Orange You Glad!?!
Orange You Glad I'm going to tell you how safe and effective cleaning can be with the use of CITRUS!
Citrus is perfectly safe around pets and can be used to break down grease. The aroma is pleasant and uplifting and does not cause respiratory distress like so many spray cleaners do.
If you are a chemist, you may appreciate this link:
If you are not, you may feel intimidated looking at the chemical structure of a Lemon as per the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Yet Lemon is one of Earth’s gifts to us and is incredibly important in maintaining health and avoiding ailments such as scurvy!
Yes, you can spray it on the counters, and yes, it is safe for your dogs, your cats (totally true) and for kids and humans.
There are many, many, misconceptions about what is safe and what is not. There are so many inaccurate accounts of whether d-limonene is safe for cats or not.
I am here to tell you that it is.
Why take my word for it?
Don’t do it because I have a degree in Microbiology and Virology.
Don’t do it because I am a pet professional and because I have bred cats and I have groomed them.
Don’t do it just because! Do it because I support the decisions I make with peer reviewed publications. I’ll even provide you the links so you can make that decision yourself.
The naturally occurring d-limonene that is found in citrus fruit and in as many as 400 species of bark bearing trees. In fact, wild felines, bear and deer use tree bark for the following:
- Scratching…the mechanical act of scratching
- Mat removal which is broken down by d-limonene and by the roughness of the bark
- Removal of pests such as ticks and fleas which are itchy
Did you know that d-limonene can be manufactured in the laboratory but it is just not the same as mother nature intended? In fact, this fabricated form is missing an important component making it pesticide grade.
Limonene is also found quite abundantly in cannabis. Yet so very many people vow that CBD oil, THC and cannabis have done wonders for their CATS! Well they all contain a terpene called limonene!
The trees in the forest also secrete a variety of turpenes. They tend to have an uplifting and calming effect on people and the reality is that much wildlife, even felines reside in these areas.
In 1988 (ahem! 32 years ago), there was one published account of cats being exposed to 15% more than the recommended threshold of synthetic d-limonene resulting in excessive salivation and trembling, not seizures. There was no treatment provided and the cats returned to normal behavior after a few hours. No deaths were experienced and the concentrations were very, very high! I think it was something like 78%.
Nothing that will happen at home in the presence of lemon or lime. I mean 78% is pretty insanely high amount.
OK, while my cats don’t actually lick lemon or lime, they go bananas for tangerines and mandarins!
OMG, I cannot keep my cats from mandarins!
They bat them off the counter, stash them in secret places and lick, lick, bite the lovely tender insides. It is very funny to watch.
In fact, here is a video on YouTube
My cats are Siberian Forest Cats, which is the breed I bred for nearly a decade. They are big and fluffy and they love to fetch. Don’t drop a mandarin on the floor or Fitbit will make off with it!
Not all cats are alike, and just like people, some will prefer not to eat citrus but some do and that is OK.
Listen, I will be the first to tell you that there is nothing simple about understanding the use of essential oils.
One must remain REVERENT of the power of potent chemicals, natural or otherwise. Just like we must remain RESPECTFUL of mother nature’s other superpowers such as water and air (wind).
We must be educated in the proper use of essential oils, knowing the proper dosing and dilutions that should be used with various species.
Knowledge is power as Sir Francis Bacon, "ipsa scientia potestas est" (knowledge itself is power). Meditationes Sacrae (1597) stated.
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