Thank you all so much for the feedback and support of this new mini series! I had no clue so many people were a) already using essential oils and b) looking to start using them with the new year. A couple of you even hinted ways in which you’d like to incorporate essential oils into your daily lives and I say- keep those questions coming! I’ll bump those posts up on my idea list and will ask friends for suggestions if it pertains to something I haven’t experienced i.e. pregnancy. We’ll all learn something new in those instances!
Staying on track… I am not a cat person. The beau is not a cat person. That being said, we took in a second cat about a week ago. Makes sense, right? Right! I can say that the situation is temporary and I’m helping out a good friend. Annnnnd the two cats seem to be warming up to each other, so hopefully the companionship will keep my old-man cat happy.
At first we were nervous that Miley, the new girl, wouldn’t use the litter box. Neither cat has had to share one in the past and I use a different litter than what she was use to. Decided the day that I adopted kitty, I didn’t want to use the scented clay litter that was on the market. My thinking behind this was that I’m sensitive to perfume-y smells and I didn’t want the cat licking the chemicals off of his paws. We tried using the pine pellets but I felt like it did very little to hide the odor associated with a litter box. I’ve since switched over to the ground wheat litter and while the odor is not masked, kitty prefers the texture. My solution to the odor dilemma: Young Living (YL) Purification essential oil!
I first started using the Purification essential oil blend in my diffuser to help purify and cleanse the air of the apartment but then I thought, why not add it directly to the litter box? Take a walk down the pet aisle at your local market and you’ll see name brand cat litter marketing the use of baking soda! I whipped up this simple recipe and have been using it ever since. Works like a charm!
You’ll then: combine the baking soda and essential oil in the mason jar, cap, and shake! shake! shake! shake it off! See what I did there? Each time I scoop the litter box, I sprinkle on some of the baking soda mixture after adding the new litter. The cats do the actual mixing when they, you know, use the litter box.
You’ll be rewarded with: a kiss from your significant other for keeping the place odor free!
It’s that easy! Both cats have been happily sharing the litter box and my neighbors wouldn’t have a clue that another cat was thrown into the mix, except that Miley girl is a little wild at night. We’re all adjusting.
You can learn more about the Purification essential oil blend here. If you’d like to give it a smell and you know me personally, send me a message- we’ll connect! Information on how to order under the Essential Oils tab!
*Edit: I’ve added this edit because this is the most popular blog post that I have published and I have received A LOT of feedback, mostly out of fear. I ONLY recommend Young Living essential oils. Why? Because you really have NO CLUE what is in those other bottles – they could be cut with toxic chemicals, which defeats the purpose of this recipe in the first place. Yes, you should be afraid of essential oils around pets if you are using the other crap on the market. My cat is 18 years old and I’ve been using and diffusing Young Living essential oils for the last 13 years… if they were “so toxic” I’d like to think I would have seen a symptom by now. AND my local vet. uses Young Living essential oils in her office on and around cats all day. Yes, cats are smaller than people and doses should be “low and slow” as they say… but don’t let a poorly written article on the internet instill fear. Listen to your gut, consult your vet. and heal (and live daily) without toxins.