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Though people typically handle properly diluted essential oils very well, it is more difficult for cats to metabolize them. Because of this, it’s very important to be careful with the types of essential oils that are used around your furry friend.
Even diffused oils can cause neurological issues if they are the wrong type. So make sure to research and talk to your vet before using essential oils for cat urine odor removal.
Some essential oils are incredibly dangerous for cats. They can cause allergic reactions, neurological issues and sometimes, even death, even when they are only diffused in a room.
Essential oils that contain phenols, d-limonene, and/or ketones simply aren’t processed well by cat’s bodies.
Some popular essential oils to avoid having near cats are listed below. These have have high levels of phenols, d-limonene, and/or ketones and can cause issues.
Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca)
Mint Oils (wintergreen and peppermint)
Ylang Ylang Oil
Sweet Birch Oil
Some oils that are safer to use around cats (with veterinary approval) are:
First, blot up all excess urine, then spray the mixture over it to help dissipate any lingering smell. The essential oils can work with the vinegar to keep the stain from setting and neutralize the odor.
But that’s not the only benefit of using essential oils for cat urine!
This can be achieved through both, scent aversion and diffusing them in a well-ventilated room for relaxation.
The light scent of diffusing an essential oil may help a stressed kitty calm down. This might be beneficial in stopping unwanted spraying behaviors.
Cats have very sensitive noses. Using vinegar and essential oils together will help neutralize and dissipate the urine scent. Since they can no longer smell their pee in that area, they won’t consider using it as the bathroom.
The smell of the essential oils will also linger. When the oils are concentrated near a cat’s nose, they most likely won’t appreciate the smell. This can work in your favor because cats usually won’t visit a spot where they don’t like the scent.
Yet another way that you can use essential oils for cat urine is diffusing them. Sometimes kitties urinate in inappropriate places when they are stressed out. And like people, they can respond to aromatherapy.
As discussed above, it’s important to avoid essential oils with high concentrations of phenols, d-limonene, and/or ketones when diffusing or using them for cleaning.
It’s also important to diffuse in a well-ventilated room, and never shut a cat in a small room with a diffuser on. But scents like clary sage, lemongrass and frankincense can both freshen a room and offer scents that can calm the mood.
Calm cats are more likely to use their litter box correctly!
As we’ve discussed, essential oils can be controversial and sometimes even dangerous. However, the right ones can also be very beneficial for cleaning, refreshing your home and providing some calming scents for both you and your cat!
Just remember to ask your vet about the safety of the oils you want to use. Also, never feed your cats essential oils, put them on your cats (especially undiluted) or use essential oils with high concentrations of phenols, d-limonene, and/or ketones.
If you find the right oil, you can be sure to have a wonderful smelling, comfortable home free of cat odors!