When we have cats running around homes, we must practice precaution. But as with cats, we often find ourselves wanting to mask that litter box smell or still wish to enjoy putting off a pleasant scent in our homes. When it comes to essential oils, many of us have one or more diffusers around our homes. But did you know that emitting essential oils around cats can be detrimental to their health?
Just a few days ago, a cat owner on Reddit shared her cat’s survival story and is hoping that it can help others to prevent this from happening to their cats.
The post was uploaded to the r/cats community on Reddit, and since it was uploaded, it has received nearly 10k upvotes. Reddit user u/BPDprisoner made the following caption with their post:
Essential oils are toxic to cats. I didn’t know this and got a diffuser for my apartment. This was the result – I came home to my kitten being limp and barely breathing. Big thanks to Terra Nova vet’s Dr. chaudry who saved my baby’s life. DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR HOME IF YOU HAVE CATS!!!!
Pet Poison Help online details some essential oils which are known as being toxic to our feline friends. Remember, essential oils come from the deepest part of the plant. This means that they are highly potent and the smallest amount can be deadly for a cat that is susceptible to their toxins.
These potent oils should always be diluted when using, and it’s definitely best to keep them far out of reach from your curious cat.
OrganicAromas.com made a visual to help cat owners know which particular plants (most of which are available in essential oils form) are safe and toxic to cats:
CanadianVeterinarians.net shared some valuable insight as to why these are so dangerous when it comes to our feline friends. They report that:
Toxicity can come from certain compounds in certain essential oils. In fact, much of the essential oil controversy comes from certain compounds found in a few different essential oils. A cat’s liver can’t metabolize these compounds like a human’s liver can.
The liver of a cat absorbs, filters, and metabolizes nutrients much differently than a human, or even another type of animal, does. They lack an important chemical that’s responsible for the breakdown of substances that enter the body. Most other animals have no trouble with these compounds, and this is why essential oil safety with cats is so important.
Do you know which plants are toxic to cats? Lily poisoning is high on that list, and sadly many cats have lost their lives when coming into contact with this lethal flower.
When it comes to our beloved cats, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Please share this post so that other cat owners can know about the dangers of essential oils and cats.
I’m so glad this Reddit user shared her story and a special thank you to the good people at Terra Nova Village Veterinarian for saving this cat’s life!
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