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Ten Herbs to Improve Your Cat's Health

 

Peppermint, Pennyroyal and Rosemary

 

While not quite the right combination (or the right amount of herbs) for a Simon and Garfunkel song, the oil from these three herbs have soothing properties and act as natural insect repellents. If your cat has fleas or is intensely scratching itself, any one (or a combination of all three) can help boost your flea treatment. The most common application for these herbs is in the form of a bath. (Note: Pennyroyal may be harmful or fatal if swallowed, so do not leave the herb lying around where the cat may get to it.)

 

Licorice Root

 

Not only does it taste good to your cat, licorice root is good for you, too. As a natural cortisone, licorice root can be used to soothe itchy kitties with allergies, endocrine (the endocrine gland affects metabolism, growth and mood) and digestive issues, as well as respiratory problems like colds, since it soothes mucus membranes. Other benefits of the licorice root include blood cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be very useful for cats with arthritis.

 

Cat’s Claw and Dandelion Root

 

Both of these herbs are good for you and your cat. A tincture made out of dandelion root and cat’s claw can help with itching for cats, especially those with allergies, as it contains natural cortisone. If kitty is trying to watch her figure, try making her a salad with dandelion leaves.

 

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  • Please, NO EO's on cats
    01/17/2013 11:18am

    Essential oils are toxic to cats! Why in the world would you recommend applying pennyroyal & peppermint oil to your cat?

    Plant catnip around your home to deter fleas & let your cat roll in pungent catnip.

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