Australian Tea Tree oil kills cats
Since I'm here I thought I should take this opportunity to add something that is perhaps useful. Australian Tea Tree oil is extremely dangerous to cats. It causes hypothermia and very likely death and there is no real treatment other than supportive care. Cats that do not die from esxposure to the oil have hypothermia, severe neurological symptoms and usually some level of kidney and liver damage which is typically permanant. The oil is absorbed right through the cats skin even when there are no scrapes or open wounds on the cat and the amount a cat can absorb directly thorugh the skin is enough to cause maximum symptoms and suffering. Cats who lick the oil off of any surface or off of themselves are also severely poisoned. Many cat products, such as some shampoos, conditioners, and other items contain this oil and are marketed as safe for cats. Some professional groomers also use products which contain Australian Tea Tree oil.