Cats and essential oils

The cat can’t eliminate correctly the essential oils

Si certaines huiles essentielles peuvent être dangereuses pour l’être humain et principalement celles contenant des phénols comme le thym (thymol), la Sarriette (carvacrol), la girofle (eugenol) et des cétones qui sont neurotoxiques, elles sont encore plus dangereuses pour les chats.

Il existe 3 raisons principales :

1 – The The cat’s skin is very thin like a baby’s. Essential oils thus penetrate the bloodstream very quickly. Essential oils are, for a number of them, forbidden to children, especially babies.

2 – The quantity of essential oils that can be absorbed, is like all products, proportional to the size of the person. When 3 to 4 drops of essential oils are indicated for an individual who weighs 70 kg, it is necessary to bring this quantity at 1/10th of a drop for a cat, what comes out, you will have understood it, difficult to dose.

3 – The 3rd reason, which is probably the main one: Man and other mammals have an enzyme (glucuronyl transferase) that allows to degrade certain molecules to make them soluble so that they can be dissolved, which will then allow them to be excreted from our bodies through urine. The cat does not possess this enzyme, so it eliminates certain molecules much more slowly… contained in essential oils or other products. The elimination of essential oils containing notably phenols is slow, which means that the that it will take, for example, 3 days to remove a certain amount of oil… essential when other species take 6 hours. If the dose is high and/or the lengthy duration of uninterrupted administration, there is a risk of overload and toxic hepatitis. Essential oils will accumulate in in his body and mainly in his liver. This accumulation over time can lead to serious health concerns or even death. The cat on the other hand, is not deficient in glucuronyl transferases from alcohols, alcoholic beverages, and acids, amines.

Other reasons for not using essential oils with your cat.

1 – The cat has a particular organ, located between the nose and the palate: the vomero-nasal or Jacobson’s organ. This one allows him this characteristic attitude of the felines which one calls the Flehmen (the fact that it turns up the upper lip). He brings air into this passage in order to detect pheromones. To overload this organ in essential oils can destabilize the cat and make him aggressive or on the contrary apathetic.

2 – The cat is an animal that licks itself very often to groom itself. The products sprayed on his hair will be partly ingested. If the dose administered is important, not only is the cat at risk of drooling or vomiting, but then again, his liver could be damaged! We must take into account the composition of the essential oils to be applied avoiding the use of chemicals. essential oils containing phenols (carvacrol, thymol, eugenol…), in limiting those containing ketones (verbenone, menthone, piperitone, thujone etc.) or aromatic aldehydes (cinnamaldehyde) but with a preference for those containing alcohols (linalol, thujanol, menthol, terpinene 1 ol 4 …) or oxides (1.8 cineole).

3 – The cat has an extremely developed sense of smell. It is therefore very sensitive to odours and even if its olfactory surface area is small, it has no less than 70 million receptor cells and 20 cm² of olfactory mucous membrane compared to 5 million and 4 cm² in humans! In other words, your olfactory experience with essential oils is not at all perceived in the same way by a cat.

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