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Jojoba Oil

I use jojoba oil on my skin, and my cat loves to lick off the residue on my fingers or the bathroom counter. Is jojoba oil toxic for cats? I thought it might be a good supplement for her skin and hair.

- Amy G.

Dear Amy,

Ingestions of oils like jojoba can lead to vomiting and diarrhea—the severity of which depends on the amount swallowed. Because cats groom their fur, it’s highly likely that any oil applied to the skin and coat would be ingested.

If you’re interested in providing your cat with a supplement to improve her skin and coat, we recommend asking your local veterinarian to find a product that is suitable for your kitty.