Do my cats need supplements to improve their health? It’s a question many vets get asked these days. As our pets are an integral part of the family we want them to live happy and healthy lives. Many vets will say that the food your cat is eating should provide enough nutrients for a balanced and healthy diet. However, lots of cat owners use a variety of supplements to boost their furry feline friend’s immune system, believing that the boost can be effective in keeping their cats healthy. So, what supplements for cats are available? There is everything from herbal supplements, such as hemp, to medical supplements. But do any of these actually improve your cat’s health?
Types of Supplements
It can be difficult to know where to start when looking through the endless supplement lists for your cat, it obviously depends on what you and your cat prefer to use. When looking at herbal supplements, there are several to choose from such as chamomile tea for cats who are nervous or uncomfortable when travelling, ginger root extract to soothe an upset stomach, and even bee pollen. If you are unsure about using natural home remedies, talk to your vet as they may be able to suggest supplements such as multivitamins, digestive enzymes, omega three fatty acids or probiotics. However, there is a third option that you could try and this is the holistic supplement, hemp. Hemp comes from the phytocannabinoids family, and these supplements help give a boost to your feline’s immune system, which in turn can improve the animal’s overall health.
Holistic care, or alternative care, is emerging as a very popular choice for both people and their pets. One of the most popular types of holistic treatment comes in the form of hemp tablets; within these supplements, there are small amounts of omega fatty acids, B vitamins and other various minerals. These supplements can give your cat a boost in good nutrition from the various vitamins and minerals within hemp, and they can also help support brain function, ease joint pain and arthritis, support a healthy coat as well as help to decrease body inflammation.
When starting to give your cat any sort of new supplement always ensure that you have spoken to a vet beforehand and always start your animal off with small amounts of the supplement. There are several potentially helpful herbal supplements that you can try to improve your cat’s immune system and overall health such as Chamomile tea, ginger root extract, bee pollen and slippery elm.
If your cat has a tendency to feel nervous or uncomfortable with travel, chamomile tea may help to relax them slightly; brew a strong tea and allow it to cool slightly, then administer it via an eyedropper into their mouth. Ginger root can also help soothe an upset stomach, just use a few drops before leaving on a car journey. Slippery elm is recommended for treating diarrhea and vomiting. If you want something that does a number of things for your cat’s health, try bee pollen as it can help restore hormone balance, regulate the digestive tract and even slow the aging process.
If you’re looking to give your cat any supplements, ensure that you talk to an animal medical professional before administering any new supplement; and make sure that you avoid giving your animal any supplement that will make them ill.
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