Pure Essential Oils Prevent Infections from Cat Bites or Scratches

by Cynthe on September 15, 2011

playful cat under rug eyes glowing with flash reflection

Our normally dignified cat has occasional outbursts of less than sociable behavior when riled up from playing.

We have an exceptionally intelligent kitty, Jaeci, who can be a bit of a handful to deal with…especially for folks she doesn’t know (or trust completely). She’s hyper-sensitive, rather ADHD (inattentiveness – willfulness in Jaeci’s case – combed with over-activity, impulsive reactions). She gets overstimulated quickly. Her affectionate, playful nips can easily be “not so gentle.”

cat bite on base of woman's thumb

Occasionally, we get bitten by our cat when playing with her. Essential oils prevent infection and speed healing.

Occasionally, we or our friends get bitten when petting or playing with her. Cat scratches and bites are ripe for infection as anyone who owns cats or works around cats knows VERY well.

I got bitten last winter and my friend Pam, whom Jaeci doesn’t know well, got a deeper “two fanged” bite a couple of months ago. Normally, Jaeci velvets her paws while playing (at least she does with me), but we haven’t been able to cure her of her nipping habit. I’ve certainly worked with Jaeci on it and still correct her firmly every time she forgets or acts out.

I never worry, as we prevent infections with superb first aid essential oils.  If you are a cat / pet owner or work around animals, you may want to add some of these superb essential oils to YOUR first aid kit as well.

bottle of essential oil with red label

Many essential oils, superb for preventing infections, are excellent additions to your first aid kit.

My first “go-to” essential oil for preventing infection is a 100% pure essential oil blend with Melaleuca (Tea tree), Rosemary, and Clove. It doesn’t sting even on open wounds, a real advantage when dealing little kids’ and children’s scrapes and injuries. It does smell medicinal (due to the Tea Tree oil), but it WORKS! So who cares?

My friend, Pam, was shocked and a bit traumatized by being bitten. She’s a long-time, experienced, cat fan and didn’t expect Jaeci’s reaction. Pam also has some chronic health challenges with a compromised immune system, so was fearful the bite would get badly infected. Pam washed it off immediately and applied directly pressure with a clean paper towel to stop the bleeding.

I went to get band-aids and the anti-infectious blend from my substantial essential oils stash along with a small 3ml empty bottle. Planned to fill it to give Pam to take home for am/pm applications until her wound was completely healed.

Put 2-3 drops of the Melaleuca (Tea tree), Rosemary, and Clove blend on the pad of the band-aid before applying it to Pam’s hand. This was to protect the bite from dirt and abrasion and speed healing. Filled the little bottle with more of the essential oils and sent Pam home with it.

always buy the best essential oilsPam faithfully applied the anti-infectious blend, not only morning and evening, but whenever she thought of it during the day. She also called her MD to see what else should be done. Her doctor prescribed a preventative course of antibiotics ~ standard medical protocol with cat bites ~ which fortunately Pam was able to tolerate without digestive upset.

Neither Pam nor her doctor were aware the essential oils in this blend (and most therapeutic essential oils for that matter) are highly antibiotic, anti-infectious, anti-viral, and antiseptic. Pure essential oils are absorbed directly through the skin within seconds. AND in every cell of the body within 20 minutes of the initial application! So Pam was already using a “systemic antibiotic,” nature’s natural healing remedy rather than a lab manufactured pharmaceutical.

healing cat bite on base of senior woman's thumb

Therapeutic-quality essential oils heal cat bites and scratches quickly without a hint of infection!

I had suggested she take photographs to document her healing process. (Don’t know if she did.) It’s easy to forget how amazing these essential oils are in helping our bodies heal, when compared to using conventional medications.

I called Pam two weeks later to see how she was healing… VERY impressed, she said the Melaleuca (Tea tree), Rosemary, and Clove blend worked like a charm without the slightest hint of infection! Plus her skin was healing within days compared to the weeks into months another injury had taken earlier in the year.

I hope to get a personal testimonial and photos from Pam at some point, which I’ll share with you.

As I mentioned earlier in this article, if you are a cat / pet owner or work around animals, you may want to add some of these healing essential oils to YOUR first aid kit as well.


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Nella-Essential oils uses February 1, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hi Cynthe! I am a big fan of essential oils myself, and although I read a lot about I didn’t know you can put them on open wombs (I use tea-tree oil through diffusers to help prevent viral infections). I also think using essential oils to treating different ailments is so much better than medicines. Thank you very much for the useful advice, I will spread the word!

Cynthe February 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

Hi Neila ~ You CAN’T use all essential oils on open wounds or on delicate mucus membranes. So take care! In experimenting on my own injuries or ailments…Young Living brand pure therapeutic essential oils I’ve found (so far) that don’t sting are: Melrose, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Copaiba, German Chamomile. And the science of true aromatherapy started with Rene-Maurice Gattefosse’s burn accident where he plunged his whole arm into a vat of distilled Lavender essential oil!

Nella-Essential oils uses February 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thank you for that information, I will use it wisely!

Christina October 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

I just got a bottle of Melrose (first time user) for a cat bite. I decided to get it after reading this and a few other sites where people had the same great experience using it for cat bites. Did you mix the oil you used on Pam with a vegetable oil first, with water, or did you just use it straight from the bottle? On the bottle it says to dilute 1 drop of the melrose with 1 drop of olive oil. Thanks for sharing this story! -Christina

Cynthe October 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Hi Christina ~ I just used Melrose EO straight (undiluted) on my friend, Pam. And that’s always how I use it on myself, too. The Melrose will be absorbed through your skin in a few seconds, leaving no oily residue. When I have a cat bite or scratch, I apply Melrose at least am/pm and more often if it’s at all swollen.
CAUTION: Do be aware that essential oils should be kept away from cats, especially oils from the Myrtle-Clove-Melaeuca (Tea Tree) family. Treating yourself and being around your cat is not a problem. If the cat doesn’t like it, s/he’ll leave the area. Also, keep them out of reach of children since essential oils are so concentrated.

Julie April 28, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Thanks for the information. My cat accidentally scratched me today. She was really getting in to the scritchy-scratch session I was giving her, but she was sitting on my desk. Unfortunately, there were some books underneath her and she leaned too far into the scratch and fell off! Poor baby. It scared us both and you should’ve seen her acrobatics. I didn’t realize for several minutes that she had accidentally scratched me on the way down. I only noticed because it was itching. I applied some Tea Tree Oil and a Thieves oil type blend. It didn’t sting at all. I’ll keep applying it till it’s healed. Thanks again.

Cynthe April 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Julie ~ Glad you found our article. Cat scratches and bites can be troublesome, but are no problem if one uses pure essential oils promptly and consistently to speed healing and keep infections from starting. My mother-in-law, who doesn’t use essential oils suffered a terrible infection from a cat bite that I’m sure she could have avoided experiencing if she were open to using these awesome natural essences. Let us know how you do. Give your kitty ‘loves’, too.

Colleen Stahlhut January 8, 2018 at 5:23 am

I got a cat bite on a Friday afternoon and the bite went all the way through. I went home washed and put frankincense and lavender on a bandage keep it on all night the next 7 days I left bandage off and applied lavender and frankincense to the bite it was fine never went to doctors the bite is 100% healed.

Cynthe January 8, 2018 at 6:46 am

Excellent news! Colleen ~ These oils are great for healing wounds like cat bites. Wish my family would try them for more first aid situations like yours.

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