~ * ~ Oils to Avoid with Animals ~ * ~
Oils to avoid topically (applied directly to a part of the body) and internally with Cats: Basil, Citrus Oils (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lime, Orange, Tangerine), Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Dill, Fennel, Jasmine, Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Wintergreen.
Oils to avoid topically and internally with Dogs: Birch, Melaleuca (Tea Tree),Wintergreen, Oregano, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Oils to Avoid with some Small Animals: Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, and Thyme.
~ Use additional caution when using Oils high in Phenols such as Basil, Anise, Clove, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, or Cassia, especially around Cats, Reptiles, and Birds.
~ Some Oils high in Monoterpenes may cause harm to Cats. Tea Tree is likely the most well-known, and Limonene have also been implicated. Some Pet owners should use caution with Citrus Oils, Pine, Spruce, Celery Seed, and Fir.
~ Ketones accumulate in Cats increasing the risk of Ketoacidosis. Pet owners should use caution with Dill, Peppermint, Rosemary and Fennel.