Thanks Sharyl-- I think I'll disregard oils and look at hydrosols instead. 

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Sharyl
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 8:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Essential oil for calming cats

I would never put a drop of essential oil on a cat.  There probably are safe 
ones to use but the majority are harmful.  I don't know about using a 
diffuser.  Some cats are sensitive/allergic to fragrances.  It would depend on 
your cat.

--- On Fri, 10/31/08, MacKenzie, Kerry N. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

From: MacKenzie, Kerry N. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Essential oil for calming cats
To:, "felvpositivecats" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Friday, October 31, 2008, 9:29 AM

Dear all

Does anyone know anything about the safety of using essential oils in a
kitty household? My aromatherapist friend says:

>>>>There seem to be two schools of thought, one of which
(internet) is
that essential oils in a diffuser can be too strong for cats, but that
hydrosols (also called hydrolats or floral waters) are safe to use,
simply sprayed into the air.  
The other source said that a single drop of essential oil [sweet orange]
in a diffuser was useful to calm cats.

I don't think myself that a drop of essential oil in a diffuser could do
cats much harm.  If this was harmful, I'm sure it would be well known.
I've never seen any warning about not using a diffuser if you have a cat
- or two!<<<<

Thanks! Kerry M.

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