Cats are some of the most beloved pets in the world and their owners will do whatever they can to ensure their health and safety. Witch hazel is a popular ingredient found in many skin care products, but it’s important to know whether or not it’s safe for cats. In this blog post, we will discuss whether witch hazel is toxic to cats and what you should do if your cat comes into contact with it.
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is an astringent derived from the leaves, bark, and twigs of certain species of hamamelis trees native to North America, China, Japan, and parts of Europe. It has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for healing wounds and treating skin conditions such as acne or rashes due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Witch hazel also contains tannins which helps reduce inflammation caused by swelling or irritation.
Is Witch Hazel Toxic To Cats?
The answer is no—witch hazel isn’t toxic when ingested by cats nor when applied topically on their fur or skin. However, since there are other ingredients present in witch hazel-based products that might be harmful to cats (especially essential oils), make sure that any product you use around your kitty doesn’t contain any additional ingredients before applying them topically on your pet’s fur or skin! Additionally, make sure not to let them ingest concentrated forms of witch hazel either as this could cause digestive problems like vomiting/diarrhea in cats due to its high alcohol content (around 14%).
Witch hazel may have many beneficial effects on humans but it should never be given directly orally or applied directly onto a cat’s fur/skin without consulting a veterinarian first! If your cat does come into contact with it accidentally then take him/her immediately to the vet just so they can check up on their pet internally too just incase anything was swallowed during grooming sessions etc., Even though witch hazel itself isn’t toxic if consumed by accident – better safe than sorry right?