In our medicine cabinet, there is one thing in common- Vaseline.
It is very helpful to us humans but is it useful for cats too? If you own a cat then it is natural to wonder if vaseline is safe for your cat or not.
With this article, we will try to understand the impacts of Vaseline on cats and help them to lead a happy and healthy life.
Vaseline also known as petroleum jelly, is a semi-solid mixture derived from petroleum.
It is commonly used as a moisturizer and protective lotion for various purposes in humans. However, its use and safety for cats are subject to different considerations.
It was discovered by American chemist Robert Chesebrough in 1859 when he was visiting an oil field. The oil pumps had a residue called “rod wax” that needed to be occasionally removed, and the workers used this “wax” to treat their burns and cuts
According to the Dermatologists at AAD “Using petroleum jelly to Relieve dry skin, including your lips and eyelids, Help injured skin heal, Prevent chafing, and Rehydrate nails”.
Its uses in the home and on the person seem to be endless!
However, there are a few risks that depend on how much your cat ingests and your cat’s current health.
Why Do Cats Eat Vaseline?
some cats will consume unflavored Vaseline or generic petroleum jelly as a substitute.
Cats like Vaseline because they are attracted to the scent of petroleum jelly.
They like it because it moistens their dry skin and gives them comfort. They also like to lick Vaseline because of its creamy texture.
Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz says “Your cat might be as addicted to the attention you give her when you provide the Vaseline as she is to the stuff itself”
Is Vaseline Safe for Cats?
No, petroleum jelly does not hurt cats. It is believed safe for cats if taken in little amounts and in the right formulation.
In fact, petroleum jelly mixture is used to prevent hairballs in cats also.
While Vaseline is generally considered safe for humans, it is not recommended because Cats have unique dietary needs and digestive systems that differ from ours.
Consuming Vaseline can lead to potential health issues and complications, like water and nutrient loss, the danger of aspiration, and Digestive Problems.
In some cases, the ingestion of Vaseline can lead to the formation of hairballs or blockages in the intestinal tract, especially if a cat consumes large quantities.
It is important to prioritize your cat’s well-being and seek guidance from your veterinarian for suitable alternatives and proper care.
Is Vaseline Safe for Cats to Lick?
Because of the way Vaseline is created, it passes through their digestive system relatively undamaged when they lick or ingest it. Vaseline is safe for cats because of this.
How Much Vaseline Can I Give My Cat?
Here’s a simple yet effective remedy for aiding in the passing of a hairball: Put a bit of plain petroleum jelly (about 1/4 teaspoon) on the cat’s paws or under its nose (according to our vet source, do this treatment one time a day for about four days)
Can Pets Eat Vaseline?
While Vaseline is technically non-toxic for dogs, it does not mean it is 100% safe. If over-ingested (and they will lick) it can cause an upset stomach, which can lead to vomiting or diarrhea. Vaseline forms a barrier over your dog’s skin trapping in toxins, dirt, and bacteria.
Can Cats Eat Vaseline for Constipation?
Olive/vegetable/fish oil, Vaseline, and other greasy substances have often been used by owners attempting to relieve cat constipation. If the cat is willing to eat them readily without force, small amounts may actually help to lubricate the intestinal tract.
When it comes to our beloved feline companions, ensuring their safety and well-being is of utmost priority.
Vaseline can provide many benefits for cats if it is applied externally, including a remedy for hairballs.
It is just as good for their skin as it is for ours.
As a result, any rough skin or discomfort that makes them feel unpleasant can be alleviated by dabbing a small quantity of Vaseline on them. But before you take it upon yourself and give your kitty Vaseline, make sure to talk with your veterinarian to see if this is the best option available.
As keeping your feline friend happy and healthy is the key!
- Wikipedia contributors. (2023, April 8). Robert Chesebrough– Wikipedia.
- Ginta, D. (2023, March 13). Everything You Need to Know About Petroleum Jelly– Healthline.
Patricia is a guardian to an exotic shorthair cat named Suz. She’s a professional cat trainer and behaviorist. She has expertise in writing on feline behavior, house training, and tips & tricks including product reviews of related products.