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[color=#BF0040][b]Please give me permission to post links, I have some great information and would like to be able to post the sources.[/b][/color] Sorry for “necro-posting,” but I just received my first ever diffuser and should receive 14 essential oils tomorrow morning, 14 bottle set 7 of which are citrus-based.
I’ve contacted amazon to try to intercept the shipment and cancel it, but in case I receive it I will have to ship it back.
Diffuser I got is one where you mix oils with water – amazon [dot] com/gp/product/B00LPPIKVU/ (remove the link if not allowed to post for product)

I am a pre-dental student applying, and I have had very science heavy past.. here is my analysis.
I googled “monoterpenes cats” and it led me to this googlebook which you can view and read for free, I read some of it.

From organic chemistry, a monoterpene unit are made of 2 isoprene units, they can form a ring, or stay in chain, and can have many active groups and form a vast variety of molecules.
Isoprenes, monoterpenes are present practically everywhere, every single plant has them, they have many roles. ei. one is insect repellant, tree releases a form of monoterpene that repels insects.

[color=#BF0000][b]Truth is, monoprene units are NOT ONLY present in aforementioned Citruises and Pines, they are present IN EVERY SINGLE ESSENTIAL OIL, but are all harmful?[/b] [/color] take a look at this gas spectroscopy of [b][color=#BF0000]Eucalyptus Essential Oil[/color][/b] [b]hindawi[dot]com/journals/bmri/2014/969143/tab1/[/b]
now read here about monoterpenes [b]life.illinois[dot]edu/ib/425/lecture19.html[/b]

Clove contains 58% Euginol, thats a phenol, that also has oxides, so it should be stimulating, irritating and act as an expectorant
Eucalyptus 80% 1,8-Cineole, thats an oxide, which is also made of one monoprene unit forming a ring with oxygen, probably shouldn’t be bad.
[b]it seems like the further away you get from the original monoprene hydrocarbon (meaning no other groups than carbons and hydrogens) the less it will affect a cat[/b]
Lemon [i]Citrus latifolia[/i] is 62% Limonene, that is a 100% pure hydrocarbon monoprene – according to OP’s literature super harmful.

Here is a little database of some research done on essential oils, you can search eg. “eucalyptus essential oil” then open the article, find the spectroscopy and view what some oils have in them, major ingredients 50%+ are the ones you should worry about. [b]hindawi[dot]com/search/[/b]

[b]As per essential oils containing Phenols and especially Benzene rings.[/b] Not only they are harmful for your cat, they are harmful for everything that is alive. Why there was a huge fuss about reusing plastic bottles when freezing water in them, or storing alcohol/water in unrefrigerated warm plastic bottles, because in both cases benzene rings that make up some plastics (triangle-1 under your water bottle) get dissolved – you drink them – end up with get cancer. Benzene rings are a major major carcinogens, I’ve read in some comments people worrying whether a diffuser is made of plastic, that shouldn’t even be a concern when the essential oil you use contains phenols, if you use them, do not get too fanatic about them.
[color=#FF0000]PS. Phenol is a benzene ring with an Alcohol (-OH) group on it, doesn’t come in pure form, comes with other groups attached to the benzene rings too, benzene ring does not metabolize, and stays in your liver.

All in all, to know for sure, there has to be a conducted experiment. 50 cats of the same breed and similar age, similar diet, 50 diffusers, 50 different essential oils. Cats shouldn’t be killed (if cat condition worsens – stop the experiment, declare the oil unsafe), experiment should last from at least 6 months to a year. Daily then weekly blood samples to check the enzyme levels of each cat to see which essential oil affects a cat in what way. If that experiment was conducted we would clearly know which essential oils affect and don’t affect a cat, which more which less, and maybe then we could even go further as to study why a certain essential oil is harmful to a cat. This could be easily done, but I am not sure if government would fund a research like this as the essential oils are produced by different manufacturers by different processes and aren’t really government regulated or FDA approved, so the only way to test this is by creating a database on cat deaths linked to diffuser users and drawing some data from that.. until then, to be safe, keep your cats closed in a different room while a diffuser is operational [b][color=#BF0000]AND DO STAY AWAY FROM PINES AND CITRUSES ESSENTIAL OILS AS THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN DECLARED UNSAFE, IN FACT ALL ESSENTIAL OILS AFOREMENTIONED BY OP SHOULD BE USED WITH EXTREME CAUTION OR EXCLUDED FROM USE ALTOGETHER IN CATS PRESENCE, MY POST IS ONLY MEANT TO TELL YOU THAT OTHER OILS CONTAIN MONOTERPENE MOLECULES AS WELL AND COULD POTENTIALLY BE JUST AS UNSAFE.[/color][/b]

My origin of doubt however went around Terpenes being the cause, I personally don’t think terpenes could be the cause, but the groups on terpenes and their arrangement. As in if it was the former, cats wouldn’t be alive today.. Maybe saturation plays a huge role too because in nature grass smell, leaf smell isn’t as saturated as air becomes when you fire up your 10 billion per second vibrations nebulizer on top of your cats potty (use scented sand instead). In my opinion, cats that are pure breeds (eg. Siberian cat) should be more adapted to nature and be able to detoxify some more harmful essential oils better than bread cats (eg. Persian cats), but this is just a speculation, I will not risk running diffuser and my cat being in the same room.

Finally speaking of “hydrosol” based oils, this whole post is about hydrosols, if they contain a preservative – this is another whole thing to worry about.