Every so often we are asked if it is safe to use Young Living Essential on or around pets, and other livestock. We generally provide the following information.
Do not use essential oils on and around cats or dogs under eight weeks old because they are developing at fast rates; it is easy to mess up the proper dilution for each breed.
Animals are generally more sensitive to essential oils than humans are. It’s best to heavily dilute essential oils and use them in moderation.
Every animal is different, so carefully observe how your animal responds to essential oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
Be especially careful to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
If diffusing, always allow cats access to areas where they can avoid the diffused oil.
With all animals, avoid using high-phenol oils—such as Oregano, Wintergreen, Clove, Mountain Savory, and Thyme. This is especially important with cats.
Use special caution with cats and essential oils. Avoid applying citrus oils topically, diffusing the scent around cats, and having your cat ingest them.