Herbs and Spices to Support Your Cat's Health and Wellness

herbs and spices for your cat's health and wellness
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In this article:
  1. Introduction
  2. What Can Herbs and Spices Do For Your Cat? 
    1. Help Maintain Your Cat's Good Health 
    2. Treat Your Cat's Health Issues, Conditions and Chronic Disease 
  3. How To Include Herbs and Spices in Your Cat's Diet
    1. Introducing Herbs and Spices to Your Cat
  4. Herbs and Spices for Cats
  5. General Dosing Guideline
 

1.0 Introduction

There are many cat safe herbs and spices. Herbs and spices can be used to support good health and used to prevent, treat and remedy health issues, conditions and disease.  
 
I use many different herbs and spices on a daily basis to support the health of my client cats and dogs, and my cats and dogs.
 
This article provides examples of some of the many herbs and spices that can support a cat's health and wellness.
 
Prior to using an herb or spice for your cat make sure you check suitability for your individual animal's circumstances.
 
Many cats self-select what they need and decline items that don't suit. If your cat refuses an herb, listen to your cat. Never force your cat to take a herb or spice she does not want to take.


2.0 What Can Herbs and Spices Do For Your Cat?

2.1 Help Maintain Your Cat's Good Health

Herbs and spices provide natural support to maintain good health. For example, support for:
  1. Brain function.
  2. Bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
  3. Detox.
  4. Digestive tract.
  5. Endocrine system.
  6. Heart.
  7. Kidney.
  8. Liver.
  9. Immune system.
  10. Fur and skin. 
  11. Teeth and gums.
  12. Urinary tract.
  13. Whole body support.
  14. And more.

2.2 Treat Your Cat's Health Issues, Conditions and Chronic Disease 

Herbs and spices are used to naturally treat and remedy health issues and conditions. For example:
  1. Food allergy symptoms.
  2. Acid reflux.
  3. Anxiety and stress
  4. Bladder and kidney stones.
  5. Ear infections.
  6. Eye Infections.
  7. Environmental allergies.
  8. Depression.
  9. Detox post vaccination.
  10. Diarrhea.
  11. Fatty Lipomas.
  12. Fungal infections such as ringworm.
  13. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and associated disease.
  14. Intestinal parasites.
  15. Oral health, gingivitis, infections, periodontal disease.
  16. Toxicity.
  17. Urinary tract infections 
  18. Wounds.
  19. Viral infections.
  20. And more.

3.0 How To Include Herbs and Spices in Your Cats's Diet

3.1 Introducing Herbs to Your Cat

Prior to using an herb or spice for your cat, make sure you check suitability for your individual animal's circumstances.
 
Many cats self-select what they need and decline items that don't suit. 
 
If your cat refuses an herb you offer, listen to your cat. Never force her to take a herb she does not want to take.  
 

4.0 Herbs and Spices for Cats 

 
Herbs and Spices for Cats
 
The following is a partial list of herbs and spices that are safe for cats:
 
Alfalfa
Aloe Vera Inner Fillet - go to this article.
Anise seed
Arnica Montana - go to this article.
Astralagus 
Bayberry
Barberry Bark
Bilberry
Burdock
Basil
Beebalm   
Black pepper - golden paste recipe.
Black Walnut
Bosweilla - go to this article.
Calendula - treat ear infections, soothe skin issues., treat oral health issues.
Catnip 
Cat's Claw - go to this article.
Cat Thyme
Caraway Seed
Chamomile - go to this article
Chevril
Chickweed
Ceylon Cinnamon - go to this article.
Cilantro (Coriander) - go to this article.
Comfrey
Curcumin - go to this article
Cress
Dandelion 
Dill
Dong Quai - go to this article.
Echinacea - for ear infections, for oral care issues.
Eyebright - go to this article.
Fennel
Galangal
Ginger go to this article.
Gingko
Green Tea, decaffeinated - for eye infections, for a soothing rinse for skin.
Golden Seal - for oral health issues,  for diarrhea.
Hawthorn
Hyssop
Irish Moss
Indian Strawberry - go to this article.
Juniper Berries - go to this article.
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemon Grass
Lemon Verbena
Licorice Root - go to this article.
Lovage
Marjoram - go to this article.
Marshmallow root
Milk Thistle seed - go to this article
Mint - for oral care.
Mullein - for ear infections, for environmental allergies.   
Nettle - for environmental allergies.
Oat straw green top
Oregano
Oregon Grape - for ear infections, for ear mites, for oral health issues
Parsley - for worming, for oral health issues.
Passion Flower
Plantain
Red Clover
Rooibos Tea - health benefits, serving recommendations, soothing skin rinse.
Rosemary - repel fleas, kill fleas
Sage
Sarsaparilla
Selfheal
Skullcap
Slippery Elm - health benefits, dosage. 
St. John’s Wort
Thyme
Turmeric - a guide to using turmeric.
Uva Ursi - urinary tract infections.
Valerian
Wormwood (a wormer that should only ever be used under the supervision of a holistic practitioner)
 

5.0 Herb and Spice General Dosing Guideline

Based on Cat's Body Weight

Weight
Dry Powder
Tea or Infusion
Capsule,
Tablet, Pill
Tincture
pounds (lbs)
tsp
tbs
amount
times per day
amount
times per day
drops
times per day
1-10 lbs
1/16 –
1/8 tsp


1/8 cup
1x to 3x
1/2 tsp
1x to 3x
1 - 3
1x to 3x
10-20 lbs
1/8 tsp -
1/4 tsp


1/4 cup
1x to 3x
1/2 - 1 tsp
1x to 3x
3 - 5
1x to 3x
20-50 lbs
1/4 tsp -
1 tsp


1/4 cup -
1/2 cup
1x to 3x
1 – 2 tsp
1x to 3x
5 - 10
1x to 3x
50-100 lbs
1 tsp -
2 tsp


1/2 cup –
1 cup
1x to 3x
1 – 2 tsp
1x to 3x
20
1x to 3x
+100 lbs
2 tsp -

1 tbs
1 cup
1x to 3x
adult
human
dose
1x to 3x
adult
human
dose
1x to 3x
tsp = teaspoon     tbs = tablespoon    times per day = times per day    x = times per day

 
Holistic Diet, Nutrition, Wellness Services Tailored to Your Individual Dog and Cat

For information about my holistic diet, nutrition and wellness services, visit my holistic wellness services page.

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Affiliations to Companies  
✓ None. 
✓ I don't sell food, supplements, or other products.
I'm not aligned with any companies. 
 
Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld.

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