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You look out the window and see dandelions.
What you see are weeds, while your cat might see snacks. While cats are dominantly a carnivore, this does not stop them from munching on plants every once in a while.
However, what you think is dandelion leaves actually has health benefits to your cat. Yes, you read that right. Dandelion leaves and even its roots can help your cat become healthier.
In this post, let us take a look at some of the benefits of dandelion leaves for cats.
What Are Dandelions?
Dandelions are part of the daisy family and are commonly found in Europe, North America, and Asia.
They are known with various names. The name itself came from the French dent-de-lion, which means “lion’s tooth.” Its official name is taraxacum but is also called milk witch, blowball, and witch’s gowan.
Dandelions have bright yellow flowers that when they dry, they become white balls. Kids (and even adults) love to blow on them and see their seeds aimlessly fly in the air.
What Are the Benefits of Dandelions?
Dandelions are a great source of vitamins A, C, D, K, and B complex. Not only that, but they are also a good source of minerals such as manganese, iron, and potassium. Dandelions also are rich in protein.
Moreover, dandelions are known to support good digestion and promote a healthy liver and heart. It is also seen to normalize blood sugar levels, support the immune system, and serve as diuretics.
How Do You Serve Dandelions?
There are various ways to serve dandelions. First, you can simply pick up some of its fresh leaves, chop it down to smaller pieces, and simply mix or sprinkle the leaves on your cat’s food. Alternatively, you can also serve them as dry leaves.
If you want to conveniently have a source of dandelion, you can also head to a pet store or supermarket. There are dandelion products available which come in drops or syrups form.
Some Important Considerations
While dandelions are considered safe and non-toxic to your cats, you still have to ensure he is not eating too much of it. Too much raw dandelions may lead to stomach upset.
Moreover, you would need to take extra precautions if you are using herbicides or pesticides around your backyard. Spraying these chemicals and having your cat eat treated weeds could be fatal.
You need to take him to the vet immediately if you suspect he has eaten a dandelion with herbicide or pesticide. Some signs and symptoms might include lethargy and excessive vomiting.
Another precautionary measure you need to remember is the risk of choking. If your cat tries to eat the long leaves and stem as a whole, it could choke your cat and obstruct his breathing.
Finally, speak to your vet about feeding your cat with dandelion leaves. Ask him for further information such as the best way to give dandelion leaves to your cat, how much is enough, and some safety measures to remember. You can also do further research to learn more.