As a cat and essential oil lover, I have always been interested in the safe use of Aromatherapy around felines. From the start, I was taught that cats’ bodies do not process essential oils in the same manner as other animals such as dogs and horses. Sadly, I heard stories of cats that were injured because the owner used products on them that were meant for different species. So, what is a cat-loving essential-oil-using person to do?
Stillpoint Aromatics has the answer. “That doesn’t mean you need to throw your oils out. In fact, cats can benefit from essential oils in SAFE ways. You MUST have an education in essential oil chemistry and specifically in using oils around pets to confidently and safely treat your cats. Always leave a door to another room open when blending, formulating or diffusing so that your pet can leave if she needs to. … Your cat will decide what it wants.”
If you do use essential oils around your feline, “DO NOT let the oils touch a cat or a cat touch the oil with their nose.” The American College of Healthcare Sciences blog explains, “Cats are very sensitive to essential oils, as it is difficult for them to metabolize the essential oils back out of their systems. Cats do not have the right liver enzymes … to metabolize some types of compounds efficiently or at all. … Choose essential oils with monoterpene profiles when working with cats, and at low concentrations.”
Stillpoint offers the recommendation of using hydrosols instead of essential oils. “Hydrosols are safe for cats, but let them choose it. Do not chase them to spray them. Hold out the hydrosol or put it on a cloth and let the animal smell it. If she wants it she will let you know. She may rub up against it, or lick the air or her mouth.”
Also realize that a cat will not like all scents. I know this because I can get my furry felines to leave me alone at the bathroom sink by putting peppermint toothpaste under their noses. It doesn’t harm them but they will jump backwards and look surprised. This may act as aversion therapy for my pets while, at the same time, making me laugh.