Is turmeric for cats as good for their health as it is for human health? Some mainstream vets feel it is. Many people feel if it’s good for people it must be good for everyone. But they would be wrong.
Most of us are well aware of the beneficial effects of turmeric to human health. It has become a popular supplement. However, people and cats are very different, with very different needs.
Whenever you want to improve the health of someone, there are two important considerations to make first.
1 – Why are they sick in the first place? Can you elicit the cause of the problem, then right that? If that is possible, then you don’t need to consider anything additional.
2 – Is the medicine/supplement/herb suitable for that particular species?
So let’s look at why cats are sick in the first place. Because this can answer both questions.
Most cats are fed commercial cat food. Dry food is the most popular food. This dry food is often left out all day.
If this is your preferred food for your cat, then I ask you, no I BEG you, to look at the list of ingredients. Bearing in mind, that the list of ingredients reflects the quantity used, so the first ingredient will be the largest, the last ingredient the smallest.
I picked up a popular brand sold by most vets. The first ingredient was vegetable protein isolate. So that’s the bulkiest. There were 21 listed ingredients, 15 of them were from plant based foods. Most were at the top of the list.
Now most people fully appreciate that cats are carnivores. Carnivores eat meat. They can’t eat plant based food. Their system is not equipped to digest or utilise the complexities of plant based foods, as herbivores or omnivores are.
So this is the number one reason why most cats are sick. They have been fed plant based foods for years and their body can take no more.
Now turmeric is a spice. It’s a plant. The supplement is often mixed with pepper, which enhances its absorbability. Pepper is another plant. And it’s then often mixed with coconut oil. Yet another plant based food.
Putting two and two together, it makes sense that turmeric for cats is potentially dangerous.
Rather than look for supplements for a sick cat, it is better to see what the cause might be. By changing the diet to a quality, natural, species-specific one, the health of your cat can miraculously improve. MIRACULOUSLY.
An analogy would be running your unleaded car on diesel fuel. It wouldn’t run very well, if at all. You would damage the engine. You would shorten its life. But, if the damage has not gone too far, by changing back to unleaded fuel, your car would run better. Much better.
Diet is that important. Get that wrong and no amount of supplements will right that wrong. Turmeric, sometimes referred to as golden paste for cats, is not something you should be considering. Take it for yourself, by all means. But don’t give it to a carnivore.
Turmeric is a curcumin, so curcumin for cats is the same thing.
Don’t look for a band aid. Explore the cause. Or employ someone who will do that for you. Turmeric for humans is great. Turmeric for cats, along with their plant based food, is likely to hasten their death.