What Is Lavender Litter?
Cat owners are always looking for ways to keep their cats safe and healthy. One of the latest trends in cat litter is lavender-scented litter, which promises a more pleasant smelling environment for both cats and humans. But is lavender litter really safe for cats?
The main ingredient in lavender scented litter is lavender oil, an essential oil derived from the flowers of the Lavandula angustifolia plant. The aromatic properties of this oil have long been used in aromatherapy and it has also been found to have calming effects on both humans and animals. For these reasons, many pet owners believe that using lavender-scented products around their pets can provide a soothing atmosphere and help reduce stress levels associated with being confined indoors or other environmental changes.
Is It Safe?
While some pet owners may find comfort in the idea of combining aromatherapy with pet care, experts warn that there is still much unknown about how exactly how beneficial (or harmful) it might be to cats’ health. In fact, while some studies suggest that certain essential oils may offer benefits to pets when used topically or through diffusion (in small doses), there is not yet any research supporting its use as a part of regular cat care such as cleaning out kitty’s bedding or adding it to her food dishes or toys. Additionally, because these oils are highly concentrated substances they could be toxic if ingested by your cat so caution should be taken when using them near your feline friend.
Therefore we recommend speaking with your veterinarian before introducing anything new into your cat’s routine – including fragranced litters like lavendar scented ones – since each individual’s needs will vary based on their size and overall health status. Your vet can also provide advice on proper dosages if you decide you’d like to try incorporating aromatherapy into your pet’s life regimen.