What Essential Oils Are Bad for Cats?

January 05, 2021

What Essential Oils Are Bad for Cats?

People have just started to realize how effective essential oils are in treating various health problems. 

Since essential oils are potent and work well for humans, they also work well for our feline friends. However, some essential oils are not safe to use on cats. This blog post is one that you need to read if you're looking to try out aromatherapy on your cat. 

Keep reading to learn more. 

What Essential Oils Are Bad for Cats? Here's the List! 

Did you know that many essential oils and liquid potpourri can be poisonous to cats? 

Essential oils are a game-changer in alternative medicine and are intensively used in aromatherapy. If you haven't heard of them, you're probably living under a rock! 

But, what are essential oils? 

Essential oils are basically concentrated liquids that contain chemical compounds from plants. One drop of essential oil contains a lot of concentrated liquid, so, these oils are extremely potent. 

That's exactly why you need to water them down when using them on your skin or for aromatherapy. 

Of course, that also justifies the price you pay for such a small amount of liquid. 

These Essential Oils are Not Safe for Cats

Here are some essential oils that you need to keep as far away from your kitty as possible: 

  1. Cinnamon bark 
  2. Basil 
  3. Laurus Nobilis
  4. Clove
  5. Wintergreen
  6. Thyme
  7. Tea Tree
  8. Oregano
  9. Mountain Savory
  10. Melaleuca Quinquenervia

Other than that, the most common essential oils that are safe for your kitty include helichrysum, frankincense, lavender, and copaiba. 

But, it's still a good idea to keep them away from your cat to avoid accidental ingestion and overdose. 

After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Signs of Essential Oil Poisoning in Cats 

If you think that your kitty might have gotten her paws on something she shouldn't have, it's best to call your vet and ask about further instructions. 

Here are some signs of essential oil poisoning in cats: 

  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty in coordinating movement and falling down 
  • scent of the fragrance on the fur, skin, breath, or vomit 
  • muscle tremors
  • drooling
  • lethargy and weakness 
  • pawing at the mouth or face
  • vomiting
  • increased redness on the skin, mouth, or tongue 

Time is of the essence if you've noticed any of these signs. You should contact a an emergency veterinary service as soon as possible. 

In Conclusion: What Essential Oils Are Bad for Cats?

Did we help you figure out which essential oils are unsafe for your cat? 

I hope this blog post helped you out. If you suspect that your cat might have ingested essential oils, call your vet as soon as possible. It may not be an emergency, but it is better to be on the safe side. 

Do you have questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments. 


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