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Essential Oils For Cats

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For those that love cats (Yes! We're talking about 'cat-people' here), it is indeed an ordeal when it comes to deciding what's suitable for their pets. We hear now and then that people use essential oils to regulate their moods, be it in the form of aroma diffusers or jewelry, but have you wondered what your favorite pets might need the same?

Essential oils are the oils that are extracted directly from plants through distillation. They are primarily used for Aromatherapy to create feelings of tranquility in a person. Examples include Rose oils, Lavender oils, and Plum oils.

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Aromatherapy for cats

Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils to massage the skin, therefore, leading to the creation of feelings of soothe-ness and serenity. Those that keep pets are especially interested in Aromatherapy for cats. Cat is one of those animals that we all adore, and it is, but natural, for us to be distressed over their health. Many people use essential oils for their cats, and many disagree with the former.

Given below is all you need to know before you begin Aromatherapy for your cat.

What essential oil should be used?

The first and foremost question is, what essential oils are fit for cats. You must understand that what is right for you is not necessarily decent for your cat even though there may be individual differences, following is a general observation. You need to consult your veterinarian before using Aromatherapy for cats.

Are essential oils safe to be used for cats?

Based on observations and experiments, the following essential oils are fit to use for cats in any form: Lavender oil, Frankincense oil, Copaiba oil, and Helichrysum oil.

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Are there any risks?

The list of oils that is hazardous to cats is a long one, so you must watch out for them. In general, the essential oils you should not use for your cats include oils that are high in salicylates or phenols. Many of these essential oils such as wintergreen, oil of sweet birch, peppermint oil, clove oil, ylang-ylang oil, cinnamon oil, pennyroyal oil, thyme, eucalyptus, oregano, and tea tree oils are known to cause poisoning in cats.

How does one deal with aroma diffusers and cats?

It is common practice for people that use room aroma diffusers to keep their diffusers on all the times. This practice can be dangerous for your cat.

Of all the ways that you can use essential oils for cats, aroma diffusers are the most reliable. There are different kinds of diffusers, such as evaporative, heating, and nebulizing diffusers. One should dilute oils to a great extent in these diffusers, and one should use the oils mentioned above in the 'Safe' list, and your cat would not suffer from any complication.

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Be careful not to leave your cat unattended in a room where a diffuser is running. If you have to, make sure that the place has an exit that the cat is familiar with too. At last, DO NOT use the oils mentioned in the 'Risky' list above.

Safe and risky usage of essential oils:

For topical application, it is safe to use highly diluted essential oils for direct application to the skin. However, it is risky to use phenolic and undiluted aroma oils for direct application. For oral use, these oils are highly dangerous, and one must keep essential oils out of cats and children's reach.

Why are cats sensitive to essential oils?

Unlike us, humans, cats' liver, lack the P450 cytochrome pathway because of the absence of an important enzyme. Due to this, they cannot metabolize certain food items, drugs, and oils that we can typically. If a cat is suffering from essential oil poisoning, observations such as drooling, tremors, wobbliness, nausea, watery nose or eyes and respiratory distress, lower heart rate, liver failure become evident, and one should consult a veterinarian right away.

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At last, everything has its good and bad side. You must be vigilant not to use any phenolic essential oil for your cat; never leave it alone in a room where an aroma diffuser is running and do not apply undiluted oils.

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