For humans, ginger is a popular home remedy for nausea, colds and pain. But what about cats? Is ginger toxic to the velvet paws or is it a useful natural remedy? The answers to these questions are described below.
Ginger is often referred to as a "miracle tuber" and should help against all sorts of complaints in humans. For example, the pungent, bitter and essential oils can help with indigestion. In addition, ginger is said to have an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. But is that only for humans or can cats be treated with ginger?
How should ginger help cats?
In small amounts, ginger in cats can alleviate calming, such as in acute anxiety or in stressful situations. In addition, the tuber with its pungent and bitter substances to stimulate the pancreas, the bile flow and gastric juice formation. In this way, it can alleviate indigestion, for example:
● loss of appetite
● abdominal pain
In addition, ginger should reduce fever, dilute the blood, inhibit inflammation and relieve pain. This can be useful for colds. Due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory effect ginger is also occasionally recommended as a natural remedy for osteoarthritis and other joint problems.
Are cats allowed to eat ginger or is it poisonous?
Cats do not tolerate either essential oils or pungent substances. In larger quantities, ginger is potentially toxic to the animals. However, velvet paws usually do not like citrus scents such as oranges, lemons and ginger. You do not have to worry too much if you drop a piece of ginger root while cooking. It is very unlikely that your cat eats the piece. She may play with it or nibble on it curiously, but she probably does not taste it.
However, ginger preparations are nonetheless offered as natural supplements. You should be careful here. Too high a dose can do the opposite of what you wanted to do - and thus worsen the situation. Your cat may get sick, and the blood-thinning effect can make existing illness worse. The essential oils and pungent substances also irritate the delicate digestive tract of cats. In the worst case, ginger preparations can therefore lead to life-threatening damage to the four-legged friends - so do not use them without consulting your veterinarian.
Conclusion: If in doubt veterinarian ask for advice
Unlike humans, ginger is not a natural remedy of choice for cats. Even in the species-appropriate cat nutrition, the tuber has lost nothing. If you are thinking about treating anxiety, indigestion, colds, or pains with ginger preparations, be sure to go to the vet first. It is important that the causes and possible underlying diseases behind the symptoms are determined. Then the veterinarian can treat the complaints specifically.
Ginger is then - if anything - as a temporary addition in question. However, discuss with your veterinarian and veterinary practitioner if there are any less dangerous alternatives for your cat. For example, Bach flower remedies can have a calming effect on stress and anxiety. For severe anxiety disorders, a cat psychologist may need to support the treatment. A cold helps calm and warmth best. Indigestion and pain are often symptoms of other illnesses and should not be taken lightly.