Rainy days are the peak season for fleas to thrive!
An effective repellent is indeed needed to protect our pets. However, we should always be mindful of the ingredients.
Most anti-flea products are labelled with "Natural Essential Oil", but not all of them are safe, even if it is natural. Using the wrong essential oil can cause severe consequences! Σ(lliдﾟﾉ)ﾉ
Cats metabolism is different from dogs. Some types of essential oil are safe for dogs only, whereas some are not suitable for both furkids.
Take note before using these ingredients on them!
1. Citrus Essential Oil
The smells of citrus essential oil such as lemon, orange, grapefruit are safe & calming to humans, but not for cats. Cats hate the smell very much because it is too pungent for them. If their skin comes in contact with these essential oils, it may cause skin allergies, rashes, and unbearable itchiness! Cats are known for their hygiene behaviours. They can spend most of the day on grooming themselves. Thus, they will ingest the essential oil if we apply it on their body. Plus, the peels of citrus fruit are toxic to cats. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even Hepatocyte Necrosis（Damage of liver cells）.( ×ω× ) Keep it away from your feline friends!
2. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass contains natural oil citronella which is often added to mosquito/insect repellent. However, this essential oil is poisonous to cats! There have been cases of cats suffering from shock after ingested the essential oil. Always be sure that furkids are away from it! ヾ(;ﾟ; Д;ﾟ;)ﾉﾞ
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
Although the fragrance of peppermint essential oil can repel fleas, it is harmful to the liver of cats and dogs! Using it on them might result in dermatitis and even liver failure! In the worst-case scenario, peppermint essential oil can be fatal to furkids with weak body immunity! இдஇ
Despite that, catmint/catnip and mint are different. Even if they are part of the mint family. Catmint/catnip are safe for cats to consume.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Apart from human-used shampoos and skincare products, tea tree essential oil can also be found in certain pet shampoos and flea repellent. However, cats & dogs should be avoided in using them. It might cause them Paralysis or Chronic Intoxication. To be on the safe side, never use tea tree oil for household cleaning. Furkids might contact with it when they sleep on the floor. The symptoms of poisoning after using tea tree essential oil on cats & dogs are fatigue, paralysis, twitching, trembles, drooling, vomiting, etc. Seek the vet for immediate medical attention if the above issues are found.
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Although furkids might not showing any abnormal symptoms at the moment of contact, these essential oils will still affect their health in long-term. Natural isn’t always safe. Don't forget to check the ingredients before using any product on them. Improper doses or concentration will also harm their health!
Which essential oil is suitable for pets?
Recent studies show lavender essential oil is safe to use on cats & dogs, but it is not very effective in repelling the fleas. On account of this, parents can use catnip essential oil instead. It works better to repel the pesky bugs. Having said that, it should be diluted to the safe concentration before applying on furkids. A safe-for-pet-use essential oil can cause skin allergies too. Keep the house well-ventilated while using the essential oil. Don't force them if they do not like it.
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