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How turmeric benefits your cat's health

Updated on November 4, 2014
If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer, your vet may recommend turmeric.
If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer, your vet may recommend turmeric. | Source

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a root grown in South Asia. It is part of the ginger family and is used as a spice in Asian and in particular Indian cuisine.

If you have ever eaten a curry, you may have noticed that it has a distinct flavor from the addition of turmeric.

It is usually dried and ground into a yellow powder which is added to curries and condiments like mustard. The health benefits of turmeric are numerous for both humans and animals.

Researchers are studying the use of turmeric in slowing the progression of autoimmune diseases.
Researchers are studying the use of turmeric in slowing the progression of autoimmune diseases. | Source

What does Turmeric do?

Research has shown that people from countries that include turmeric in their diets are less prone to health conditions like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. Turmeric also plays a notable role in fighting inflammation and is used in the management of conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis.

As turmeric is a commonly used spice in cooking, there is usually no danger associated with its use and it can make a healthy addition to a human's or animal's diet. Turmeric is safe for cats to ingest and can be mixed into food. Pet owners can check with their veterinarian before administering turmeric to their cats.

Besides these uses, Turmeric is known to have the following properties:

1. Turmeric is a powerful analgesic i.e. it reduces pain
2. It is an antibacterial agent and is known to kill both bacteria and viruses
3. It acts as an antiseptic and can be used to clean cuts and wounds
4. It is anti-inflammatory
5. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant

Including turmeric in your cat's diet can improve health and longevity.
Including turmeric in your cat's diet can improve health and longevity. | Source

Does you cat need turmeric?

You can ask your vet about including turmeric in your cat's diet. The health benefits of turmeric are many and your cat can benefit from this miracle spice just as much as you can.

Add a little turmeric to the cat food to treat any existing conditions or to improve your cat's overall health and prevent diseases before they occur. This may be particularly beneficial if your cat tends to pick up any bacterial or viral infections. Check with your vet for the recommended dosage for your cat. The dosage is usually administered based on your pet's weight and any other health conditions that need to be taken into consideration.

It is best to mix turmeric powder with a little cooking oil to make a paste as it does not dissolve in water. You can either mix this paste in with your regular packaged wet or dry food or add it to your homemade cat food recipes. As cats tend to be finicky eaters, it may be a good idea to combine turmeric with universal cat favorites such as chicken liver or fish.

Turmeric can reduce pain from inflammation in pets.
Turmeric can reduce pain from inflammation in pets. | Source

The Role of Turmeric in Traditional Medicine

Turmeric can also be used topically as a poultice for scratches or minor wounds. As it has a reputation for killing viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, a turmeric poultice can speed up wound healing.

Turmeric has been used to promote overall health in ancient Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal traditions. However, when applying turmeric directly on wounds, use with caution as the paste can burn and cause irritation.

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Some key health benefits of turmeric for cats

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which may be able to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Improve liver function
  • Promote a healthier digestive tract
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Promote healthy skin and eyes

Ask your vet if your cat can benefit from a little tumeric in her diet. You may be able to help her live a healthier, longer life!

Research into the health benefits of turmeric for cats

Quite a few studies have proved that turmeric may be highly beneficial to both cats (and other animals) and humans.

Researchers at Colorado State University believe that turmeric may have the ability to kill cancer cells in cats.

The effects of turmeric in slowing down the progression of autoimmune diseases in cats is currently being studied.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      That was very interesting about turmeric for animals as you just today on another hub mention it to me. I have just watch the above video, will be looking into using something like Turmeric Tea which maybe helpful for my stomach.

      I was interesting you saying about Multiple Sclerosis, I lost my youngest sister through that illness about six years ago, that wasn't very nice seeing her slowly fading away, from a very healthy lady.

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      Maria K 2 years ago from Bangalore

      I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I've heard that it is a devastating illness. The hub about turmeric is based on research from scientists, and I thought it would be useful to spread the word so that more people come to know about natural remedies and preventative measures rather than taking chemicals that have so many side effects.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I knew about this for people, but I didn't for animals. It seems to help so many things, that I think I better include this in their diet. So glad to have found this and added it to my pet board.

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      Maria K 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Favored, I'm glad you find this useful. I recently adopted a homeless cat and she was sick for a while. She's healed now. I've been adding turmeric in her food. She doesn't like it if there is too much but a little doesn't seem to bother her.

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      Jean DAndrea 18 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is interesting. My cat has asthma, and I'm wondering if a little turmeric in her food could be of benefit. It sounds as if it could be of use to myself too! :-)

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