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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Costa Mendez

Air fresheners, oils and incenses will hurt your kitty!

Cat’s sense of smell is 14 times better than that of humans. So strong smells and air fresheners and incense may help your home smell good but they can also trigger an asthma or coughing attack in certain cats. Asthma in cats (“feline allergic bronchitis”) can cause coughing spasms due the respiratory irritating effect of these sprays when breathed in.

Before we look at what scents are safe for cats, you should know which ones to avoid. The following essential oils contain phenols that could harm your little furball:

  • Citrus oil

  • Tea tree oil

  • Wintergreen oil

  • Pine oil

  • Peppermint oil

  • Eucalyptus oil

  • Ylang Ylang oil

  • Pennyroyal oil

  • Sweet birch oil

  • Clove oil

Some common signs your kitty may have been exposed to harmful scents include:

  • Watery nose

  • Watery eyes

  • Drooling

  • Vomiting

  • Tremors

  • Low Heart Rate

  • Low blood pressure

  • Ataxia (wobbliness)

  • Difficulty Breathing

  • Liver failure

But, not all is bad news. Here is a list of plants that smell great and According to the ASPCA are feline-friendly:

  • Basil

  • Easter Lily Cactus

  • Fennel

  • Hibiscus

  • Jasmine

  • Lemon Balm

  • Rose

  • Sage

  • Thyme

So plant away! They look fantastic too!



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