Is tea tree oil safe around cats?

by Meagan

I was wondering if tea tree oil is safe around cats? I spilt a bottle of tea tree oil on my kitchen floor and cleaned up as much as I could. I'm worried my cat may lick the floor and ingest some left over oil. Is tea tree oil poisonous to pets?

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Nov 30, 2007
Tea tree oil considered poisonous to pets
by: Kevin L.

Hi Meagan,

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website states that tree oil can have toxic potential, depending on the circumstances of exposure.

Some symptoms may include muscle weakness, loss of coordination, and even possible liver damage.

Here's a link to a medical study on tea tree oil poisoning in three purebred cats.

Try using a good soap cleanser on your floor to help break up the oil, so it's easier to remove.

Hope this helps you, Meagan!

Speaking of cats, I thought I'd share a picture of my cat, Marbles, snuggling up on one of my old shirts.

Jan 10, 2008
Yes, tea tree oil is TOXIC to cats
by: Anonymous

hope your kitty is okay!

Aug 06, 2010
Tea tree oil on my cat...
by: tammy

I have used tea tree oil for years, on many different things, so I never really considered it dangerous. As it were, an old cat from up our street had decided to take up residence at our house to get away from the owners dogs. So, we let her stay, made places for her to sleep (outside, because I have 2 inside cats), etc. etc. So one day I'm looking at her and she seems to have a cold in her eye. Well, I didn't really have the extra funds to take her to the vet at that time, so, I mixed a few drops of tea tree oil in some warm water, soaked a cotton ball in it and wiped her eye. I did it a few times, she didn't fight me, and within a day or 2 it was gone. That's the only time I've used it on a cat, but it was diluted.

Now I'm not saying to use it on your cat, but quite frankly I can't imagine why humans can use it (even full strength), but cats cannot. Anyway, that's how it happened for me, I would do it again if needed on my cats. You decide for yourself.


Oct 17, 2010
Tea Tree Oil Toxic to My Cat
by: Stephanie

Hi, I have a Persian cat and she has a history of a little bit of dry skin during summer/fall change. I had purchased a bottle of "Miracle Oil" which is great for all skin issues, and I mean Great! It's a vegan product and 100% natural. I Googled each ingredient, with tea tree oil being one and I read that it's helpful for animals with skin problems!!! Idk if it's how I worded my question but that's what I found.
So I applied it on a few areas and soon after she was a totally different cat, one that I'd never seen. She was stumbling and wouldn't come near any of us which is SO out of character for her, normally she won't leave our side. She was vomiting and the list goes on. I was sick to my stomach and so worried, especially after I searched the net again for answers about the ingredients and all seemed safe but Tea Tree Oil!! I cleaned every bit of it off her, and that's all that could be done and I stayed up all night with her until finally it was all out of her system. Thank god, and I pray there's no long term effects. Sorry for the loonngg comment lol just trying to help :)

Aug 16, 2011
Don't use tea tree oil on your cat - use lemon water....
by: Anonymous

Hi, my cat recently got fleas. I was unsure what to do so I went to the chemist. They sold me this spray that was supposed to get rid of them. It didn't work I also used Spot on; I tried giving her a shower and I've combed her hair but nothing is working.

I've been told to make lemon water as it kills the little blood suckers; but don't use lemon essential oil. The poor little things are very sensitive to essential oils.

If any one could advise me I'd really appreciate it. Also, I tried tea tree oil as I swear by the stuff but she freaked out it was too over-powering. I hope my experience can help some one else in the same situation. Thank you for reading my story. Good luck to all of us in this situation. Take care, xxx

Aug 11, 2012
don't use it on our four footed friends.
by: Anonymous

Tea tree oil is not safe for our kitty friends, I almost killed our cats after reading that it was on a few sites, after very careful nursing they where alright, but I am still worried about the lasting effects on them. After even more research I have found that it is also unsafe for dogs.

Aug 27, 2012
used Tea Tree Oil on my cat, but removed it after reading this!
by: Beth

I just put tea tree oil on a small abrasion on my cat's chin. I used a cotton swab with 1 or 2 drops on it and spread it on his chin, but after reading this I took a wet paper towel and wiped it off and put a tiny dab of neosporin on it instead. I hope he'll be ok. He seems fine, but I just put it on him about 30 minutes ago and he can't lick it off directly at all as it is under his chin near his neck.

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