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Old May 3rd, 2005, 09:54 AM
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Is Lavender Safe for Cats?

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i as watching a show on animal planet and they where giving large cats lavender oil sprinkeled on paper and cloth and then letting the cats play with it. they loved the smell and rolled around in it. my question is is this safe for my house cats? my vet had know idea. thank you for your time.

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Old May 6th, 2005, 02:29 AM
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Re: Is Lavender Safe for Cats?

Hi Carolyn,

This is a very handy site to hold on to as you can search for toxic plants by animal and other criteria.

Happily, lavender is not listed as a concern for cats. :)
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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Re: Is Lavender Safe for Cats?

Thanks for the info that Lavender is not safe for cats.
I think you were asking about oil though. Please be careful of any aromatherapy oils in relation to cats as they can cause terrible burning to the skin and also over a period of time damage to the liver.
Please see http://www.thelavendercat.com/homepage.html for more info.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Re: Is Lavender Safe for Cats?

The liver is most often the organ which is affected by essential oils. Cats' livers are simply not the same as humans' livers, and they lack the ability to properly metabolize the various compounds in essential oils. So lavender oil is not safe for cats.
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