dogs. They have both a home spray and a pet spray (that again, they say is safe for both). I confess, we do own these products and have used them in the past. *sigh* Fortunately, our cat has was fine.Cats use a different system in their liver to detoxify and are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds. These are so-called “hot” oils like cinnamon, oregano, clove, wintergreen, thyme and birch. Cats appear to be especially sensitive to Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca), so it is best to avoid this oil for them. In general avoid giving your cat any internal essential oils, and apply all oils in a diluted form.Yes, the clove oil diluted with lots of water (about 1:5 ratio) is perfectly safe to spray on furniture even if you have cats. In my experience, however, it hasn't helped too much with the fleas. I found that taking the cats into the bathroom, having my girlfriend soak them in Dawn and me sprinkling food grade DE on the floors and furniture and then vacuuming it up worked best.Website Simple Steps published an article on the safety of plant-based products used to repel fleas. According to the site, dogs and cats have much more intense reactions to the products than humans. The article says that clove oil can cause salivation, vomiting, seizures, muscle tremors and even death in a few cases. That’s definitely not what you want when you use a natural product on your pet, and thus, it is a risk you should know about. The Green Spotlight lists clove oil as an alternative and “green” product to use to prevent fleas, but cautions that pets may lick it off their fur.A sandwich with a nice zingy mustard may smell great to you, but cats detest the smell of spicy plants and foods like mustard. Clove is another great cat repellent, as is cayenne pepper. Like citrus oil, hot peppers contain capsaicin, which cats instinctively avoid because it's toxic to them.Several essential oils are known to cause allergic reactions, including severe dermatitis in people or pets. More severe reactions have been observed in pets, especially cats, including vomiting, salivation, muscle tremors, seizures, and death in a few cases. Among the chief allergens for humans are d-limonene and other citrus oils; cinnamon oil, citronella, clove oil (eugenol), and geranium oil. Rue oil is particularly worrisome because it sensitizes the skin to sunlight (photosensitivity), potentially resulting in severe sunburns with minimal sun exposure after contact. Citrus oils are listed as a least-toxic chemical control by the Integrated Pest Management Practitioner. Clove (eugonol) is listed on EcoWise Certified IPM Program Materials List. D-Limonene is listed on EcoWise Certified IPM Program Materials List.