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Reducing My Cat's Anxiety & Odor


Author: Jackie B.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 08-02-2006
Views: 6,151
Word Count: 256
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 1627-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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This testimonial I owe to a vet who uses essential oils in her practice.

My cat Jackson was spraying around the house, and I was at my wits end, thinking I'd have to have him put to sleep. My regular vet suggested Prozac, but a holistic vet suggested a combination of essential oils to quiet the cat's anxiety, which is the usual cause of cat spraying. She did say that if a cat is really anxious, she does suggest Prozac for a very short period of time.

She gave me this mix: 1 tbs. V-6, mixed with 3 drops each of the Peace & Calming oil blend, Valerian, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver and Petitgrain. Start with one of these essential oils and add 1 or more over time. My experience is that a couple of these is sufficient. Spread the mix on the cats paw pads, between toes, and on inner ear flaps 2-3 times/day. I do it 1-2 times/day.

As best as I can tell, Jackson is no longer spraying. He does whine when I pick him up to put on the oils, but he calms down once I put them on. It was also suggested diffusing the Peace & Calming oil blend a couple times a day.

To eliminate the smell of the cat spray on the carpet, mix 10 drops of the Purification oil blend, 10 drops of the Melrose oil blend into a spray bottle with a few drops added of the Thieves oil blend. Spray on spot until odor clears.

It really eliminates the odor!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
2.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
3.Associated topics: anxiety — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
4.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
5.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
6.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
7.Associated topics: stress,anxiety — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
8.Associated topics: stress — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link

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