Discussion in 'Habitat' started by Tart, Jul 11, 2013.
Is Lavender plant or water safe for pet ratties?
I did a quick google search and it appears that the lavender oil is used as a rodent repellent.
Yet there is a study on lavender and calming rats or affecting their serotonin levels, increasing it.
So... ya, I don't know. I personally wouldn't do it.
It is confusing, I agree . I saw similar things, but was hoping someone here would have more concrete information. I mostly am wondering if it's safe for cleaning the cage and spritzing it to take away the pee smell. I have 4 unfixed boys I grow the lavender and then boil it, then use the lavender in a spray bottle to clean . I am not going to use it directly on them though.
I think it would be fine, just not the essential oil. Many essential oils derived from foods that are safe can be used as repellents because they're very strong and irritating. Lavander is safe to eat though so I think lavander water should be fine as long as it's not too concentrated.
Aside from the possible calming effect, are there any other benefits?
Using the lavender is good because it is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. There are many uses for it, I just am not sure for any for rats. Google uses for Lavender or read this quick list of just a few: http://wellnessmama.com/7041/herb-profile-lavender/
Remember when using it for aromatherapy [headaches,sleep aid etc], you must like the smell or it wont really work.
Here's a list of plants that are poisonous and toxic to rats. http://www.ratcentral.com/plants-poisonous-rats/ Lavender isn't on there so I think it should be fine. I wouldn't test my luck with essential oils though, a lot are bad for animals so it's not worth it imo.
Thanks for sharing it
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