Essential oils for cats is a tricky topic, but it boils down to the quality of the oil you use. Pure, therapeutic grade oils must be used, and there are some oils that should not be used at all on cats. Young Living oils meet the “pure, therapeutic grade” criteria and even has “Animal Scents” products that are specifically designed for your pets. Always check with your vet before using essential oils on and around your pet – especially if they have any pre-existing conditions that require medication.
Cats are sensitive to most synthetically made products and “natural products” as well as some essential oils. Products that you use in your household may be toxic to your pets, so the more “green”, the better! Make a switch to green cleaning supplies and diffusing healthy essential oils in your home – good for you and your pets.
Cats are “different”. (We knew that, didn’t we?) The reason behind this is the cat’s liver. It does not have the liver enzymes to break down chemicals effectively, and sometimes it can’t process those chemicals at all! Just like our bodies, when the liver (and the body) does not recognize a substance, as with most synthetic compounds, it immediately stores it somewhere until it can figure out what to do with it! This can lead to toxicity, tumors, disease and extreme imbalances of the body.
Animals can not tell us what they are feeling and they are constantly bombarded with our lifestyle choices. So we must learn to look for and recognize the signs and symptoms of toxicity in our animals!
Here are some common signs :
A change in their sleeping or eating habits.
Lethargy, lack of energy, or not being “themselves”.
Digestive imbalances such as vomiting, constipation or diarrhea.
When you are diffusing oils in your home, remember your pets. Make sure you use the oil correctly and that it is well diluted.
Here are some essential oils for Cats that should be safe:
Clary Sage, Elemi, Frankincense, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Peace and Calming; there are others that are listed in some of the home remedies below.
Essential oils for cats should be highly diluted with a high grade pure vegetable oil. Dilute essential oils for cats (and all other smaller animals) at least 50:1 (fifty drops of dilution oil to one drop of essential oil). Place a drop of the diluted oil on the inside of the paw or location of cut or injury. Place some in your hands and pet your cat gently ears to tail.
Diffusing oils is a great way to use essential oils for cats. Lastly, you could place a few drops in a sprayer with some water, shake it up and gently mist–(if you think you can get away with that method!) 😉
Ear problems: Use warm olive oil with lavender and clean the ear. Use it inside and outside of the ear. Dilute as described above.
Flea remedy: Make a dilution of Cedarwood and Lavender oil and brush it into the cat. If not too bad, make a spray mist with water and gently spray the cat to deter fleas.
Anxiety: Use Valor for courage and Peace & Calming blend for anxiety and fear!
Always research a new oil thoroughly before using with your pets. Our Facebook page (Essential Oils NC) provides a Young Living search engine for “oily education”.
Young Living also has a line of “Animal Scents” products. Follow our link for ordering as a retail or wholesale member: