The following is a message from Dr. Ben Oldag of CedarCide Industries:
What About The Negative Claims Regarding Cedar Oil and Cats on the Web?
First and foremost, I want to welcome each and every one of you to our humble endeavor to bring a safe and effective flea & tick control alternative to pet owners desperate to rid themselves and their beloved companions of deadly synthetic chemicals.
We have learned of some rather malicious urban legends creeping across the web like a hot Texas zephyr. These scary, misguided myths are so alarming that it would cause any pet owner, including me, to run for our lives from any product containing cedar oil, particularly those of us hopelessly in love with the often quirky, always enchanting feline persuasion. Perhaps here, once and for all, we can put a lid on this tempest in a teapot…
All Cedar Oil isn’t created equally.
This is a major vexation for our opponents and competitors.
As usual, the most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted, as is the case with the claims in question. A little bit of information in the hands of the wrong person can cause havoc in the total industry. Let’s see if I can tackle these “cedar oil, essential oil toxicity and cat concerns” directly, without giving away too much of the secret stuff. There are two frequently asked questions we get at least 10 times a week from customers, entomologists and researchers, even competitors that demonstrate the valid and sincere concerns stirred up by the uninformed and negative raving we have read:
First, “Why does the cedar oil from CedarCide instantaneously kill parasites like fleas, ticks, bed bugs, lice etc., while the cedar oil from other sources does not?”
Second, “Why is CedarCide cedar oil safe to use on felines while others’ cedar oil is quite toxic to cats?”
It was no easy chore to take a native junk tree, (Juniperus Virginiana L. Cupressaceae, a.k.a. the Texas Red Cedar) an historical nuisance for Texas farmers and ranchers, and transform it into a modern biological pesticide, nor did it happen overnight. Hardly, this was a 20-year-long labor of love that we finally got right with help from a number of bright minds. They say that even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while. What I mean to say is, we got very lucky folks. We are very proud of Best Yet and we are equally delighted that our formulations continue to baffle the entirety of the pest control industry. Did you know that there are some 335 species of cedar trees? Perhaps 100 of these are actually not cedar trees at all. They are cypress trees, yet they are known as cedar trees and have been called cedar trees for ages. Did you know that cedar oil contains well over 100 different sub elements, half of which do not yet have a name?
Let’s look at some of the legitimate and, I believe, important items included within the negative web claims. It is true that the feline members of our family cannot metabolize essential oils. It is also quite correct that oil derived from the Western Redcedar Thuja plicata (actually a species of cypress tree), is potentially deadly when used on animals.
WRC oil has all of the nasty things mentioned on the web … and more.
Now for a critical distinction, the cedar oil used by CedarCide.com is not harvested from the Western Redcedar, rather the Texas Red Cedar, a completely different tree. Additionally, all of our oil, unlike “other cedar/essential oils” has been significantly modified based on proprietary discoveries we have made by analyzing and testing cedar oils over the last two decades. (No we didn’t invent cedar oil. We just perfected it…) How? The reason our cedar oil works and others’ cedar oil does not work (for flea & tick control) and the reason our oil is safe for use on cats and kittens is due to how we modify our oil. We fractionate every drop of our cedar oil to remove any of the naturally occurring toxic substances including the “phenols” and “terpenes” known to be dangerous to cats as well as other smaller mammals.
I do not recommend formulating insect control solutions for the animal health industry from any kind of cedar oil other than ours. First of all, it probably will not work as it is low on the ingredients needed to kill or repel insects. Second, it will have certain components that could make an animal ill. It took me many years to formulate insect control grade cedar oil that could be used on cats and dogs. The aromatherapy grades will not work.
Remember this, our very first patients were our very own beloved pets. All of our initial testing was done on cats and dogs owned by dear neighbors, friends and friend’s families. Had we not achieved flawless safety results, with zero toxicity, we would have been back at the drawing board, not to mention lynched by our own friends and family. Over the years since the inception of Best Yet, we have accumulated an abundance of anecdotal corroboration that Best Yet is indeed safe and effective when applied to felines. Today there are thousands of customers worldwide using Best Yet safely and effectively on cats, dogs, babies and great grandparents. Rest assured, what I formulate is entirely safe for use on the feline species. I have 11 of my own cats treated periodically to prove it.
For more information, or to order one of my insect control formulations made specifically for cats and dogs, go to the CedarCide.com website. And please, take a moment and watch the History of Cedar Oil video. It will further enlighten you on cedar oil technology. As to the hydrated silica, that is a cosmetic fluid used worldwide in the manufacturing of toothpaste, deodorant, hair jells and sprays and skin lotions. The compound is actually a silane fluid and has no silica left in the formulation, perfectly safe for animal and human use with a zero toxicity level.
As far as the negative claims on the web go, I think Mark Twain sums it up best -
“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie
is that a cat has only nine lives.”