This question seems to crop up quite a lot because most cats love lemongrass plants. “Is lemongrass essential safe for cats?”
Cats will nibble on lemongrass if you have some growing where they have access. It actually has a similar effect as catnip for some cats sending them into a euphoric state.
Lemongrass essential oil, however, is a different story. Essential oils are highly concentrated and lemongrass in particular, is toxic to cats if ingested.
You can diffuse lemongrass in your home in moderation without harming you cat. It’s even very effective at treating fleas and can be used to rid these little insects from your cat and home.
What is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass is actually a general term for a group of plants that are native to India and Asia. It’s used in cooking to flavor dishes, and also as an ingredient in drinks.
It’s also used in medicine and the essential oil is used for a wide range of wellness issues. It can relieve stomach and intestinal spasms, reduce blood pressure, soothe fevers, coughs, and cold symptoms, and help relieve all kinds of pain.
Why Is Lemongrass Essential Oil Poisonous to Cats
Cats are different from some other household pets such as dogs, as well as humans, in that they do not have a liver enzyme that breaks down oils. So if they ingest lemongrass oil the compounds in the oil will build up in their liver causing considerable damage.
I’m not sure how long it takes. I do think it’s a slow process over time but it’s not worth the risk letting your kitty touch lemongrass oil at all.
The oil actually has an alluring scent and taste and can attract some cats. It’s important therefore that you keep any bottles of the oil away from your cats.