1. I have an oil painting Brush Dip prepared commercially with artist grade safflower oil and is 2% clove leaf oil. It’s meant for brushes to be dipped in to keep them pliable and this does make the room smell like cloves. I’m not diffusing clove oil but should I avoid anything around my cats that smells like clove?

    1. As a general rule, it is always a good idea to keep essential oils and other potentially toxic substances out of reach of cats. While clove oil is not highly toxic to cats, it can still cause some adverse effects if ingested or if a cat comes into contact with it on their skin. Symptoms of clove oil toxicity in cats may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, clove oil toxicity can lead to liver damage.

      If you are using a brush dip that contains clove oil, it is best to keep it in a location where your cats cannot access it. If you do need to use the brush dip while your cats are present, it is a good idea to keep them in a separate room or to use the brush dip in a well-ventilated area. You should also be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using the brush dip to avoid accidentally transferring the clove oil to your cats.

      In general, it is a good idea to use caution when using any essential oils or other potentially toxic substances around your cats. If you have any concerns about the safety of a particular product, it is always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional before using it around your pets.

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