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Is Cedar Oil Toxic to Cats?

Cats are special to us here at Cedarcide. They work alongside us all day, everyday—sleeping in our laps, lounging on our desks, watching over us as we hand-bottle & package your orders. (We’re now going to shamelessly show off our office cats, because who doesn’t keep 500+ pet pictures on their phones for these exact opportunities, right?)

C1 and C2 doing their weekly peanut inspections.

(Fun fact: We use pet safe, biodegradable peanuts that are made from corn starch.)

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“I think maybe I can fit in here like dis.” -C2

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Conan enjoying a mid day cat nap.

OK, enough pet pictures (for now.)


Occasionally we’re asked, “Is cedar oil toxic to cats?” The short answer is No. We wouldn’t let our furry friends hang around—much less use—our products if they were toxic or otherwise unsafe for cats. But there’s more to be said about the relationship between cedar oil and cats. Let us explain.


Cedar Oil And Cats

Cats—being highly sensitive to both odors and many essential oils—can suffer adverse side effects from improperly formulated cedar oil. Phenols, which are naturally present in several essential oils, can be outright fatal to cats, especially smaller individuals such as kittens. An inability to metabolize this common ingredient is what renders some types of cedar oil harmful to cats. Furthermore, some species of cedar—like Western red cedar—are naturally toxic to both pets and people, and should never be used in topical pet products.


How Is Cedarcide Cedar Oil Different?

Firstly, Cedarcide cedar oil never contains any phenols or phenolic compounds. Secondly, because we use only the highest quality cedar oil sourced from only pet-safe cedar trees (Juniperus ashei, to be specific), our products are always non-toxic, all natural, and safe for pets. Using a multi-step filtration process, our cedar oil is purified of all unnecessary contaminants—including any potentially harmful ingredients like phenols. However, as with any topical pet product, you should test your cat for possible sensitivity or allergy to cedar oil with a small first application.


How To Use Cedarcide For Cats

At Cedarcide, we offer three products for cats and cat owners: our all natural insect spray, Cedarcide Original, our non-toxic pet shampoo, Cedarsuds, and the all new Flea + Tick Brush.  

Tips for Using Cedarcide Original On Cats
Because cats like to lick their fur, and because they’re also extremely sensitive to scents, it’s best to test for possible sensitivity with a light initial application. While Cedarcide Original is non-toxic and cat-safe, on rare occasions smaller cats and kittens have found the natural cedar scent of Cedarcide Original too strong for their liking.

If like most cats, your furry friend takes no issue with Cedarcide Original, apply the formula by lightly misting your hands and massaging the spray into your cat’s coat. Be sure to apply Cedarcide Original all over—including armpits, in between toes, and around the ears and tail. Using Cedarcide Original in this way will not only kill any hidden pests, it will also provide protection against additional fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Cedarcide Flea + Tick Brush
The Cedarcide Flea + Tick Brush is the safest, easiest and most effective way to protect your cat from fleas, ticks and other biting insects. Designed to dispense Cedarcide Original insect repellent directly to your pet’s skin, the Flea + Tick Brush takes the mess out of keeping your cat safe from harmful pests. The moisturizing quality of Cedarcide Original will also help with tangles and matting.

Our pet shampoo is a favorite among cat owners. Simply use it as you would any other pet shampoo—It will leave your cat with a shiny, clean and great smelling coat.

Cedarcide Blog Post Image, 10 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe this Fourth of July

10 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe This Fourth of July🐾

Cedarcide Blog Post Image, 10 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe this Fourth of July

Fourth of July is just around the corner. In addition to yard work, bug-proofing your lawn, and collecting party supplies, you need to consider your pet’s safety. Humans might enjoy the thunder and brilliant display of fireworks, but it can be a terrifying experience for our pets. Did you know July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters? An influx of lost pets fleeing firecracker noises flood local shelters. Sadly, some of these pets never find their way back home. Follow these 10 simple guidelines to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July.


Keep Your Pets Inside
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On July 4th—and the days just before and after the holiday—keep your pets inside. Even outside dogs and cats should be kept safely indoors. The loud noises of fireworks can cause your pet to break their restraint or attempt to escape your backyard, accidentally harming themselves or others in the process.


Create a Safe Space for Your Pet
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In addition to keeping them inside, we recommend creating a calming environment for your pet during Fourth of July celebrations. Placing your pet in a quiet room with soothing music or television sounds will help distract them from the loud crashes going on outside. If your pet is crate-trained, placing them inside their crate in a quiet location and covering it with a blanket can help make your pet feel much safer.



Close All Doors, Windows, Curtains and Blinds

When frightened by the alarming sights and sounds of fireworks, pets often panic, attempting to flee the perceived danger at all costs. Pets have been known to break glass and even jump out of second story windows to find safety. To avoid such dangers, firmly shut all windows and doors, and pull closed curtains and blinds. Keeping your pet secured in a windowless room during July 4th is even better.


Double Check Collars and I.D. Tags

Even full-time indoor pets should never be without a collar and up-to-date tags. Before July 4th, verify that your pet’s tags are current (including microchip info), and that both tags and collar are securely fastened. If your pet has yet to be microchipped, we recommend speaking with your veterinarian about having it done as soon as possible. Lost pets reach an all time high during July 4th, and microchips statistically improve the chances of recovering your pet if they escape.


Prep for Potential Escape

Even after taking all the proper precautions, your pet might still escape. To prepare for this situation, take current photos of your pets to ensure you can help shelters quickly identify them in the event they become lost. The ASPCA Mobile App can be very useful, too, providing pet owners with a step-by-step guide on how to search and recover lost pets as soon as possible.


Keep Your Pets Away from Alcohol

Summer holidays are a fun time to grab drinks and make memories with family and friends. Because alcohol is more abundant during Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to be cautious about leaving beers and cocktails unattended and within reach of pets. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is toxic for pets, and can even be fatal if large quantities are ingested. Tell your holiday guests about these risks, and help keep a close watch on their drinks at all times.


Don’t Feed Pets from the Table

Onions, chocolate, avocado, coffee, salt, raisins, grapes, dough—all are toxic and potentially fatal for your pet. However tempting, you should never feed your pet from the table. Making sure that holiday guests understand this, too, is important. For more info on which human foods are toxic for pets, click here.


Use Pet-Safe Insect Repellent

Many pet owners use bug repellents and sunblock on their pets during the summer months. However, most bug sprays and sunscreens are not formulated for animals, and can cause serious harm to your pets. Make sure that any and all topical products used on your animal are pet-specific or pet-safe. (Tip: It’s recommended that you use an a naturally sourced, pet-safe insect repellent on your pet anytime they’re exposed to biting insects like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. July 4th is no different!).


Guard Against Heatstroke and Dehydration

While your pets should remain inside during fireworks and other loud July 4th celebrations, they’ll likely be outside at some point during the holiday weekend—whether for a walk, hike, or just playtime in the backyard. It’s going to be a hot weekend, and because nothing ruins a holiday like a panicked trip to the vet, you should monitor your pet for dehydration and heatstroke. Make sure to take regular breaks in the shade when playing outdoors with your pet, and ensure they also drink plenty of water. For more hot weather safety tips for pets, click here.


Do a Post-Holiday Safety Check

Beer bottles, firecracker debris, BBQ skewers, lighters, matches, and discarded food can all seriously harm your pet. After the holiday festivities have concluded, do a thorough sweep of your home and yard to remove all potentially dangerous items that guests may have left behind.


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