Many people ask us if it is safe to use EO’s on cats. Even though some aromatherapists and veterinarians say its fine, I choose to err on the side of safety. Cats don’t have the same enzymes in their bodies like horses, dogs, or humans, so some EO’s can be very toxic to them.
I recommend diffusion, only, for cats. We sell a cold water diffuser on this site. I recommend you take the original blend we send (8 oz bottle, such as the “Anti-Anxiety” or the “Allergy” blend), and take 2 teaspoons from it, add it to another 8 oz container filled with water, then diffuse that.
Always allow an opportunity for escape. In other words, leave the door open in the room you are diffusing in so that they can escape if it bothers them.
We don’t recommend using any EO’s in cat’s ears since they are VERY sensitive to any oil.
One of the issues that inspired us to start “Endless Mt. Oil Blends for Pets” was the horrible amount of dangerous DIY recipes online by MLM’ers (we jokingly call them “oilers” or “kaders”). These are people who sign up as a distributor in a multi-level marketing plan and after a week, begin “playing doctor” by directing potential prospects to use certain oil combinations. These people have usually had no formal training in essential oils, let alone know the difference is using essential oils with pets. Many people were overdosing, not diluting the oils properly, and failing to apply them to get optimal results. By doing this there can be harmful, or perhaps no results at all, due to lack of knowledge. Or worse yet, when applied to certain species, neat, you can kill them. Do not “experiment” on your pet with essential oils if the person blending them has not done so under the oversight of a holistic veterinarian that understands Aromatherapy, and who understand the use of EO’s on each species.
We have been very careful, as pet professionals, to consult certified aromatherapists, veterinarians, and holistic practitioners when choosing our oils, and blending them for specific purposes and for specific species.