What benefit does calendula provide for cats?
Calendula is a gentle herb that can help ease skin irritation and wounds when used correctly. It is always recommended that cat owners use extreme caution when using herbs and essential oils on their cats, as there have been several cited instances where cats have suffered adverse effects after the use of common oils and herbs. When used in moderation, and under the supervision of your veterinarian, calendula may offer your cat the following types of relief:
- Soothing of itchy skin
- Quicker healing of minor wounds
- The antiseptic properties of calendula may help to keep minor wounds clean
- Relief from insect bites
- Reduced inflammation associated with minor wounds
- Assistance healing minor bruising
Calendula is typically found in health food stores and can also be purchased online. It can be found as a spray, gel, or a topical cream. Avoid using too much of the calendula cream or ointment on your cat as it could pose potential health concerns for your feline. This is especially true if he ingests it during the course of grooming.
Calendula should also not be used on severe wounds that require suture, or wounds that need to remain exposed in order to drain. This is due to the fact that the rapid healing properties that calendula encourages could cause the infection to be trapped inside of healed skin.
Always consult with your veterinarian before using a new ointment or substance to treat your cat. You might also consider consulting a homeopathic veterinarian to get a better idea of all the options that are available.