Cats are unable to detoxify the body in the same way that humans can. They’re also far more susceptible to damage from everyday toxins in the environment and in their diet because their bodies are smaller than ours (most of the time).
To keep your cat as healthy as possible, you need to not only limit exposure to toxins but also help the body detoxify itself in the most efficient manner, and the best way to do so is by providing natural supportive therapies. Here is a list of some of our favourites. Be sure to check with your vet before introducing anything new to your pet’s diet.
1. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is the go-to herb for regenerating and protecting the liver, the organ responsible for detoxifying the body. The herb works by protecting liver cells against toxins. It can be given after an animal has been exposed to a toxin in order to reduce the negative effects.
2. Vitamin E
This is a powerful antioxidant that will seek out damaging free radicals and eliminate them. It’s prescribed for a variety of conditions, including cancer, infectious illnesses, skin problems, and even old age because it has the ability to boost the body’s defenses and clear toxicity.
3. Vitamin C
This is yet another potent antioxidant that provides the body with many benefits. Because it can give the immune system a boost, it’s a great option when it comes to detoxification. It can also be used for everything from bowel problems to cancer, gum disease, skin disorders, and more.
4. Green Tea
Green tea is high in antioxidants that protect the body against damaging free radicals and cancer. Green tea leaf extract is a great supplement to add to your pet’s diet in order to strengthen their health right down to the cellular level by removing carcinogens from the body.
This mineral is great for reducing inflammation and speeding healing of wounds. It also supports the production of detoxification enzymes that are made by the liver.
S-adenosylmethionine, known as SAMe for short, is another supplement that helps to clear the liver of toxins while protecting it from further damage. SAMe is actually a component of the detoxifier, milk thistle. When the liver is healthy, it is better able to filter and remove toxins from the body, before they can do harm.
In addition to being highly nutritious, dandelion can help strengthen the liver and clear out toxins.
8. Red Clover
The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory system that carries liquid called lymph to the heart. Lymph contains white blood cells, and helps get rid of toxins in the body. Red clover can help support the lymphatic system.
9. Marshmallow, Corn Silk, and Cranberry
The kidneys are also important organs when it comes to detoxification. Support them with marshmallow, corn silk, and cranberry.
10. Echinacea, Astragalus, and Garlic
A strong immune system is also important when detoxifying. These three plants can help keep your cat’s immune system strong, even when they don’t need a detox.