Using herbs for cats and other pets is nothing new.
In fact animals have been self administering herbs to their diets since time began and is in fact how humans first discovered which plants could be used to promote health or cure illnesses.
The rise of chronic disease and immune deficiency in our pets is on the increase and as such many owners are looking for natural and safe types of holistic pet care to treat their pets more affectively.
This is where herbs for cats can be a tool in treating and preventing illness.
When talking about holistic pet care and using herbal treatments to promote good cat health, there are three main philosophies to describe the ways herbs are used.
Ayurvedic Medicine - Remedies are chosen based on the individuals metabolic type, symptoms or disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine - Looks at the flow of energy through the body.
Western Herbalism - A mixture of both of the above where the body is viewed as a whole. Herbs are used to stimulate healing from within.
There are many ways in which herbs can be administered to your cat both internally and externally. Cats better absorb tinctures than tablets and so is the preferred administration method.
Stimulate and protect liver function
Helps maintain normal function of immune system
Herbs can be used to treat specific illness and dysfunctions just like conventional medicine.
An example of this is Milk Thistle, which is used for the detoxification of the liver and can be bought in liquid form in a simple dropper such as Animals' Apawthecary Dandelion / Milk Thistle.
This can simply be added to your cats food or water, or to be given directly into their mouth.
Always make sure instructions are followed properly, especially regarding your pets weight, age and the corresponding dosages.
They can also be used as tonics to maintain good cat health by stimulating your pet's own system and restoring vitality.
An example of an herbal remedy that does this is Siberian Ginseng, often administered to older cats whose system may be weakened. Animals' Apawthecary OL-Immune is a tincture of this nature.
The array of holistic pet care remedies that are available can be confusing and to take the guess work out of your choice of medicine it is always best to seek professional advice. This is especially true if your cat is also being treated with conventional medicine.
Special Note: This page is not intended to replace the advice of a professional vet. If your pet is ill, you should always seek the advice of a professional.