Natural Herbs to Improve Your Cat’s Health – Great Alternatives to Processed Treats
If you’re looking for some natural herbs to plant in your garden to improve your cat’s health, we have a great list! These herbs will make great alternatives to processed treats or just to have around to spoil your feline friend. While cats are natural carnivores, they sometimes crave greens. You don’t have to have a full-on garden to grow these lovely additions to your home. A lot of these options can easily be grown in a small container on a windowsill. Bonus – it will also keep your cat from going after your other decorative greenery!
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Cat Grass – This is a popular option for pet owners. Cat grass will satisfy chewing desires and help with digestion. If you find your cat is eating a lot of greens, make sure you check with your vet. You can find seeds super cheap or even kits for a couple bucks on Amazon.
Catnip – This is an actual herb that cats love the same way some of us love wine. It’s a stress-reducer and anxiety reliever that is great for introducing new people or pets. In addition to making your kitty happy, catnip can be added to a bath to soothe your cat’s skin.
Cat Thyme – If your cat has an issue with catnip, cat thyme can be a great replacement for the happy treat. However, the smell can be overwhelming for us humans. They also tend to grow more slowly, so if your cat is a fan, plan on getting a few pots ready to have on hand.
Valerian – A great alternative to super-smelly cat thyme is valerian. You’ll typically see it used for humans as a sleep aid, but the opposite is true for cats. The herbal stimulant will help your fat cat get some needed movement and exercise.
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Licorice Root – Is your kitty suffering from arthritis? Licorice root might be an excellent natural pain reliever for your cat. It’s also great for a cat’s metabolism, respiratory issues, and blood cleansing.
Do you have a go-to herb to sooth or pamper your kitty? Please share your natural herbs to improve cat health or give them a natural alternative to processed treats in the comment section below.
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This is so interesting! I had no idea that there were these other herbs to help cats, I had only ever heard of catnip. Thanks for the info!
This is great info for cat owners. We all want our pets to be healthy.
I always like to treat my pets with natural remedies. This is a great resource for cat owners. I am going to send it to my in-laws who have 2 cats. I think they would really appreciate this information.
I have heard great things about using natural herbs for cats, we don’t have any cats but I do have some friends who own a lot of cats. Going to give this idea to them and see what they think!
I have many friends who have cats. I think this would be something that interests them.
As a proud owner of a cat (my furbaby!), I totally agree that cats need the best treats possible. We try to stray away from anything to processed but I had no idea that herbs could help cats the way you described. Amazing!
This is great! IVe only ever done cat grass. I have three cats so would love to try some others!
Oh my goodness, what a cute cat. I know my sister’s cat loves her cat nip so much!
This is wonderful for cat owners! If we own cats, we should do what we can to make sure they’re healthy. So many herbs to choose from!
We have three cats and it would be nice to add some herbs in the house that they can chew on and eat. Love the idea of getting cat grass. It would be good for them.
Wow this is great information, we do not have cats but will pass thing along to our friends that do! I wonder if there’s something similar for dogs?
I am a newbie herbalist and I am loving this list of herbs to heal your kitty. I swear I used to think Catnip was only for cats but its a real healing herb!
This is pretty awesome to learn! I have a cat at home who could use these herbs and I’m sure it would be a nice treat for her.