Essential oils have become very popular in the last few years and the benefits for humans help keep that popularity. With many different tinctures for anxiety, relaxation, energy, and more there’s no wonder why so many people like to add them as a supplement to their daily life.
However, these oils that can provide positive effects for us can be quite dangerous for our feline friends. Simply because something is natural doesn’t mean that it’s inherently safe. Cats are especially susceptible to potential toxicity from essential oils due to the different way in which their liver functions.
Using essential oil diffusers or applying oils on your cat can potentially lead to liver failure due to the fact that they cannot properly metabolize them. This is why it’s imperative to know which oils are most dangerous for your companion.
According to the ASPCA Poison Control Center these are the top 10 most toxic essential oils for cats:
- Wintergreen oil
- Peppermint oil
- Pine oil
- Clove oil
- Tea tree/Melaleuca oil
- Citrus oil or those containing d-limonene
- Ylang Ylang
- Cinnamon oil
- Pennyroyal oil
Symptoms of potential toxicity are drooling, vomiting, tremors, difficulty breathing, panting, low body temperature, and sudden collapse.
If you’ve diffused essential oils, applied them to your cat, or used any other household product with essential oils and notice these symptoms you need to bring your cat to a veterinarian as quickly as possible!