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Thyme is among nature’s greatest gifts to your cat.
This Mediterranean plant is getting popular among pet owners because of its many benefits. If you are considering to use thyme, you would be happy to know how it can benefit your feline friend.
What is Thyme?
Thyme is part of the mint family Lamiaceae. It is relative to oregano. Thyme is best known to be an aromatic perennial evergreen herb that is used for ornamental, medicinal, and culinary purposes.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), thyme is considered non-toxic to pets and that includes your cat. Moreover, the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) categorizes thyme as GRAS or “generally recognized as safe.”
Benefits of Thyme for Your Cat
Now, let’s go to the gist of our topic. What are the benefits of thyme for cats? Here are some of them:
- Kills parasitic worms – thyme has an active substance known as thymol. It comes with an anti-helminthic property. With the supervision or advice of your vet, you can administer thyme to purge out worms from the gastrointestinal tract of your cat.
- Cleans digestive tract – Your cat may unintentionally swallow fur and hair during self-grooming. Thyme can help the digestive tract rid of hairballs.
- Improve digestive health – with a clean tummy free of worms, your cat will now have a healthier digestive system.
- Suppress fungal and bacterial growth – aside from getting rid of parasitic worms, thymol is known to prevent and stop fungal and bacterial infections.
While thyme is generally safe, it is still advisable that you introduce thyme to your cat in an incremental amount. You can start serving thyme in small portions. Observe your cat how he responds to thyme.
Usually, the thyme product you purchase will come with instructions on how to serve it. Please carefully follow the instruction to ensure you provide safe amount of thyme.
If you are going to administer thyme oil to your cat, notify your vet first. Discuss this option and see how you can best use thyme oil.
Thyme can easily be grown in your own backyard. If you choose to do so, you can serve thyme to your cat fresh. All you need to do is chop off some fresh leaves and add it as a topping to your cat’s wet or dry food.
If you’re buying thyme, make sure it is organically grown. Thyme sprayed with pesticides or herbicides can be toxic to your cat.
There are prepared food with thyme as well. They are available in your favorite pet store.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your vet. Not only that, but a little research can go a long way.