Why Cats Love Lavender (dried & in moderation!)

As cat owners, we all want the best for our furry little friends. We want them to be happy, healthy, and relaxed. That's why we're always looking for products that can help soothe our cats and give them the comfort they deserve.

Did you know that lavender has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety in humans? Well, it turns out that cats can also benefit from lavender. However, there are some things to consider when using lavender for cats.

Lavender contains compounds called linalool and linalyl acetate, which can be harmful to felines in large or concentrated doses. This is why, at Meowijuana, we only use dried lavender in minimal amounts in our blends. The small amount of dried lavender in our blends can help your cat sleep better and reduce anxiety.

It's important to note that essential oils are more concentrated and contain larger amounts of linalool and linalyl acetate, making them more toxic to cats compared to dried lavender. The principle that the dose makes it toxic is paramount. It means that all chemicals, from whatever source – human manufacture or natural – are potentially toxic at some dose. The ASPCA even lists catnip as toxic to cats, because it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, but only if they were to ingest a large amount. While mild exposure to lavender is generally not harmful and may even help with anxiety, depression, and stress, it's crucial to use it in moderation and observe your cat's reaction.

Mice Dreams could be the solution to your cat's relaxation and stress-related issues. With its all-natural ingredients, including a minimal amount of dried lavender, it can improve your cat's mood, appetite, and sleep. Just remember to introduce it slowly and pay attention to how your cat responds.

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Liz on 2023,06,20

Thank you so much for this post! Esp. the note at the end which gave me such relief to read.

I grew some lavender last year and had it tied in small bundles that were left to hang as they dried. Months later I finally am taking the bundles down and stripping the lavender leaves into a jar. That made a heck of a mess and sure as you would know it my two kitties ran for the crinkley sound of the dried plant. Whatever fell on the floor they were scarfing up like it was catnip. I smiled at first then ran to push them out into another room as I looked to the Internet to make sure it was ok for them to consume. That’s when I found your post.

Again, thank you for posting about the dried lavender. We’ll probably all take a nap later today!

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