Is Incense Bad For Cats? Safety Steps You Can Take
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Incense can be a welcome addition to your meditation ritual, infusing your space with calming scents and creating a purified, sacred atmosphere. If you are a cat owner, however, you may be wondering if burning incense is harmful to them. The answer is, it could be – but there are some safety steps you can take.
Firstly, cats as well as other pets do tend to be sensitive to smoke and being around incense may well cause irritation to their lungs, possibly worsening asthma or other breathing related conditions they may have.
The fact that many incense brands use essential oils and plant materials as well as other chemicals also gives cause for concern, as these can make reactions worse.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your incense practices altogether, just make sure that you consult your vet first to check the health of your cat and take any precautions they suggest.
You can also make sure your cat is in another room, open the windows and ensure there is plenty of ventilation. It’s best to keep your incense in another closed box when unlit so that it is always out of reach from curious pets.
As an alternative to incense, you could consider purifying the air with a Himalayan sea salt lamp or air purifier.
Soy candles are also a good mood-lifter and are made with non-synthetic fragrances. If you do burn candles, make sure that your cat cannot reach the flame and be sure to remember you have a candle lit while meditating for longer periods of time. Oil burners are another option as they emit little smoke and you can choose essential oils to warm up and infuse your space with pleasant aromas.
As with incense though, you need to make sure your cat is not nearby and open the window, making sure the room is well ventilated.
The best method for making sure that your meditation ritual remains Zen and your cat remains healthy is to do it yourself, make your own aromas. A common way is to simmer some water in a pan and add cinnamon, vanilla or mint leaves. The smell will fill your house and won’t cause any respiratory problems.