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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-04-2005, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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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.
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how can it cause hypothermia? hypothermia is when the core body tempurature drops below normal almost always caused by being exposed to the elements for too long. i don't see how teatree oil could cause that. i did already know that tea tree oil can harm cats, however.
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This just goes to show that not everything sold for pets is safe, much less effective.
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I think it is mainly when ingested that it causes hypothermia... I may be wrong, but I remember Dr Jean telling me tea tree oil in general is extremely toxic to cats.
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Wow I never realised. That'll be my tea tree soap going in the bin

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Before we all go and dump our products with this ingredient, we should verify the results. Where did you hear this? Is there another reputable source to back this up?

Remember all the hype about Alar in apples? What about these "scientifically proven" fad diets that last a month before they are scientifically disproven?
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I have used products with tea tree oil on my cats and never had a problem. I'm wondering if this reaction only occurs in some cats.
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I'm wondering if this reaction only occurs in some cats.
That is what I have read. But you don't really know until it's too late.
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My mother and I have used Tea Tree Oil topically to help heal sores from flea bites and/or rough play. However, Tooties and Poopsie have never shown any signs of illness. No signs of poisoning nor any signs of an adverse reaction. I think we need to have some published articles shown as proof.

Of course, ANY living creature can have adverse reactions to anything. How about the people that have extreme peanut allergies, allergies to bee stings, or adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate (MSG)? However, this does warrant all of us that use tea tree oil to keep a close eye on our pets.

I am in the dark though as to how it could cause hypothermia, even when ingested. Things like neurotoxins and most other poisonous substances do not drop the body temperature like that.
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Remember all the hype about Alar in apples?
Not to get off topic, but this also reminds me of saccharin. Sure it caused cancer in lab rats. But then, they were given the dosage equivalents of a normal human drinking 200 cans of diet soda a day for several years!

So back on topic, could it have been that tea tree oil was overused? ANYTHING can be toxic to any living being if grossly overused.
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