Tree Oil and Pets
tree oil is not only an effective treatment for all of man kinds
ailments, it has also been found to be an effective remedy for
pets and animals. It is said to be an effective deodorizer,
fur detangler, and external parasite repellent and is also used
to relieve hotspots, rashes, and irritations caused by flea or
other insect bites as well as many other conditions. It is very
read all product instructions carefully before administering to
you pet. Frequently it is used on cats without complications by
some pet owners but it is strongly suggested that you refrain from
using this oil on your feline friends. Due to their weak liver
function there have been many cases of cats becoming severely ill,
suffering permanent side effects, and in some cases loss of life.
Please see our
toxic to cats warning below. Please consult your veterinarian before
treating you pets with any concentration of melaleuca oil.
with being an effective remedy for many human skin ailments,
Tea Tree Oil is readily available at pet stores for treatment of
furry friends. However, if ingested, this helpful natural product
can become the furthest thing from effective, a toxic poison.
The use as a flea control on young kittens has been recorded as
in death in some cases.
in the 1990s with the suggestion of Tea Tree Oil causing
negative effects on cats with nerve disorders, it was recommended
that the amount of oil contained in animal products, such as cat
shampoo, should not exceed 1%. It was advised to owners of cats
with diabetes, epilepsy, metabolic or neurological disorders as
well as young kittens not to use products containing this substance
on their pets.
National Animal Poison Control Center also reported cases of
poisoning following external applications to cats. The majority
of these cases were the result of inappropriately high
doses, which caused acute poisoning. Symptoms typically occur 2-8
hours after topical applications and can include vomiting, dizziness,
clumsiness, lack of appetites and energy, muscle tremors, behavioral
disorders and weakness.
safe and highly effective for external use on humans, current evidence
recorded by veterinarians show melaleuca oil being toxic to cats,
due in part to the their comparably weak liver function. Cats are
notoriously sensitive to toxins; their livers are not able to metabolize
many substances that may safely be used on dogs or humans. For
this reason, a substance shown to be beneficial and safe for humans
may be unsuitable for use on cats.
for feline poisoning is by bathing the animal in a non-insecticidal
shampoo. Intravenous fluids and glucose are sometimes required
to strengthen the animal to overcome hypotension and to aid renal
elimination. When ingested, to decrease the amount of oil absorbed
in the stomach charcoal and cathartic is required. Cats properly
treated for poisoning typically recover within 2-3
is claimed that products containing this substance act as an
effective deodorizer, fur detangler, and external parasite repellent.
ability to penetrate the skin. Many cat owners use Tea Tree Oil
without any adverse effects, however it is important to know the
risks and carefully follow all instructions with regard to feline
products containing melaleuca oil.