Most people shower or bathe every one to two days, but it isn’t feasible to bathe our pets that often. Not only that, but bathing your dog too often can dry out skin and cause unnecessary irritation. And because cats spend literally half of their waking hours grooming themselves, bathing your feline friend is rarely necessary. But sometimes, your furry family members may need a bit of freshening. This pet deodorizing spray is perfect for keeping your pet smelling fresh and clean in between bath times.
Choosing Essential Oils
This recipe needs 25-35 drops of essential oil. You can choose any oils that you prefer, but make sure that your pet does not have any aversions first. Cats may be more sensitive to certain essential oils, so it may be best to stay away from essential oils that are high in phenols or monoterpenes. Learn more here.
I chose the following:
- Lavender – nourishing and soothing to skin
- Kunzea – emotionally balancing and has a nice fragrance
- Peppermint & eucalyptus – fresh, long lasting aroma
- Myrrh – a base note that extends the fragrance for lasting freshness
- Lemon – a top note that balances the aroma with a citrusy burst
Fresh Pet Deodorizing Spray Ingredients
4 oz. witch hazel
4 oz. water
10 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops Kunzea essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops myrrh essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in an 8 oz. glass spray bottle. Shake gently to combine before each use.
Before spraying the pet deodorizing spray directly on your pet, spray a couple squirts in your palms and rub together. Stroke your pet gently and observe his reaction. Some pets are more sensitive to the aromas of essential oils than others. If your pet snorts, sneezes, or behaves as if she dislikes the aroma, try diluting the mixture a bit more. Eventually, you can work up to spraying your animal’s body (avoiding the face). For cats, spraying in your hands/stroking is likely the best way to apply, as most cats dislike being sprayed with water.
New to using essential oils with your pets? Check out Animals and Essential Oils: The Basics.Or come watch this video course about Essential Oils and Pet Safety.