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But when you have cats in your home you must be careful of what you use. Rachel from The Essential Girl blog is here to share her research regarding toxic essential oils. Curiosity killed the cat. Want to learn more about using essential oils with your cat?
Take my free essential oils for pets email course! Inside I cover why using essential oils with your pets can be so beneficial, common mistakes people make when using essential oils with their pets, and I answer all of YOUR burning questions! Just click below to get started. Cats are Sensitive to Certain Essential Oils Researchers have identified two major categories of essential oils that are more dangerous to cats than other mammals such as humans, dogs or horses.
The reason these essential oils are more dangerous to cats lies in the physiology of their liver. Cats lack an enzyme glucuronyl tranferase that in other animals helps to process and break down certain components of these essential oils. Due to the concentrated nature of essential oils, toxic buildup of these components occurs and can ultimately be fatal.
Dangerous Components So what are the components that make specific oils so dangerous to cats? They fall into two categories called phenols and monoterpene hydrocarbons. Phenol [Also known as carbolic acid, phenol describes a group of aromatic organic compounds consisting of a phenyl group bound to a hydroxyl group.
They are corrosive to the skin, eyes, and are irritants to the respiratory tract. Most websites recommend only using higher dilutions for very short periods of time when higher effectiveness is needed such as getting rid of a particularly bad cold.
While humans can tolerate these oils is small amounts due to our liver having the ability to filter out the phenolscats have a much lower tolerance, and exposure of your cat to these oils should be as limited as possible.
Monoterpene Hydrocarbons [Terpenes are a very large class of organic compounds commonly produced in plants.
Monoterpenes are within this class and consist of two isoprene units which are a more basic organic compound produced by plants. Monoterpene hydrocarbon refers to a monoterpene attached to an aromatic hydrocarbon ring what else has an aromatic hydrocarbon ring?
So what oils contain monoterpene hydrocarbons? Very common in citrus oils Pinene: Using Pure Essential Oils is Key Often, essential oils producers will dilute their oils with additives to bring down the price of the oil.
Many of these additives are toxic to cats and humans to an extent. So if you find that your cat is reacting to an oil not listed as toxic, it could be that the oil is not pure.
However there are things to check about a company that are an instant indication of diluted oils. Do they bottle their own oils? Many companies buy pure oils and then dilute them before re-bottling them and selling them at lower prices. How much information do they provide about their process?
While some companies provide no information which could mean anythingothers specify their methods and even tell you where the plants used to make oils are sourced from. How much do they charge?
Too-low prices point to extensive dilutions because no one is going to sell their products for a loss. However it does mean that certain precautions will need to be taken to ensure your cat is not exposed to the oil.
Never diffuse a toxic oil in your home. If you must use an essential oil by inhalation, try putting a few drops in a bowl of steaming hot water and then covering your head and bowl with a towel and breathe in the vapor.
Make sure to do this in a room away from your cat. For more alternative diffusion methods, check out this post. Never pet your cat after applying essential oils to your skin. If there is any residual oil on your hands, it can get on their fur, and when they go to give themselves a bath they will ingest it.
So be cautious and wash your hands well after applying oils, as well as making sure to keep the skin that you applied the oils on covered so that your cat does not rub up against you and get the oils on their fur that way. Keep all your oils toxic or not stored where your cat cannot reach them.Like many children around the world, I grew up reading stories about Tarka the Otter (first published over ninety years ago, in ), so when I won the Crediton Short Story Prize and a stay at the Lamb Inn in Sandford, I was thrilled to be coming to Devon.
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