Do cats like lavender?

Cats indeed have adapted to human ways. Have you noticed how your kitty would love to sleep on laundered clothes? Kitty has her very own comfy bed but every chance it could get; the cat would lie down on your pillow and blissfully go off to dreamland. Your bewilderment ended when you realized that just like you, kitty has developed an attraction to the lavender scent you are using on your laundry and to the dried lavender flowers on your pillow. Cats love mint and wheatgrass scents. Lavender is another botanical scent that cats like.

The bible mentioned lavender as one of the holy herbs used to prepare holy essences. Lavender belongs to the mint family. This annual herbaceous plant flourishes best in gravely or sandy well drained soil. Fertilizer would not be necessary as long as the plant gets plenty of sun and the roots have good air circulation. Lavender has culinary and medicinal use. Flowers that are produced abundantly can be candied or used as flavorings for desserts and baked goods. The relaxing and the refreshing scent make teas more invigorating. Mixed with other herbs, the essential oils produced from lavenders are extensively used in aromatherapy. Sachets of lavender seeds placed in pillows are no fail aids in getting relaxing and restful sleep. Extracts from lavender were widely used during World War 1 for the plant’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Lavender has beneficial effects on humans. What effects does this plant have on cats?

Some owners have attested to the catnip-like effects of lavender on their cats. One cat owner that has transferred to a home with lavender bushes was amazed at the change in behavior and attitude of the pets. It’s as if cats had a total change in personality. Cats love lavender. The cats appear ecstatic after playing in areas where lavenders are planted. It is a good thing that lavender is not harmful to these furry friends. Lavender was not included in the list of poisonous plants provided by ASPCA. However, it does not mean that because the plant is not listed, it is perfectly safe for cats. In the same manner, plants that were included in the list would not have unwanted effects on the pet. The scent of lavender, the flowers and the plant itself is not poisonous to cats but it would be a different matter if lavender essential oil is used on the pet.

Essential oils were once used on pets. Essential oils were once used for ear mite infestation and for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Like humans, cats get stressed too thus essential oils were as well used on pets. Aromatherapy was proven to be a great stress reliever for humans however; aromatherapy has harmful effects on cats. Peppermint, lemon and lavender are some of the potentially toxic essential oils to cats. These essential oils will have poisonous effects when applied to the skin, inhaled or taken internally. Application of these oils on the cat’s skin can cause severe burning. Inhalation or ingestion of the lavender oil will have unwanted effects on the cat’s liver. The liver serves as the chemical factory in the cat’s body. Cat’s liver is much smaller than human liver. Moreover, cat’s liver does not have the capability to metabolize the compounds found in essential oils. Toxicity would not occur instantly if lavender essential oil is applied externally. Extended external use of the lavender essential oil would eventually cause damage to the liver. Toxic effect will develop very quickly if the lavender essential oil is inhaled or ingested. Your pet may like the lavender too much but to be on the safe side wouldn’t it be wise to keep the pet away every time you use lavender oil is used for aromatherapy?

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