Essential Oils Can Be Very Dangerous to Cats !
While essential oils have been known to help us humans with various ailment and make our house smell great, some oils can be incredibly dangerous for your cat. Many essential oils (especially tea tree) are seriously toxic to cats and the diffuser spreads the oils through the air that your cat breathes.
Essential oils are found in aromatherapies and even insecticieds
Essential oils are utilized in a variety of ways: as insecticides, in aromatherapies, personal care products (e.g., antibacterials), flavorings, herbal remedies and liquid potpourri.
Cats lack an enzyme in the liver making the oils very toxic to them
Essential oils are rapidly absorbed both orally and across the skin, and are then metabolized in the liver. Cats lack an essential enzyme in their liver and have difficulty metabolizing and eliminating certain toxins like essential oils. Cats are also very sensitive to phenols and phenolic compounds, which can be found in some essential oils. The higher the concentration of the essential oil (i.e. 100%), the greater the risk to the cat.
Toxicity in cats can occur very quickly, through an internal or external application, or over a longer period of time, through repeated or continuous inhalation of essential oils, but either way, it can lead to serious liver damage or even death.
Below are just some of the essential oils that can be dangerous to cats:
- Lemon Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Melaleuca Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Cinnamon Bark Oil
- Wintergreen Oil
- Thyme Oil
- Birch Oil
- Other oils containing phenol
Some of the symptoms is your cat has been exposed to essential oils
If you have used an aroma diffuser or had an essential oil massage recently, take your cat to the vets for a check-up. Some of the symptoms cats’ exhibit are similar to as if they were poisoned: depression, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties and bad breath, twitching, and seizures
Essential oils can even affect cats’ sense of smell
Besides the scents’ toxic effects, some essential oils can irritate your cats in other ways. Cats have much stronger senses than we do, and their noses are much more sensitive. What can smell great to you can be overwhelming to your cat. If you do use home fragrances, it’s important to have a place that is scent-free so your pet can retreat when it gets too overpowering.
Only use essential oils if you have to and keep them safeguarded form your cat!
Of course, different substances affect animals differently so it might not be a easy to know what the damaging substance actually is. However, essential oils might be a culprit and if you can easily cut them out of your life, it might be worth it.
Even if you have been using one of these essential oils and it really helps you, than do the best you can to keep it away from your cat. If you use a diffuser, close the door so your kitty doesn’t inhale it. Always err on the safe side as sometimes toxicity doesn’t even occur to much later on in the cat’s life and then start so show symptoms.
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