Alternative therapies for pets are becoming more researched and adopted by veterinarians because of their efficacy and as another choice to surgery and pharmaceuticals. Cats, just like any creature, come with their own unique host of health issues, and herbs are a supportive way to keep your cat feeling their best!
In addition to our pet wellness services, The Vet Set specializes in alternative treatments, such as pet acupuncture. If you have been searching for alternative options to keep your cat healthy, learn more about how herbs can address frequent kitty troubles.
There are a host of beneficial herbs that will support your cat’s health, and below are the more common herbs available.
Marshmallow — not the kind you make a mean s’more with — is an a great herb to incorporate for overall wellness in your cat. It can both restore and soothe mucus membranes, also known in the herb world as a demulcent. Its mucilage contains a sticky polysaccharide that coats and creates a barrier so the tissue can heal while being protected. Our feline friends are subject to chronic bronchitis, GI issues, and cystitis — all which can be soothed with marshmallow.
Marshmallow also has a very plain neutral flavor that can be mixed into food or given straight to your cat.
Cranberry is another superstar herb when it comes to urinary support for your cat. A compound called D-mannose found in cranberry draws the bacteria to it and is flushed out when the cat urinates. This keeps the bacteria from reproducing and balanced in the body — steering away from a full-blown UTI. Vitamin C is also found in cranberry and it is known to make the urine more acidic, which makes the environment less favorable to bacteria to hang around in.
Cat’s are notorious for having litter box issues stemming from their urinary tract. Male cats get obstructions, or urinary blockage. This condition is condition is considered a pet emergency by vets, so prevention is imperative. Prevention may be found in saw palmetto. This herb has antiseptic, diuretic, and antispasmodic mechanisms, so cats with urinary issues can be supported by this herb.
This herb is used for memory and brain support in humans and is just as helpful for senior cats that need a little extra love and attention. The myth about cats having nine lives is becoming more and more true over time because cats are living longer than they ever have.
Ginkgo’s brain-boosting properties come from its ability to impact blood flow in the brain. It increases blood flow and circulation making it advantageous for stroke, asthma, and eye issues.
When cats are sick, it is very hard to determine if anything is wrong because they rarely display signs — heart damage is no different. When you can finally identify an issue, it may be too late — vet diagnostics often reveal serious heart damage. The herb hawthorn supports heart health to increase contraction and decrease irregular heart beats (arrhythmia). It can also relax the blood vessels to allow the blood to move more fluidly, making the heart work more efficiently.
This is the same herb that grows in your yard that you consider a weed, but it is highly beneficial for your cat’s tummy health. If your cat is having constipation issues, dandelion acts as a laxative and supports healthy digestion in cats! It works with both the liver and gallbladder — organs your cat needs for good digestion.
Your kitty’s health is important and as a pet owner, you want to do everything you can to ensure that they are happy and healthy. Herbs are an addition for your cat’s health and are extremely supportive when used correctly!
The herbs above have a long history in their uses and functions, and are considered safe when used properly. It is important to note that when you decide to give your cat anything new — herbal or not — it is always a good idea to consult with your vet beforehand. Herbs are natural, but they can interfere with other animal medications.