When researching Essential Oils and Cats, you will find a ton of warnings…ALL VERY VERY TRUE!
DO know, Young Living is different and is safe to use around your cats however.
Google search about EO’s being TOXIC to Cats and you will find a lot of misinformation – there are even some apps that are giving misinformation.
“There are a few specific oils no matter the grade that are toxic to cats”.
Cats are particularly sensitive to a group of oxygenated compounds called ketones and phenols, and some monoterpenes. It is the thujone content in ketones and carvacal in phenols that seem to create most of the problems when not used with enzymes. Carvacrol is a byproduct of d- limonene which is found in all citrus fruits and in many tree oils.Examples of essential oils for Cats that should should be used with caution meaning highly diluted are shown below.Examples of Phenols – Wintergreen, Anise, Birch, Clove, Basil, Tarragon, Fennel, Oregano, Thyme, Mountain Savory, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Calamus, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus citriodora, Parsley, Ylang Ylang. These all contain greater than 8% phenols.
Lets see how Dr Susan Albright, Dvm of Chenoa Vet clinic responded (plus she does have a video addressing this important topic).
“It’s when you take the ONE chemical component and use it (most likely synthesized) that is being equated to things like the metabolism of aspirin and other drugs (NSAIDs etc) that a lot of the oils listed as “do not use” is based on. I have yet (and I’ve been looking!!) to find a study that shows problems with the WHOLE oil being used.
Yes there are metabolism pathways in the cat that are deficient in sufficient enzymes thus slowing the metabolism of certain CHEMICAL components, but to condemn a WHOLE oil based on just ONE chemical compound is not appropriate in my opinion. THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY I”VE GAINED from my additional training at places like C.A.R.E. and ISHA CCA classes is that it’s the synergy of the WHOLE oil — meaning MULTIPLE CONSTITUENTS together that make the oils (YL of course) beneficial to the body. By itself an individual chemical constituent can be toxic and if the original balance of the constituents are skewed by adding or deleting components to achieve other end goals such as fragrance or intensity – say of 100% methyl salicylate i.e. some companies WINTERGREEN!!!!, that’s where issues arise.”- Dr Susan Albright
So this is why Young Living is different, we do not alter the plant, add or take away from the whole. Remember we said Young Living was different. Of course with anything new, please start off slow and work your way up when using the oils around your family (2 and 4 legs). Dilute when you start using essential oils and know when the problem is too big for you to handle alone, and consult your vet.