I recently received an e-mail from someone who is concerned about the safety of my certified organic products in cats. According to the e-mail, her main concern regards the inclusion of tea tree oil in my shampoos and ear wash. According to the writer, “Tea tree is, like all essential oils, toxic to felines as their livers can’t metabolize it. It has
proved detrimental to dogs too even in small doses but for different reasons. If you have reason to doubt what I am saying just check out www.thelavendercat.com or indeed any other reliable veterinary info regarding felines and essential oils.”
So I went to this site to check it out as suggested. While I found the safety concerns regarding essential oils comforting, the conclusion that “all essential oils are toxic to cats” is totally incorrect.
An important rule of toxicology is this- EVERYTHING is potentially toxic-the dosage determines whether something is safe or toxic.
When you read the literature, tea tree oil is often listed as toxic to cats and small dogs. However, in the proper concentration, as in my products, it is very safe and also effective.
I have used the Dr. Shawn’s Organic shampoos and ear wash on thousands of pets including small dogs, cats, and small kittens, without any adverse effects.
While the theory of tea tree oil toxicity is correct, my products have been clinically proven to be safe.
I do agree however that unless a consumer knows the reputation of the person formulating and making the products, it would be wise not to use any products containing essential oils on cats or small dogs without approval from a veterinarian. And pet owners should never attempt to prepare their own products at home as these can often prove fatal for any pet.
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