February 5, 2023

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, growing herbs is a cinch. But even if you live in an apartment, it’s easy to grow a few potted plants in a sunny window that you and your cat can enjoy. Herbs are notoriously easy to grow so don’t worry if your thumb is a green of a different color…you’ll be great.

Now there is a caveat on these or any at-home administered treatment. Your cat is as individual as you are. Check with your vet before embarking upon the world of herbs. In the words of Sydney, our worldly travel veteran, odds are, your vet will probably call it “all aces.”

So let’s take a spin from a “cat’s eye view.”

Catnip

Ok, Ok, we know it’s an obvious start but it is the Kind of Cat Herbs. Think of it as a kitty cocktail at the end of a long day. Really. It actually relieves stress and nervousness. It can also relieve skin itchiness as a tea bath to soothe your cat’s skin.

Cat Thyme

Some cats don’t dig catnip. However, if that’s the case than Cat Thyme may be an answer. There’s just one thing. It smells—great to kitty, not so great for mommies and daddies. So it would be an outdoor choice. Note-unlike most herbs this plant is slow growing so plant and plan accordingly.

Valerian

Used to help humans relax and get a good night’s sleep, this herb has an opposite effect on felines. It works as a stimulant, transforming a chubby fur ball into an exercise machine. Really, its great to promote health in indoor cats and they love the taste. Go for it.

Peppermint, Pennyroyal and Rosemary

For the bath…NEVER to ingest. So grow it outside to make sure there’s no grazing while you’re at work. In the form of a bath it soothes itching and acts as a natural insect repellent. It can also help to boost your existing flea treatments. Just no eating—ever.

Licorice Root

This one can be eaten and cats love it. It’s a natural cortisone (for you and your cat) and soothes itching, allergies, endocrine ailments, digestive issues and respiratory problems (as it soothes the mucus membranes). As a general anti-inflammatory it is great for cats (and people) with arthritis.

Cat’s Claw and Dandelion Root

This combination also contains natural cortisone so it’s a great anti-inflammatory used topically. Dandelion leaves also make a great kitty cat salad (just leave out the Cat’s Claw).

Goldenseal

This is a natural disinfectant on minor wounds—again, topically only.

SO GET GROWING!!

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