Animals and Essential Oils

What Essential Oils Are Safe To Use With Cats?

September 21, 2017

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Forget everything bad you’ve been told about using essential oils for your beloved feline friends! If you are worried about using essential oils around your cats or are curious about the benefits of essential oils for your four-legged friends, here is a simple guide that can help answer your questions.


Please Be Careful and Mindful:

Use extra special care when using essential oils with cats as they are very sensitive little beings (far more than dogs). Here are some things to keep in mind when using essential oils with your cats:

● Always dilute the essential oils. Treat cats like they are a newborn baby and always remember that less is more. It is better to reapply when needed than overdose.


Essential oil for cats - Ora Leaders


● The recommended dilution for full sized cats is 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tbsp of carrier oil. For kittens, just 1 drop of essential oil to 4 tbsp carrier oil. Then use 1-2 sprays or 1-2 drops of diluted oil per application.

● Never leave a cat in a closed room with a diffuser on and allow your cats to freely leave the space if they are finding the smell too much. 

● It is always a good idea to diffuse at half your usual strength. Don’t forget a cat’s sense of smell is much keener than humans and even dogs.


Oils not safe for cats - Ora Leaders


● Avoid oils high in phenols and eugenols for direct application (topical or internal) such as, Basil, Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, and Wintergreen as well as oils high in d-limonene which includes all Citrus oils (BergamotGrapefruitLemonLimeTangerine and Wild Orange). Essential oils with high levels of these constituents may overwhelm a cat’s liver’s ability to metabolize and eliminate them.

● It’s not a good idea to use oils topically or internally on your cat every single day.

● Don’t put oils directly in eyes, ears, nose or any other sensitive areas.

● When oiling your cat, please make sure they are well hydrated. The oils are detoxifying and if they aren’t properly hydrated the toxins will just sit in their system with no way out. The toxins will just sit in their system with no way out if they aren’t properly hydrated. If they are severely sick, they may need IV fluids from your vet.


Essential oil for cats - Ora Leaders


● If you are treating a wound, remove all the hair with clippers (not scissors) from around the wound. This allows the wound to heal faster. Keep your cat from licking the wound by using a sock, t-shirt, shorts, bandage, or e-collar when necessary.


Safe oils for your feline friends:


Oils safe for cats - Ora Leaders


  • Cedarwood: Helps repel pests and promote healthy skin and coat
  • Chamomile: Promotes relaxation and sleep and also support healthy digestion
  • Lavender: Relieves anxiety from separation or during long trips
  • Myrrh: Can help fight allergies and promote healthy skin and coat
  • Clary Sage: Calms nervousness and excitability
  • Geranium: Great for repelling pests and as a treatment for ear infections
  • Ginger: Relieves pain from arthritis and hip dysplasia and supports healthy digestion
  • Helichrysum: Used topically can help with pain relief and skin issues
  • Marjoram: Repels pests and helps treat skin infections and irritations


Make Sure It’s The Good Stuff

Always use the very best quality essential oils you can find. As a general rule of thumb, the more complex the fragrance the more aromatic compounds the oil will contain. You can literally smell the difference! We only recommend doTERRA essential oils, because we trust them.  TERRA’s oils are tested by batch and are so pure that you can use them topically on cats sporadically in a highly diluted form.


How To Use Essential Oils for your cats:



  • Diffuse
  • Apply to your hand and hold up the nose (never put directly on their nose)
  • Apply to a bandana, collar, bed or toys


  • Nape of the neck
  • Paws (between toes or pads)
  • Directly on affected area
  • Spine
  • Pinna (hairless portion of ear flap
  • Petting (apply 1 drop to hand and pet the cat down or up the back


  • In water bowl
  • On food
  • In capsule
  • Directly on gums or under the tongue (diluted)



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*If your pet or animal has a known health issue, please consult your veterinarian before administering essential oils. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


*These products have not been approved by the FDA or TGA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. Please seek advice of a trained health care professional where appropriate, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding. The limited information found on this website is for informational purposes only. You should never rely solely on the information found here and if you have any health condition or illness always seek out the advice of a trained professional.


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