What Is Sandalwood?
Sandalwood is a fragrant wood native to India and Southeast Asia. The essential oils of this wood have been used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine as an antiseptic, stress reliever, aphrodisiac, and even to improve mental clarity. More recently, sandalwood has become popular among pet owners looking for natural remedies or ways to add a pleasant aroma to their homes. So what are the potential benefits and risks associated with using sandalwood around cats?
The Benefits Of Sandalwood For Cats
Sandalwood contains many compounds that can help cats maintain their health and wellbeing. Some of these compounds include linalool, nerol, geraniol, eugenol, terpinene-4-ol which are all known for having calming effects on animals when inhaled or applied topically in small amounts. This makes it great for reducing anxiety in kitties who suffer from separation angst or fear of unfamiliar places/people. In addition to being a natural sedative, sandalwood also has antioxidant properties which may support joint health as well as skin hydration—both important factors if your cat goes outdoors often!
Potential Risks Of Sandalwood For Cats
Although there are some benefits associated with using sandalwood products around cats (and humans!), there are also potential risks that need to be taken into consideration before introducing them into your home environment. If ingested by a curious kitty it can cause stomach upset—so keep any containers securely closed at all times! Additionally, just like us humans some cats might have an allergic reaction after coming into contact with the oil itself or products containing it so always perform patch tests first before applying anything directly onto their fur/skin (or better yet ask your vet).
Types Of Sandalwood Products Available
If you decide that adding some type of sandalwood product would benefit both you and your four-legged friend then you’ll be pleased to know that there are several available on the market today ranging from diffusers (which emit misty scents) through tp sprays (for spot treatment areas such as bedding) right up until shampoos designed specifically for pets use only! All these come in various concentrations so make sure you read the instructions carefully prior purchase if possible talk with someone expertly qualified too – like a vet nurse perhaps?!