We hope you don’t have this ringworm problem with your pet anymore; however, if you do, we wanted to be able to offer some help tips about Tea Tree oil and cats. Tea Tree Oil is reported to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and many pet owners use it to reduce ringworm symptoms.
We thought you might appreciate some important information on just how toxic Tea Tree oil is for cats (Just in case you have cats).
Tea Tree Oil Toxic to Cats
In the early 1990s, it was suggested that cats with nerve disorders were unable to tolerate Tea Tree oil and suffered ill effects from its use. It was recommended that the amount of the oil in a product such as a cat shampoo should not exceed 1% although even that small amount may be toxic to certain individuals. American cat owners were advised not to use Tea Tree oil at all on cats with diabetes, epilepsy, metabolic, or neurological disorders or on young kittens whose immature livers may not be able to cope with it.
Cases of Tea Tree oil poisoning have since been reported to the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) of the US following external application of the oil to cats. In most cases, the oil had been used at inappropriately high doses, causing acute poisoning. Symptoms occurred 2 – 8 hours after topical application of Tea Tree oil products. Symptoms were depression, weakness, ataxia, lack of coordination, behavioral disorders, and muscle tremors. Warning signs may include vomiting, dizziness, clumsiness, lack of appetite, and lack of energy.