Herbal Regimens

Lorre Smith

The following are the exact regimens I use for my cats:

The original formula I used for the cat that was producing one kitten litters was:

Pau D'arco -- 1/2 capsule once a day for 2 weeks. Then,

Dong Quai -- 1/2 capsule once a day for 8 weeks. Then,

Remove cat from the Dong Quai before breeding.

The formula that I use now is just a bit different. I also use it on every Queen I have, and have been averaging 7 kittens per litter. That's up from 4 per litter.

Pau D'arco -- 1/2 capsule once a day for 2 weeks. You may start this on a queen 1 week after she delivers a litter. It is not detrimental to the kittens.

Dong Quai with F/C -- 1/2 capsule once a day until a week before breeding.

Damiana -- 1/2 capsule per day for 2 weeks before breeding. This will help to bring the Queen into heat.

Red Raspberry -- 1/3 capsule daily during gestation.

Marshmallow -- 1/2 capsule daily starting 1 week before litter is due and continuing while the Queen is nursing.

The herbs I use for the Queen that was aborting her litters are exactly the same as above with only one addition. I started to administer 5 drops per day of Myrrh into her wet food. This began the day after she was bred and I did it throughout the whole term. My research says that it is usually given during the first trimester, but it is not harmful, so I just continued it.

I administer Damiana to my males if I know they are going to be with a Queen. It's best to start about a week before the date, and continue during the breeding. This is to increase the sperm count. I would not recommend keeping the male on this all of the time because it increases sex drive.

As a regular part of my cat's daily diet I include the following:

Garlic Oil -- 1/4 capsule per cat

HSN -- 1/4 capsule per cat

Three -- 1/4 capsule per cat

Herbal CA -- 1/3 to 1/2 capsule per cat for good source of calcium supplement.

A free roaming cat will graze a bit on grass, or some succelent young shoot. He will consume an occasional mouse, bird or lizzard. Cats are carnivorous, and their systems are tuned to digest mostly meat. As you plan their diets, you must keep these things in mind. You must monitor their health and eating habits by watching their weight, the brightness of their eyes, their alertness, their activity level, and their willingness to eat the diet you provide. Once, we decided to try a vegetarian diet for our cats, based on an article we read on how bad meat was for cats, and how poorly they did when put on a diet containing meat. After several days, we decided that most cats will refuse to eat shredded carrots and potatoes to the point of starvation. With diet, as with all other things, common sense goes a very long way. Keep in mind, that there is no substitute for clean surroundings, room to exercise, and love. Herbs help, as do special diets.

Also, nothing in these pages is intended to replace the advice of your vet. However, if he seems to rely on steriods and antibiotics, to the exclusion of good animal husbandry practices, get a second opinion.