Tonic foods and home remedies for cats are a perfect combination. Tonic foods are power foods that will dispel any mental and physical lethargy. They will help your cat to recover from illness and keep it in optimum condition otherwise. Some tonic foods can be fed regularly while others should only be given every now and again when you cat is ill or as a treat.
Potent cat tonic foods include honey; apple cider vinegar; herbs such as parsley, stinging nettles, catnip, valerian, dandelion, wild garlic, clover, watercress and feverfew; spices like garlic, turmeric and ginger; couchgrass, kelp, dried fruits, yoghurts, yeast, oils, brown wholegrain rice and lentils. This article explains how to prepare and use some of them.
Honey is not just good for humans, it’s also excellent for cats. Honey heals and restores. It contains every mineral and vitamin to sustain life in exactly the right amount for your cat’s body. It gives energy and renews vitality, yet it is also a natural sedative, purifies as it is antiseptic and protects the stomach.
When your cat is ill honey is a good tonic food to feed often. You can give your cat small balls of honey either plain or combined with finely minced herbs and a few drops of apple cider vinegar. To make them less sticky, roll them in corn flour. At other times you can feed one ball on a regular basis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar provides potassium which is vital for the correct functioning of all major organs in an acid base. In this form potassium is assimilated best by your cat’s body.
Apple cider vinegar gets rid of rheumatism and arthritis when taken with honey. It sterilises and destroys harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and eliminates dangerous acids from the kidneys, soothes the stomach, prevents heart problems and calms the nerves.
One teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar diluted in water can be fed daily sprinkled over food. Do not put it in drinking water or milk. Adding a few drops of honey makes it even better.
Parsley, very finely chopped and mixed into meat, can be included into your cat’s daily food. Stinging nettle can be added to meat stew. Simmer some nettle tops for five minutes before adding to the meal. Dandelion, watercress, wild garlic, clover and feverfew (all finely minced) should be fed one teaspoon at a time to help your cat recover from illness.
Turmeric aids digestion and eases congestion, beats infections, inhibits tumours, prevents dysentery and arthritis, protects the liver, gall bladder and the heart and fights internal parasites. You can feed it once a week, sprinkling it very sparingly over meat. If your cat dislikes this, feed the same amount in warm milk.
Ginger has a warming effect and acts as a disinfectant. Give a small amount in warm milk. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and antiprotozoan. It kills microbs and other parasites in the blood and in your cat’s systems and will ensure your cat stays healthy. Grate a small amount over meat daily (no more than half a teaspoon per day). If your cat dislikes it, hide it in honey or cheese.
Yoghurt, Yeast and Oils
Plain yoghurt is restorative and, in small quantities, can be given several times a week. Yeast is excellent to promote healing. Feed a small amount every now and again on food. Sesame, corn and sunflower oils are good for your cat. Half a teaspoon can be given in meat several times a week.
Couchgrass and Kelp
Couchgrass is a strong internal cleanser and contains many minerals and trace elements your cat needs. If your cat is an outdoor cat it will probably find it on its own. For indoor cats give a teaspoonful, finely chopped, three tines a week.
Kelp is a cleanser and is rich in iodine. Iodine balances the whole organism. Give ¼ of a kelp tablet disguised in strong-smelling food per day.
This may not be an obvious food for cats but one teaspoon of dried fruits can be fed twice per week, chopped into small pieces and mixed with honey, oatmeal and a little cream. Most cat’s will love it. Make sure your cat drinks plenty of water on these days as the fruits will soak up fluids from the stomach.