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toxic to cats?

are any of these toxic to cats?
Peppermint, cinnamon, lemon grass, clove oil, thyme oil?

edited to add:
I'm not putting these on my cats, just spraying them around the house.. not all just one ;)


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Aug. 11th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Afaik if you're just using them as room spray or household cleaner they are not toxic. I've not actually heard of essential oil room sprays being toxic to anyone, unless they were to actually ingest them in large amounts.
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, EOs can be toxic to cats in small amounts.

To the OP, this is discussed quite a bit at various times (not sure about those in particular but lots of EOs), try searching NL for cats and whichever type. Are you using EOs?

From a link from a previous conversation: (www.messybeast.com)

Essential oils which contain phenols are particularly toxic to cats and cause liver damage. These include Oregano, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf, Parsley and Savory

Essential oils which contain ketones cause neurological symptoms. These include: Cedar Leaf*, Sage*, Hyssop*, Cyprus*, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Mint ,Caraway*, Citronella , Clove*, Ginger*, Chamomile, Thyme and Rosemary (those marked * give particular cause for concern).
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
How small of an amount? Like if you sprayed your house with them (using them as room spray) that tiny tiny amount? Wouldn't regular room spray or really any household cleaner have the same effect?
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like spraying room spray.

This is specific to essential oils, which seem pretty popular here at NaturalLiving..."normal" household cleaners rarely would have Real EOs (although of course it's wise to check everythign all the time, these are often selling points and therefore on the label).
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
It just seems odd to me that "normal" household cleaners (like stuff that contains bleach, for example) would actually be safer.

I've been cleaning with lavender and tto for months...I mean, I don't leave a residue around and I don't spray it like crazy but I had no idea it could possibly be unsafe. Any other links besides about.com? I haven't really noted that about.com is always correct. Sometimes they are iffy.
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Bleach very quickly degrades into salt and water. Its surely harmful while its still bleach..but after it evaporates from your cleaning, its fine.

EO's, on the other hand, stick around in their original form and are highly toxic to cat's livers, which cannot handle them. In the vet practice I worked in we unfortunately came across several cats that became ill either after well-meaning owners used TTO on the cat's injuries, or because owners used EO room sprays or cleaning supplies.

I would not use EO room sprays at all around animals, and would use them as a cleaner only in areas the cat doesn't go into or on things that are going to be wiped/rinsed anyway (clean counter with TTO, then lightly wipe it up with water). Perhaps try a reed diffuser to freshen your air - you get the scent, but the EO isn't haphazardly sprayed all over your home. If a cat lays in a place thats been sprayed, grooms himself. and does his cat thing, you have no idea how much EO he's ingested.
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, all of them. Essential oils are all toxic to cats.
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Inhalation of essential oils by cats can cause liver damage over time. See excerpt and link below.

"Generally, essential oils consist of hydrocarbons or monofunctional compounds from mono-and sesqui-terpenes, together phenylpropanoids and other volatile aliphatic and aromatic substances. Many terpenoids are rapidly absorbed orally and dermally by the cat's system and are metabolized in the liver. Due to their volatile nature, inhalation of essential oil components is also possible, and these enter the bloodstream via the lungs, also to be metabolized in the liver. The terpenoids and their metabolites are often conjugated with glucuronic acid (glucuronidation) and glycine depending on the type of terpenoid and animal species involved. The conjugated metabolites are usually more water-soluble and are easily excreted through the kidney and feces. Cats are known to be deficient in their ability to eliminate compounds through hepatic glucuronidation (they lack enzyme glucuronyl tranferases). Glucuronidation is an important detoxification mechanism present in most animals except cats. Lack of this important detoxification mechanism in cats may result in slower elimination and thus build up of the toxic metabolites in the body causing toxicity problems."

"Most people are aware of warnings that focus on the topical and oral administration of essential oils, but they are generally unaware that inhalation of essential oils can also be unsafe for your cat. Oils can affect a cat by absorption and inhalation just like for humans, and precautions should be used when repeatedly diffusing essential oils, since the development of liver damage can be a slow process without any visible symptoms."

Aug. 12th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Exactly. Cats' livers just can't process the essential oils.
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Hm, I had no idea inhalation of diffed EO could have the same effect. Maybe my reed diffuser idea wasn't so great?
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
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