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Author Topic: Anyone try Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream for cat with skin allergies?  (Read 3734 times)
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« on: July 30, 2010, 01:42:20 PM »

I bought this for my cat who has skin allergies.  I've tried almost everything over the years and I'm reluctant to put her on another dose of corticosteroids.  I'm currently trying fish oil supplements and I bought Dr. Harvey's Healing Cream a few months ago.  I only put a very small amount on one of the areas she licks and it seemed to help.  However, one of the ingredients listed is tea tree oil and I've read the warnings listed on various sites regarding its toxicity and cats.   The company told me that they've never had a problem and use only a very small amount.  My vet also said that the amount they use is probably so small that it shouldn't be a problem.

Comments?  Has anyone used it here for their cat?  It can be found here:


Organic Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera Extract, Polysorbate (From Vegetable Source), Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Goldenseal Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Comfrey Extract, Propolis Extract, Stillingia Extract, Organic Thyme Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Organic Rosemary Extract

Several cat owners give the product a pretty good review here:

Not that I would use it, but just as an example this is a company that makes a cat shampoo with tea tree hydrosols, which is diluted tea tree oil:

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 02:27:05 PM »

Hi teeveecat,

Here's a thread where we discussed tea tree oil along with a link to the messybeast cat resource archive's information on it.

I haven't used the products you mention. However, I tend to be really cautious with anything that's ever been on the toxic lists. Small amounts, IMO, may not have an immediate effect, but might build up in an animal's body if used over time. Cats are going to groom off and possibly ingest anything topical, too.

I won't even use human shampoo that has tree tea oil in it. I just don't want it around the house, and one of my cats sometimes sneaks up behind me on the couch back and plays with my hair. Grin

Someone else might think I'm being overly cautious, but I just don't get why companies keep trying to put things into pet foods and products that are safe, (and popular) in human products. Some of the things humans can use just aren't safe for cats.

For the skin allergies, some others here will probably have some good alternative suggestions to steroids. Best of luck finding allergy relief for your kitty.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 02:41:41 PM »

I have to agree with catwoods. Its got several extracts that would bother a cat along with the tea tree oil. Have you tried finding what the cat is allergic to ? The easiest way is to give 1 protein source only for 2 weeks & see if there is an improvement. If there is ,slowly add another. Remember only 1 at a time & keep a food & reaction log. If you aren't sure if the allergy is to fish, stop the fish oil. Starting with a novel protein like lamb, duck, venison etc may make it easier.

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010, 08:17:34 PM »

I would be terrified to use anything with tea tree oil for my kitties.
Even the topicals with the fear that it could be licked off.

I have had major success with this product but speak to your vet first.
It goes in the food and I give it to all my cats
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010, 10:40:04 PM »

Peg looks like a good product as it helps w/shedding too. I also would not use tea tree or any oils on my dog, or cat.

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