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Updated on January 4, 2011

Healthy, Happy Cat

Essential Oils for Cats ...


Aromatherapy can be used as successfully with cats as it is with humans – although when administering to cats you must always use a lower dilution.


A cat can become unsettled for a variety of reasons, ranging from a move of home, change of ownership or general hyperactivity. To combat this, the use of essential oils is very helpful. They can be applied directly to the cat’s coat behind it’s ears, on it’s collar or burned within the home.

2 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Chamomile

2 drops of Ylang Ylang

2 drops of Neroli

2 drops of Marjoram


To ‘pep-up’ a cat who lies around all day and you would prefer him/her to be a little more active, a leaf oil can be used in the same way as for the ‘unsettled’ cat.

2 drops of Rosemary

2 drops of Peppermint


Tea Tree oil can be used for anything that looks as though it may become infected. Bathe the area first with Lavender water. Use Lavender for anything that appears red, irritated or inflamed. Any oils that you apply to the cat’s coat will be ingested in small quantities when they lick their fur. This is fine and will not harm them in any way – in fact, if you are healing a wound the ingested oil will also help to heal from the inside.


Fleas can be annoying to cats and can irritate their skin. To combat this, a flea collar can be made.

2 drops of Tea Tree

3 drops of Citronella

2 drops of Thyme

3 drops of Lavender

1 garlic capsule

This blend can be rubbed into a leather or fabric collar as frequently as needed. Adding a garlic capsule to the cat’s food every day will also help to keep fleas at bay.


When cats scratch the furniture they are simply trying to shed their nails and place their scent into their territory. If your cat enjoys scratching the furniture a simple ‘scratching post’ can be made with a few drops of Valerian oil added to it regularly. Cats love Valerian. Catnip is also an excellent herb to use as cats are immensely attracted to it.


Cats can suffer from coughs, colds and bronchitis.

3 drops of Eucalyptus

2 drops of Cajeput

1 dessert spoon of carrier oil

Combine the oils and massage along the cat’s back and chest to help them to breathe easier. If the cat is distressed whilst ill use some ‘unsettled cat’ blend as well to calm them and aid in the healing.



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      ConcernedVetTech 5 years ago

      Tea tree oil and Lavender are toxic to cats. Most experts recommend avoiding all essential oils in cats. Cats are NOT small furry people. Their bodies react to certain chemicals in ways that are much different than a person or even a dog. PLEASE do not follow the advice in this article.

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      ConcernedCatLover 5 years ago

      Do not EVER put essential oils on your cat!!!! This damages their liver because they cannot process a lot of things that humans can and it takes a long time for their system to actually be cleaned out. It is even advised against to diffuse essential oils in a house where a cat resides. THIS CAN KILL YOUR CAT!!! DO NOT DO IT!!!! READ THIS ARTICLE

      Essential oils are terribly toxic to cats. Even the ASPCA says so. Essential oils can pose so many problems for your adorable little bundle of fur. In no way should someone use them on their pets! YOU COULD KILL THEM!