When we live in a home with cats, often we look for ways to mask the smell of their bathroom behavior. Many of us avoid candles for fear of our counter-surfing cats. There’s also those little plugins or wax warmers, too. In recent years, essential oils have grown in widespread popularity. But did you know that essential oils can be potentially deadly to our feline friends?
One cat owner recently went onto Reddit to share her cat’s survival story hoping that it can serve as a major warning to all.
The original post on Reddit’s r/cats community hopes to warn other cat owners about the dangers of essential oils:
Essential oils are toxic to cats. I didn’t know this and got a diffuser for my apartment. This was the result – I came home to my kitten being limp and barely breathing. Big thanks to Terra Nova vet’s Dr. chaudry who saved my baby’s life. DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR HOME IF YOU HAVE CATS!!!!
When it comes to these fragrant oils which many of us use, there are certainly particular ones that are toxic to our cats. Essential oils come from the deepest part of the plant, and there are even plants which have leaves and stems that are non-toxic to cats but are actually toxic in essential oils form.
Dr. Murl Bailey, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), says that:
“Diffused oils are very dangerous, as the oils are inhaled,” Bailey said. “Not only are these oil droplets dangerous themselves, but the inhalation of these oils can cause a foreign body pneumonia in cats.”
Additionally, we know that cats are curious by nature. Should the diffuser and the water and oils tip over and spill, then there is risk that they can directly ingest it.
To be safe than sorry, always keep these out of sight and out of reach of your feline friends. Some might want to go as far as to throw them out, but this is up to you and should be done at your own discretion. Remember, essential oils are highly potent and should always be diluted regardless.
If you choose to use a diffuser for your essential oils in your home, skip on the ones that can pose a threat to your cat. VetMed released a statement warning pet owners on the essential oils which can be toxic to our four-legged friends—dogs included:
- Bitter almond
- Clove Leaf
- Mint (Including wintergreen, spearmint, and peppermint)
- Tea tree
- Ylang ylang
Although you might be thinking, “What’s the harm?” remember we don’t sit around grooming ourselves like our pets do. We all know that cats are meticulous about their grooming regimen, so this is what puts them most at risk. With diffusers, the steam goes out in the air mixed with the droplets from the essential oils and that toxic oil can literally land right on their coat.
We might often think that natural is best, but such is not always the case. Please share this with other pet owners that you know to help keep kitties safe.
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