Using Essential Oils with CATS
CATS have a higher vibration or frequency than humans and possibly even higher than dogs. Because of this, they do not do well with lower vibrations such as are found in essential oils that are high in phenols. They need just a fraction of an amount of essential oils that a dog would. Since Young Living EO’s are therapeutic grade, this means they are extremely concentrated so with cats, LESS IS BETTER.
Cats, even though mammals and carnivores, are known to be deficient in their ability to eliminate compounds through hepatic glucuronidation (they lack enzyme glucuronyl tranferases). The lack of this ability prevents them from being able to metabolize the phenols and benzyl alcohols present in most essential oils due to being adulterated, grown with pesticides or chemically based fertilizers, etc. So, this in turn, causes high amounts of toxicity in the body and could cause serious illness or even death. This is why It is imperative that the chemical compounds in the essential oils you wish to use with your cat, are known before using them.
Cats being so very chemically sensitive, can react strongly and even be poisoned by an essential oil that is adulterated, grown with the use of pesticides or even distilled in a less than optimum manner. So PLEASE do not experiment with just any essential oils on your cats. Purity is everything when using essential oils. In my 20 years of using exclusively – Young Living Essential oils, I have found them to be the only oils guaranteed pure, organic and therapeutic/medical grade that have been useful and helpful with my own cat.
Diffusing Essential Oils for Cats
Diffusing EOs for cats can be a safer way in some cases but always make sure the oils being used are low in phenols and pure, naturally distilled, certified organic or therapeutic grade – such as Young Living which are the only ones I have used with my companion animals for 20 years. I can not speak to the safety or effectiveness of any other brand so please be cautious and do your research to find the purest and best essential oils possible for your cat.
Essential Oils when Diffused (cold air diffuse only) will remove metallic particulates and toxins from the air, increase atmospheric oxygen, increase ozone and negative ions in the area and destroys odors.
When diffusing oils specifically for your cat, be careful to not use excessive amounts of essential oil, and choose oils which have lower volatility’s as far as possible. In addition, always ensure there is good air circulation especially during the diffusion process. Make sure your cat can get away to ‘undiffused’ air at any time it wants to, and only diffuse in smaller individual room.
Applying EOs on your Cat
Cats need just a fraction of an amount of essential oils that a dog would and they are best used with a carrier oil. be placed on the body with a carrier oil. Young Living EO’s are therapeutic grade, which makes them extremely concentrated. LESS IS BETTER when using therapeutic grade EO’s.
To apply directly to the cat, place one drop of oil on the palm of your hand and then add several drops of carrier oil – with your other hand swirl them together, clock-wise and use your finger to collect a drop and place on the cat. Or swirl your palms together until most of the oil and carrier oil have been absorbed into your own hands and then pet the remainder on to the cat’s hair.
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and “carry” them to the skin. There are several oils that can be used as carrier oils, such as virgin, organic olive, coconut oil or the Young Living V6 carrier oil.
100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils cannot build up on the skin, they are quickly absorbed. Diluted essential oils or carrier oils are different and will often leave an oily film.
CAUTION: Just as in a human, never drop oils into a cat’s eyes or ears!!!
I cold-air diffuse Young Living Essential Oils daily with my cat, dogs and sometimes even my African Grey Parrot in the room with me. Of course, there is good ventilation or air flow and the dogs and cat can always leave the room at will.
IMPORTANT! Essential oils, high in phynols are not recommended to be used with cats. Some of the better known essential oils high in phenols are: Tea Tree or Melaleuca, Oregano, Thyme, Clove, Mountain Savory, Cinnamon, Cassia, and Ravensara.
Please Note: Toxicology studies show that the feline liver usually needs 48 hours to process and excrete ‘terpenes’, thus it is suggested that you allow 48 hours between the end of last diffusion and starting another one in order to avoid repeated exposure by inhalation.
I highly recommend a consultation when you are uncertain which specific oil is best for the condition you are wishing to address with your pet.
For more information on Essential Oils in Animal Care – you may be interested in reading the book co-authored by three animal naturopaths – Essential Oils In Animal Care, A Naturopathic Approach.
Contact Dr. Jeannie to explore how essential oils can help your pet (and you!).
Young Living Essential Oils
True, pure essential oils such as Young Living’s, are distilled from plants as subtle volatile liquids, the life-force, the regenerating and oxygenating immune defense properties of plants containing naturally occuring vitamins, minerals, enzymes and hormones. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds.
Pure essential oils are fifty times more potent than herbs. They have a very unique lipid structure including oxygenating molecules that gives them the ability to penetrate cell membranes and transport oxygen and nutrients inside each cell of the body within only 21 minutes of their application and,in some cases, within seconds.
Essential oils help promote emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. Shelf life of pure essential oils is a minimum of 2000 years as shown by the essential oils that were retrieved from King Tut’s Tomb.
Pure essential oils (such as Young Living) have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food and even the human and animal body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the body, restoring it to normal healthy levels.
Every molecule of essential oils have the ability to: increase oxygenation of the cell by 21%; take nutrients into the cells; remove toxins from the cells; cross the blood/brain barrier; increase the immune system within the body. These five items give the cells the ability to balance themselves, therefore regenerate healthy cells. One drop of Therapeutic essential oil will penetrate every cell within the body within 21 minutes. As an example of the concentration of these oils, one drop of Lemon oil is equal to the rinds of 50 organic lemons.
Unlike synthetic chemicals, essential oil chemicals are diverse in their effects. No two oils are alike. Essential oils are one of the highest known sources of antioxidants that can prevent free radical damage. They also contain a bio-electric frequency that is several times greater than that of herbs and food. Thus, these oils have a profound effect of raising the frequencies of the animal’s (and human’s) body — aiding supporting a healthy immune system.
With all that I just mentioned, such as high frequency, high oxygenating molecules, fast delivery systems to the cells, immune promoting properties, etc., essential oils may assist in aiding the body to eliminate free radical damage as well as the potential dangers of our electro magnetically polluted environment.
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