A well-loved herb originating from the Mediterranean region, rosemary is commonly used to add a piney, citrusy flavor to steaks, soups, sauces, and many other fish and poultry recipes.
But did you know that aside from humans, cats also enjoy the lovely, refreshing flavor and numerous health benefits of rosemary? Read on to find out more about feeding rosemary to your cat.
How healthy is rosemary?
Classified as non-toxic for cats by the ASPCA, this fragrant herb is a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, folate, and manganese. Feeding your cats with just the right amount of rosemary can help:
- improve digestion
- protect your pets from free radicals due to antioxidants
- fight infections due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties
- reduce inflammation and swelling
- protect and improve eyesight
- improve skin and coat health
How much is too many for cats?
If consumed in small portions, rosemary is a safe and beneficial herb that your cat can savor and enjoy. Use it as a flavor enhancer to your chosen cat food.
However, like most things, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. If your cat eats this herb in high amounts, it can become dangerous. Signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- upset stomach
- depression, if the nervous system was affected
Remember to consult your veterinarian first before giving fresh or dried rosemary to your cat.
How to feed rosemary to your cats
Like any other food that you want to introduce and include to your cat’s meal, remember to start off with very small portions. This way, you can easily see if the herb has a negative effect on your cat.
If your cat likes rosemary and your vet agrees to feeding this herb to your cat, here’s what you can do. Using your vet’s recommended serving amount, finely chop fresh or dried ones into small pieces and sprinkle it on top of your cat’s favorite meal.
For a hassle-free option, you can also go for a gourmet pet food that has been enriched with healthy, aromatic herbs like rosemary. We suggest trying Wishbone Pet Foods‘ appetizing gourmet recipes for cats. Read our labels and discover what other herbs and fruits are included in our recipes.
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