Which Essential Oils Are Safe for Cats

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We love our feline companions and we love the scent of essential oils. However, cats and oils don’t always mix together very well. This is why it’s our job as responsible pet owners to stay informed about what is dangerous for our furry friends and which oils are safe for use.

Which Essential Oils Can I Use Around My Cats?

Here are a few of the essential oils that won’t harm and could potentially benefit your beloved feline companion:

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Not only is cedarwood safe for cats, but it actually has been proven to be lethal to adult fleas. After you have given your cat a flea bath, try adding a drop or two of cedar wood oil into their collar in order to prevent future flea infestations. Additionally, you can use cedar wood in a spray for fabrics in order to kill the fleas as their hatching. We would recommend a spray with equal parts vinegar or alcohol and water in a glass spray bottle with around 10 drops of cedar wood oil per cup of liquid.


This lovely citrus scent is great for adding to your DIY cleaner or DIY insect repellant without fear of harming your beloved cat in the process. While it is unknown whether this essential oil will keep fleas away, it does have a knack for keeping many types of insects at a distance.


Much like with cedar wood, peppermint essential oil is great for keeping fleas and other pests at bay without harming your feline friend. Try to fill up a glass spray bottle with water and mix in two to three drops of peppermint oil. Don’t spray it directly on your cat, but rather around the furniture, bedding, and carpet. However, you can dip a flea comb into the diluted mixture and then comb it through your cat’s fur.


Rosemary baths can be wonderful for flea control. Most prefer to mix one or two drops into a pitcher of water and pouring the mixture over your cat and letting it dry without rinsing. However, if your cat isn’t fond of water or you just want to be on the safe side, consider using it alongside the cedar wood oil on your cat’s collar and in the spray.

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