Essential oils can help make your home more relaxing. Due to the increase in popularity, many models of diffusers and different scents of oils have been entering the market. However, some essential oils are toxic to cats, and you may be poisoning your furry best friend and not even know it. KESQ News from Palm Springs, California provides more information here: http://www.kesq.com/news/health-risks-pets-face-from-essential-oils/684657671
Oils such as peppermint, spearmint cinnamon bark, and tea tree oil can give your pet adverse reactions when the vapors are inhaled or come in contact with their fur and skin. Your cat can get extremely sick with rashes and respiratory issues. Most plants that are naturally poisonous to cats are available in essential oils, so it is best to avoid using those types of oils in your diffuser around them.
Keep in mind that these oils contain different concentrations of the essences in the vials. If you plan to use it on your skin, make sure that your cat does not lick or rub against that area on your body. Make sure that you have washed off the oil from your hands and arms when you want to pet or handle your cat. The oil can rub off and get onto your cat’s fur or skin, or they can ingest the oil when cleaning themselves.
If you already own a diffuser and have used it regularly, try to use it in a room where your cat cannot access. Take notice of any changes in your pet’s appearance and behavior. If a rash develops on your pet’s skin, try to dilute it with cold water. If the rash does not go away, you will need to have your pet visit your veterinarian. If you notice that your cat is acting more lethargically and has difficulty breathing, call your vet immediately.