Cats and essential how to get rid of ants in your house oil safety – Robert Tisserand

Some quite strong feelings and opinions have been expressed about how to get rid of ants in your house essential oils and cats, and a frequently asked question is “is it safe to diffuse essential oils around cats?”. Diffusing essential oils can be toxic to humans if it’s over-done, causing neurological symptoms such as headache or fatigue. In general, making long lists of specific oils that are allegedly “safe” or “toxic” to cats doesn’t make a lot of sense to me – it’s more about overall exposure. You can diffuse essential oils around cats safely, so long as there’s good ventilation, you only diffuse small amounts for limited periods of time, and your cat has the freedom to leave the room how to get rid of ants in your house if it wants. A few parts per million of aromatic vapor in the how to get rid of ants in your house air is not likely to be harmful, but be careful to avoid build-up of vapors over many hours.

Cats almost completely lack important liver enzymes that humans do how to get rid of ants in your house possess, and which are important in the metabolism of many essential how to get rid of ants in your house oil constituents. These are primarily UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes such as UGT1A6, UGT1A9 and UGT2B7 (court 2013, van beusekom 2013). Therefore, there is a theoretical risk of increased toxicity to cats, though this is very much less of an issue with how to get rid of ants in your house dogs. Menthol, for example, is primarily metabolized (in humans and rodents) through glucuronidation, and toxicity testing shows that menthol is 3-4 times more toxic to a cat than a rat how to get rid of ants in your house (opdyke 1976). We don’t know for sure that the greater toxicity to felines how to get rid of ants in your house is because of the missing enzyme, but it’s very likely. But, while 3-4 times is a significant difference, it’s not a massive one. I certainly don’t advocate dousing your cat in large quantities of neat how to get rid of ants in your house essential oils – ever. And cats are quite susceptible to toxicity from nutmeg oil how to get rid of ants in your house and tea tree oil. But, a small amount of any essential oil, and a moderate amount of most, will not harm your cat.

In 1995 a japanese film crew came to my house how to get rid of ants in your house in brighton england, to film me and my cat myrtle. It was for a japanese tv show about famous people how to get rid of ants in your house and their cats, but the focus was clearly on myrtle, not me. And, I guess you did not have to be an A-list celeb to be classed as “famous”… the shoot with myrtle was difficult. She was not a very social creature even with her how to get rid of ants in your house family and there were strangers in the house. At one point she hid under a bed, and my two (then little) girls decided to jump up and down on the bed, to “encourage” her to come out. The film crew’s focus went down to floor level in order to how to get rid of ants in your house film myrtle steadfastly staying where she was, with the mattress bouncing up and down on her head. This went on for some time.

Somehow myrtle survived a further 13 years and when she how to get rid of ants in your house passed away she was replaced by ziggy. Ziggy is a maine coon, a breed of cat ideally suited to cold climates. Maine coons have long hair, even between their toes, and long, bushy tails. So, not exactly perfect for southern california weather, but when we got him as a kitten he didn’t look especially hairy! I have never used essential oils on ziggy, because I have never had a reason to. I did use tea tree oil on myrtle once, when she had an infected puncture wound. I squeezed out the pus, and dripped one drop of tea tree oil into the how to get rid of ants in your house hole. I repeated this treatment over next two days, and she healed up fine after that.

However, an “overdose” of tea tree oil could be lethal to a cat. A total of 60 ml of undiluted tea tree oil how to get rid of ants in your house was applied to the skin of three cats, as a treatment for severe flea bites (the cats had previously been shaved but there were no how to get rid of ants in your house nicks) and to prevent further infestation. Later the same day, one cat was hypothermic, uncoordinated and unable to stand; one was comatose with severe hypothermia and dehydration, and one was trembling and unsteady. After intensive treatment two of the cats recovered and one how to get rid of ants in your house died (bischoff and guale 1998).

The outcome is perhaps not surprising considering the very large how to get rid of ants in your house amount of essential oil used, 20 ml on each cat. Given that a typical cat weighs 3-5 kg, this is equivalent to 4.0 – 6.6 ml/kg, although not all of it would be absorbed. The cat that died had elevated liver enzymes, suggesting hepatotoxicity. Several cases of toxicosis have been reported when tea tree how to get rid of ants in your house oil was applied topically to dogs and cats. In most incidents the oil was used to treat skin how to get rid of ants in your house conditions at inappropriate high doses. The typical signs observed were depression, weakness, incoordination and muscle tremors. Treatment of clinical signs and supportive care has been sufficient how to get rid of ants in your house to achieve complete recovery within 2-3 days (villar et al 1994). But perhaps the greatest aromatherapy-related threat to a cat’s health comes from pennyroyal oil. The following text used to appear on the now foods how to get rid of ants in your house website – it has since been removed, which I think is a good thing, for safety reasons.

