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Herbs for a Cat

This is about herbs for a cat — 6th June 2010. I have just received an email from Kathrin Stucki of A1 Savannahs. She went to the herb festival in Ponca City, Oklahoma, USA, where she bought some baskets with mint, lemon balm and lavender. Savannah cat Focus (first generation wild cat hybrid) and the other f2 Savannah cats went, “absolutely crazy over the smells. Many safe herbs are like a magnet for cats and it keeps them occupied for hours. We often work with herbs here to provide the cats some entertainment.

When weeding the herb garden I often throw twigs and tubers in the cat runs. It’s fun to see the reactions of the cats. They do everything from rubbing and rolling in it, to mouths open for better scent recognition to ears down and growling at it , it’s hilarious.

If people want to really make their cats happy they should substitute the plastic toys with some fresh herbs once in a while, they will be rewarded with a festival of expressions and a happy rejuvenated cat…”

Here are some photographs taken by Kathrin of her Savannah cats enjoying the herbs:

The cat eating a leaf is FOCUS a beautiful F1 Savannah cat. The cat on the right is Tripoli a beautiful F2 Savannah cat.

O.K. cats like herbs. There are such things as herbs for a cat. They are stimulated by them and it doesn’t have to be catnip. That is a great tip. Thanks Kathrin.

Are there any other benefits for the cat that come from herbs? Well yes. There are herbal therapies. “Herbal therapies are often used to correct body functions and are given as short courses1.

Two warnings if using herbs for a cat medicinally1:

Herbs must be used under veterinary guidance. Only use herbs that are known to be safe for cats

Be wary of Chinese herbs as they may be contaminated with toxic herbs

Here are some common herbal therapies1:

  • Lemon balm
  • Mistletoe leaf
  • Barberry bark
  • Roman chamomile flower
  • Comfrey leaf
  • Echinacea root
  • Fenugreek seed
Itchy Skin
  • German chamomile flower
  • Burdock root
  • Curled dock root
  • Liquorice root
  • Southernwood
Skin Abrasions
  • Turmeric root
  • Yarrow
  • Peppermint
  • Comfrey leaf
Herbal antiseptic infusion:
1. Heat up a very clean cup by using boiling water.
2. Empty the cup and put in it 2 tsp of fresh peppermint leaf.
3. Fill cup 3/4 full of boiling water.
4. Leave for 10 mins (covered).
5. Lift cover off cup and pour condensation into cup.
6. Strain the infusion and use or store.
  • Marsh mallow root
  • Nutmeg seed
  • Turmeric root
Heart Disease
  • Hawthorn
  • Motherwort
  • Dandelion leaf
Urinary Tract Disorders
  • Stone root
  • Field horsetail
  • Couch grass
  • Bearberry leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Marsh mallow root
Kidney Impairment
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Rehmannia root
  • Comfrey leaf
  • Celery seed

Herbs for a cat – Notes:

1. Natural Health Care by Dr Bruce Fogle DVM MRCVS – my thanks to the author of this book.

Herbs for a cat to Cat Health Problems

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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