Huiles essentielles et chats : Comment les utiliser en toute sécurité ?

Essential oils and cats: How to use them safely?

What should you know before using essential oils with your cat?

Essential oils can provide many benefits to your cat's well-being, but it's crucial to remember that these little creatures are sensitive to the substances we use. Cats have a different detoxification system than humans, which means they are more sensitive to certain components found in essential oils. It is therefore essential to be informed and careful when using them[1].

What essential oils are safe for cats?

Lavender is one of the safest essential oils to use with cats. It has calming properties and can help your cat relax. Rosemary essential oil is also safe for cats and can be used as a natural flea preventative.

Natural flea spray recipe for cats

Here is a simple and natural recipe for a flea prevention spray:

  1. In a 500 ml bottle , add 4 to 6 drops of rosemary essential oil [2] .
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water.
  3. Shake well before each use. Spray lightly on your cat's coat, avoiding the head and eyes.

What essential oils should you avoid with cats?

It is essential to avoid certain essential oils with cats, as they can be toxic to them. Essential oils to avoid include but are not limited to:

  • Melaleuca oil (Tea tree)
  • Peppermint oil
  • Pouliot Mint oil (Pennyroyal)
  • Lemon oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Clove oil
  • Oregano oil

How to apply essential oils to your cat?

Essential oils should always be diluted before using on your cat. Fractionated coconut oil is a great option for diluting essential oils. It is best to apply diluted essential oils to areas where the cat cannot lick them, such as the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. It is also possible to diffuse them into the air, ensuring that your cat always has an escape route if they don't like the smell.

Remember: every cat is unique. Start by letting your cat smell the essential oil with the cap closed before applying it. If your cat reacts negatively, don't insist.

Can essential oils replace veterinary treatment?

It is essential to understand that if your cat has a health problem, you should always consult a veterinarian. Essential oils can complement treatment prescribed by a veterinarian, but they should not replace it.

References :

[1] Bischoff, K., & Guale, F. (1998). Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil Poisoning in Three Purebred Cats. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 10(2), 208–210.

[2] Essential Oils for Cats: Benefits, Risks, & Considerations, By Katelyn Son ,

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Special Note: Every recipe featured here is based on using doTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils. These essential oils are chosen for their purity and therapeutic efficacy, ensuring the best possible experience.

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The information and recipes contained in blog posts are intended to promote the general use of essential oils and do not constitute medical advice or medical treatment.

Before using any essential oil for any application or recipe, we highly recommend doing a patch test to make sure you don't experience any adverse reactions. Additionally, Essanzia does not explicitly endorse the use of essential oils. Each individual is unique and may react differently.

It is important to note that citrus essential oils can cause photosensitization. We therefore advise not to expose yourself to the sun for several hours after their application.

If in doubt or concern, please consult a qualified healthcare professional. The health and well-being of our readers is our priority.