“fun fact: back in the days of yore, pennyroyal was also known as “pudding grass” for its use in a stuffing made of pennyroyal, honey, and pepper that was often used in hog’s pudding . Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family, and exudes a fresh, minty, herbaceous scent. While its scent is actually a bit more powerful than how to get rid of ants in your house other mints, its therapeutic value is actually not as strong. Pennyroyal was used frequently by ancients for a variety of how to get rid of ants in your house ailments, and remains current in the british herbal pharmacopoeia, which recommends it for flatulence, intestinal colic, the common cold, delayed menstruation, and gout. However, its primary use in today’s world of aromatherapy is in pet care. Pennyroyal was a favorite of pliny the elder in the how to get rid of ants in your house fight against fleas, and remains a favorite natural enemy of fleas to this how to get rid of ants in your house day.”

Here’s another fact – using undiluted pennyroyal oil to treat your cat’s fleas could also kill your cat. We know that pennyroyal oil is toxic to the liver how to get rid of ants in your house in both rodents and humans. We don’t know about toxicity to cats, but it can’t be any less toxic. Many websites do contain warnings about pennyroyal oil, and using dried, crushed pennyroyal leaves is perfectly safe. However, the fact that you can buy a 1 oz bottle how to get rid of ants in your house of pennyroyal oil, and that neither it (see left), nor the above (related) website specifically tell you (a) not to use pennyroyal oil undiluted on your pet, nor (b) how much to dilute it for it to be safe, is worrying. (the reference to “aromatherapy” on the label is intriguing – what constitutes “aromatherapy use”? I certainly can’t think of a scenario in which undiluted pennyroyal oil how to get rid of ants in your house would be safe.)

The rat oral LD50 value for pennyroyal oil is 400 how to get rid of ants in your house mg/kg (opdyke 1974) compared to 1,900 mg/kg for tea tree oil (ford et al 1988) so pennyroyal is approximately 4.75 times more toxic than tea tree. Since 20 ml of dermally applied tea tree oil is how to get rid of ants in your house lethal to a cat, then the probable equivalent lethal dose of pennyroyal would be how to get rid of ants in your house 4.2 ml. I have little doubt that, in sufficient concentration, both essential oils will kill fleas, but there has been no published research on essential oils how to get rid of ants in your house and cat fleas, dog fleas or human fleas. So we really don’t know what would be a toxic concentration to fleas, while being nontoxic to cats. My advice – tea tree oil is fine to use occasionally at up how to get rid of ants in your house to 5% on cats, and pennyroyal may be safe at up to 1%, but is probably best avoided. Whether these concentrations would repel or kill fleas I have how to get rid of ants in your house no idea, but I would suggest not using pennyroyal oil as a how to get rid of ants in your house pet flea treatment. Sensibly used, most essential oils are safe to use in pet grooming how to get rid of ants in your house products, or for low-level, intermittent diffusion.

I believe you are referring to best yet by cedarcide, a product of texas red cedar oil. I have used it on my cats, goats and horse with great effect. I usually brush my cat and then spray some of how to get rid of ants in your house the oil in my hands and rub it into his how to get rid of ants in your house fur. He does not care for the smell but it seems how to get rid of ants in your house to dissipate reasonably quickly. My one kittie who had beautiful fine long orange and how to get rid of ants in your house white fur would attract a lot of dirt in the how to get rid of ants in your house summer (we are out in the country) and that was the only drawback.

My other cat is a stray who visits frequently. He refuses to stay in where it is warm and how to get rid of ants in your house has arrived with congestion several times. Again..Although he does not like the smell, I am having great success getting him stronger with a how to get rid of ants in your house wee bit of frankincense placed on a back paw. A bit of lavender at night has also helped him how to get rid of ants in your house to stay in and rest a bit longer. I have offered the bottle of breathe for him to how to get rid of ants in your house sniff…which he does and licks his nose…but does this have too much menthol for him? I want to help him clear his lungs.

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