Below are some important points I gleaned from Section 5 of this book - titled "Aromatherapy for Cats --- Sensitive and Mysterious Creatures"
On the other hand, hydrosols are usually safe for cats. Hydrosols have a water base and are typically much gentler. They do not include phenols and ketones. Some popular hydrosols include chamomile, rose, geranium and neroli oil. In addition to using aromatherapy to calm cats, oftentimes people also successfully use hydrosols for treating flea or tick problem. Hydrosols have also been successfully used for calming purposes when they are applied to litter boxes.
It is extremely important to note that there are safety issues related to aromatherapy for you cat. You should never simply start treating your cat with essential oils or attempt to undertake aromatherapy on your own. Cats are obviously not people. In fact, cats can be poisoned by essential oils. In short, this is serious business!
Aromatherapy for Cats - Feline Wellness Online
Calming Aromatherapy for Cats - Pets
I just purchased a book recently about Essential Oils, Hydrosols and Pets. There are definitely some serious contraindications for diffusing oils and cats. It has to do with the fact that their livers do not produce a certain enzyme that can break down and eliminate toxins. Diffusing certain essential oils can make cats very sick and even cause death. There are some safe oils, but I don't have the book handy and don't want to make a guess. I do remember for certain that the cannot process the "limonenes?" present in lemon, lime, etc. and certain terpenes. The book is in my office. On Monday, I will post some information for you and I will give you the name of the book and the author. The authour trained under Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt author of Advanced Aromatherapy and founder(?) of Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, so I think it's safe to assume she is a trusted authority on pets/cats and essential oil use. She has case studies in her book as well and she mentions the Lavender Cat.If you want to use aromatherapy for your cat, hydrosols are your only safe option. Hydrosols are wonderful because cats CAN tolerate them with no problems, no toxicity. They can be spritzed on the cat for deodorizing or flea and tick control, used as ear cleaners or calming agents. They are not concentrated as EO's are and do not require the careful thought and dilution which essential oil use does.Amazon reviewer was successful with using aromatherapy for her cat. The cat was ridden with fleas but Susan did not want to use toxic flea treatments that could harm her cat. So Susan mixed a bit of with a lotion and rubbed it on the back of her cat’s neck where she cannot lick it. Susan consistently uses this blend to keep the fleas at bay, and it works. “So much better than putting flea poison on her!” ()., also known as hydrolats or steam distillates, are 100% non-alcoholic waters that are drawn straight from the aromatherapy still. There is still debate as to their safety for cats but most sources indicate that hydrosols are safe. Hydrosols can be used on your cat(s) for the following treatments: