Does anyone know any essential oil that cats like to smell? It seems, that my cat likes nothing. Maybe the smell of oils is too strong. I have tried fir-tree, pine, mint, melissa, eucalyptus, orange, lavender.

  • Catnip, obviously... Most others are likely to be uninteresting to a carnivore, and if applied enough for us nose-blind humans to notice may be stronger than a cat woud prefer. What are you trying to accomp,ish?
    – keshlam
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 14:17
  • @keshlam just want to find the smell, that will be pleasant both to humans (me) and a cat. I like aroma oils, but can not use them, because the cat does not like:)
    – Gino Pane
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 14:22

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Essential oils are NOT recommended for use with cats without professional guidance. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy states:

Essential oil use for felines (cats) is very limited due to a cat’s sensitive metabolic system and their internal organs: the liver and kidneys do not breakdown certain substances due to lack of enzymes.

Some hydrosols-hydrolats (the aromatic-water by product that remains after the steam distillation process of plant material: flowers, leaves, twigs and bark for essential oil use) can be a gentle and safe alternative for animals, and even for cats if used in minute amounts: Always use under the guidance of a professional aromatherapist.

Animal Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety By Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT


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