|Purred: Tue Jul 27, '10 4:58pm PST |
|Limonene and Linalool are only present in the peels, not the fruit itself. I'm a lab tech at a college and we do a lab where we extract these compounds from the skin of oranges, and not only are they very hard to extract, very little is actually in the peel. We're talking maybe a fraction of a drop. It doesn't take much to hurt/kill an insect, but would take a lot to hurt kitty, and you'd have to eat the actual compound itself. If a cat or human were to eat a bunch of the peel, expulsion (via vomiting) would occur before these compounds would really have a chance to hurt you.
The fruit of a citrus fruit would probably cause GI upset in large quantities, but a little taste now and then won't hurt. Don't let kitty eat the seeds. Of course never let kitty eat any citrus based insect repellent itself.
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