Essential Oils Toxic to Cats: Fact Check

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Essential oils toxic to cats.

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Essential oils are poisonous for cats.

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Certain messages in circulation on social media and elsewhere online warn pet owners of Essential Oils Toxic to Cats. While not all Essential oils are poisonous for cats, it is true that certain some can indeed be toxic to the furry animals.

How can be Essential Oils Toxic to Cats

In recent decades, human usage of Essential oils is in rise, but it is important to keep in mind they can pose safety risks to pets like Cats. Earlier, certain essential oils were considered safe for cats and were in fact recommended in treating conditions like ear mite infestations, upper respiratory problems and for stress relief (Aroma therapy as well). However, in recent years there is evidence suggesting essential oils can be toxic to cats. Some cat owners have even reported such accidental incidents of poisoning. In a popular incident posted by Michigan woman Sue Murray on Facebook (post later deleted), her daughter’s pet Cat was accidentally poisoned after using eucalyptus oil in aroma diffuser. The cat turned lethargic, unstable and drooling excessively after four days.

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In April 2017 Animal Poison Control Center of ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) mentioned some safety rules in using essential oils for your pet. Essential oils can be harmful to pets when inhaled, consumed or absorbed while in contact with skin. Remember, Dogs and Cats have much better sense of smell than us. Essential oils are mostly volatile compounds that can be potentially toxic to pets at certain concentrations. In pet care products, generally highly diluted amounts of essential oils are used. Repeated inhalation of essential oils can become toxic to cats, either immediately or over a period of time.

Possible Harm

Essential oils toxic to Cats can cause seizures (tremors), gastrointestinal upset, central nervous system depression, liver damage and even death. Young Living Essential Oils Company has in fact suggested people should take “special caution when using essential oils with cats,” which are averse to “high-phenol” and “citrus” oils. Strong scents containing essential oils are also harmful to Birds. So, if you are planning to use any essential oils for cats or other pets, it’s better to check with the veterinarian first.

Hoax or Fact:

Partially Hoax.


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