|Adding herbs to pet's food|
We should never forget that the ancestors of our domesticated dogs and cats were wild animals who were capable of looking after themselves very successfully. For centuries man has tamed and enjoyed the company of these animals for pure pleasure - 6,000 years ago the Egyptians regarded cats as sacred beings.
Modern man still loves to have these two animals near him, but due to circumstances beyond his control, has altered the lifestyle of these animals so radically by confining them to small properties surrounded by high walls. They seldom run free to exercise properly, to eat grasses and fresh plants at will, or roll in dust and grass for the wellbeing of their skin and fur. This impacts on their health, state of nerves, digestive system and attitude. This can, however, be changed with the introduction of a few herbs into the life of these pets.
Our dogs and cats need fresh plants for their general health. Fresh plants are rich in essential nutrients - mineral salts, natural vitamins and chlorophyll (the green substance in plants), These are all very necessary for general good health. Both these animals willingly eat grass when they can get it. Cats roll in and eat catnip and other mints. Dogs rub themselves through bushes and grass, and both love to lie under shrubs. Plants don't have to be eaten to be of benefit. Their volatile oils are absorbed through the skin of the animal.
Dogs and cats easily become constipated from the continuous and monotonous diet of dry pellets or kibbles that they are given day after day. Their diets need the addition of fresh plants for their fibre and roughage content. A small handful of crushed leaves and stalks of dried comfrey, dried spinach and dried rosemary can be sprinkled on the kibbles DAILY. The animal will lick up small amounts of the herbs while picking up the kibbles. This is sufficient to keep their digestive systems in good working order.
Our pets should be fed some real meat at least once a week, preferably more often, if you can afford it. (Not tinned dog food, by the way!) Cook up a stew of some cheap minced meat or chicken with chopped herbs - comfrey, rosemary, thyme and parsley - plus chopped carrots, spinach, green beans and peas, and you will be surprised at how your animal's health improves. A herbal infusion (tea) can be made from 1 teaspoonful of lavender, comfrey, catnip, rosemary, parsley and thyme to 4 cups boiling water. Allow to stand and then strain. Mix half a cup herbal infusion to 1 cup milk for the pet on a daily basis. The animals will be getting a good blend of healthy herbs, rich in mineral salts and phyto nutrients.
These herbs, which you can grow in your garden at home, can be of value in improving the health of your dog or cat.