Using Essential Oils for Cat Urine Odor Removal

Some essential oils can be very toxic to cats because their bodies process them differently than ours. However, there are some safe essential oils to deter cats from peeing and also to clean up accidents.
Using Essential Oils For Cat Urine Odor Removal

Essential oils are incredibly trendy these days. People are using them as deodorizers, as mood elevators and even as medical treatment for certain conditions. You can also safely use essential oils for cat urine odor removal in your home.

Doing so can help get rid of lingering odors and even help keep cats from marking the same spot over and over!

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.

Essential Oils for Cat Urine, Really?

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)

Lavender Oil

Cinnamon Oil

Clove Oil

Mint Oils (wintergreen and peppermint)

Citrus Oils

Pennyroyal Oil

Thyme Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

Ylang Ylang Oil

Sweet Birch Oil

Oregano Oil

This isn’t a comprehensive list and all oils should be researched and discussed with a veterinarian before use. Never feed a cat essential oils or put them directly on the cat.

Some oils that are safer to use around cats (with veterinary approval) are:

Clary Sage Oil

Rosemary Oil

Cedarwood Oil

Frankincense Oil

Lemongrass Oil

These oils can be made into a mixture. Use 1 cup white vinegar and 10-20 drops of any one oil or a mix of the oils above. Then use it as a room freshening spray or over a urine spot to help remove the smell.

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!

Do Essential Oils Stop Cats from Peeing Inappropriately?

Using essential oils for cat urine can deter cats from peeing in the wrong spot. Use the mixture mentioned above in those areas of your house where a cat urinates inappropriately. It can prevent them from returning and remarking the spot.

When used appropriately, you can certainly utilize essential oils to stop cats from peeing without any of the side-effects discussed above.

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.

How to Use Essential Oils to Deter Cats from Peeing Everywhere?

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!

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