People with holistic experience when it comes to essential oils and cats attest that aromatherapy and topical application of well blended oils are great natural remedies. They can easily be done at home while also enjoying the aromas you create. Although there have been many reports of cat owners successfully treating ailments using essential oils alone (without visiting a vet) it is always a good idea to consult a veterinarian in case of something serious. In this chapter, you will learn all about the proven and tested essential oils for cats that can help you to get started with this new phase of your petting life!
THE SAFEST OILS
There ae some safe oils you can use without the need for a specific blend. This means you only need your carrier oil, the essential oil, and your cat to get started. Of course, you still need to dilute the oil before applying them on your cat. But it is a significantly easier way to get started right away without having to amass a collection of oils. Here is a short list of the known safest essential oils for cats and their uses:
GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL
This is one of the best known calming essential oil that's safe that's safe to use for cats. It gives off the sweet scent of roses that can also be used to blend your own perfumes. The mere fragrance of this oil can help uplift the mood of your cat and ease tension. It is even known to help alleviate physical symptoms such as cramps, edema, and sleeplessness.
When diluted, you can safely place up to two drops on your palms and pet your cat directly. You may also use this oil while applying Kitty Raindrop Technique. However, this particular oil is known to have adverse effects when sniffed directly by your cat. Just remember to use the smell test procedures when doing this ( refer to previous chapter).
CLARY SAGE OIL
Clary sage oil has higher levels of antioxidants as compared to other essential oils. When used on humans, this particular essential oil improves concentration and sharpens your focus. It is particularly useful during hormone fluctuations, especially in women. It may also help reduce the effects of aging and promote healthy hair.
When it comes to cats, clary sage oil or hydrosol is known to improve and protect the coat while helping the cat adjust to new surroundings. You can mix this with eucalyptus essential oil or hydrosol to improve this effect. While this is a useful therapy for newly adopted cats, it can also help maintain the health of your cat's fur in the long run.
This is by far one of the all-time favourites of essential oil users. lavender oil possesses a unique fragrance that can revitalize and boost your energy. Just like most of the other essential oils, lavender oil does a good job in promoting calmness and inducing relaxation.