In small concentrations (.1% to 1%), tea tree oil is tolerated and safe for cats and dogs.
Unfortunately, the oil’s popularity has resulted in larger numbers of households with bottles of 100 percent tree tea oil, and accidental ingestion or improper dilutions of this highly concentrated oil can be harmful to pets.
Can I use tea tree shampoo on my cat?
Research shows tea tree oil is safe for dogs and cats and effective only when it is diluted correctly – i.e., diluted in large amounts of water. The recommended ratio is 0.1-1.0 percent strength, to be dispensed topically.
Can tea tree oil kill cats?
When diluted and used safely, tea tree oil can kill and repel fleas. If your cat or dog licks the oil off, which pets tend to do as they groom, your pet could get very sick. Store-bought shampoos containing tea tree oil have very small amounts of tea tree oil.
What oils are safe to diffuse around cats?
Essential Oils Potentially 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.
Is tea tree oil toxic?
Poisoning: Tea tree oil is known to be poisonous if swallowed. A child who swallowed a small amount given to him by mistake went into a coma (from which he recovered). Tea tree oil and pets: Veterinary toxicologists have reported that large amounts of tea tree oil applied to the skin of cats and dogs caused poisoning.
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