Tea Tree for Cats
Tea Tree Oil, which is sometimes called melaleuca oil, is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia trees and is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties and its ability to treat wounds. It is found in subtropical climates, especially Australia where it has been used for at least the past 100 years, but it also grows well in Spain, Portugal and some of the southernmost regions of the U.S.
It is recommended that you only use for 2 weeks at a time since you can overdose your pet.
Tea Tree is known to be good for pain, cysts sprains etc.
Tea Tree is safe for cats in small concentrations (0.1% to 1%), but do not use 100 percent Tea Tree Oil as this cannot be taken orally and would be poisonous.
When diluted and used safely, Tea Tree Oil can kill and repel fleas. But it is among the herbal treatments listed as “especially risky” in the Merck Veterinary Manual. ... If your cat or dog licks the oil off, which pets tend to do as they groom, your pet could get very sick.
This wonderful essential oil has many medical applications for dogs and cats but must be appropriately diluted to be used safely and effectively.
Some of the uses of Tea Tree Oil for dogs and cats are as follows: treatment of skin irritation, drug and environmental allergies, wounds which are painful, affected skin sores. Some these ailments can be treated also with Manuka Honey which is derived from the tea tree plant.
- If the oil is ingested the following can happen depending on the circumstances of exposure: Loss of Co-ordination, Depression, Muscle Weakness / Tremors, Severe Drop in Body Temperature, Collapse, Liver Damage, Vomiting, Diarrhea and in severe cases Seizures.
- When using for flea control get advice since it depends on size and health history of the cat.