Fresh lavender is not toxic to felines, only the essential oils derived from the plants are.
Is lavender oil safe for cats to breathe?
A few common essential oils that are SAFE to use for your cat include lavender, copaiba, helichrysum, and frankincense. However, you should never leave your cat confined to a space where oils are being diffused. Always make sure that the cat can leave the room to get away from the diffuser.
Is Lavender safe for cats?
In fact, lavender essential oil is perhaps even worse for a cat than the plain plant. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states the common lavender plant (Lavandula angustifolia) contains linlool and linalyl acetate, two compounds toxic to cats (and found in other flowers like bergamot).
What scents are safe for cats?
These oils are known to contain phenols and be toxic to cats:
- Wintergreen oil.
- Peppermint oil.
- Citrus oil (including lemon oil)
- Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil)
- Pine oil.
- Eucalyptus oil.
- Cinnamon oil.
- Pennyroyal oil.
Are any essential oils safe for cats?
Essential oils can pose a toxic risk to household pets, especially to cats. Cats are also very sensitive to phenols and phenolic compounds, which can be found in some essential oils. The higher the concentration of the essential oil (i.e. 100%), the greater the risk to the cat.
Can I diffuse essential oils around my cat?
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 if it wants.
Are cats OK with incense?
Though it’s a popular way to add a pleasant scent and feeling of zen to many homes, incense combines many of the worst qualities when it comes to harm for cats. Cats can be extremely sensitive to smoke, which is a major factor in worsening, and perhaps even causing, cat asthma and other respiratory conditions.