Help for Cats!
With two small pots and some organic gardening soil, you can give your kitty a perfect treat.
Buy pots with drain hole in the bottom and saucers to catch the water overflow and potting soil for vegetables and fruit. Fill one of the pots with potting soil to about 1 ½ inches from the top. Sprinkle enough of the seeds such as alfalfa, or wheat berries from the cereal section, to make one layer on the top of the soil. Cover the seeds completely with about 1/4 inch of additional soil. Put the pot in a sink and add water to completely moisten all the soil. Excess water will come out the holes into the saucer and you can drain that off. Keep the pot near a sink so you can lightly sprinkle with water once or twice a day. When the sprouts are about a ½ inch long move to a sunny window. The grass will take 5 or 6 days to grown 3 or 4 inches. Then offer to the cat and start a second pot. You don’t have to start over with all new potting soil. Just pull out the withered grass, top the container with fresh potting soil and start a new batch. The soil will eventually become depleted of nutrients and you will want to use totally fresh potting soil.
HERBS FOR CATS
In her book, The Natural Cat, Anitra Frazier recommends making a garlic condiment to serve to your cat. The recipe calls for:
Mix ingredients together and let stand three hours. Store in refrigerator. It will keep for three days. Mix 1/16 teaspoon of the mix in the cat’s dinner.
I would add various herbs to the mix depending on the effect you want to achieve:
Ginseng - to stimulate the appetite and promote energy.
Alfalfa - also stimulates the appetite and provides 7 digestive enzymes.
Goldenseal - If a cat has a cold, sinus problem or other nose, throat, or ear problem, goldenseal acts like an antibiotic, antiseptic and fungicide. It is an alkalizer.
Horsetail- This herb has a high mineral content and also strengthens nails and bones.
Nettle - An herb good for the liver, rich in minerals and slightly diuretic.
Parsley - A good vitamin source.
Slippery elm- Very soothing for any irritation in the digestive tract and can be used for diarrhea, ulcers, and vomiting.
Herbs can be powdered or in an extract or tincture. You can buy tinctures in a non-alcoholic base making them more palatable to a cat. Herbs can be added to the meal or given after a meal. Usually a minimum of three times a day is necessary. Continue for three to four days for minor problems or several weeks for chronic ones.
For supplies and further information consult Marie Cargill.