Monday, July 10, 2017

Can You Use Ginkgo Biloba on Your Cat?

Can You Use Ginkgo Biloba on Your Cat?

I've posted before about how I love to play with ginkgo leaves. TW tosses them in the air and as they flutter to the ground, I chase after them. TW finally remembered to pick some off the tree outside last week. I couldn't believe my luck! She even made time to play with me. I had so much fun.

I've mentioned how TW and Pop are #senile and could use some ginkgo biloba but did you know cats can use it too? I've never tried to bite or eat the ginkgo leaves in recent years but this year I started grabbing the leaf in my mouth, flipping it in the air and then batting it around myself. This worried TW.

Can You Use Ginkgo Biloba on Your Cat?

TW was concerned enough to ax Mr. Google if ginkgo was harmful or toxic for cats since many plants and shrubs are. She found that ginkgo can be used on older kitties who are experiencing feline dementia. Studies in cats show that ginkgo speeds recovery from brain and spinal cord injury. As with humans,  due to it blood-thinning properties it's not recommended for use in pets with bleeding disorders. Always use care when buying supplements since they aren't controlled by the FDA and might not contain pure product. Contact your vet if you think ginkgo biloba might help your geriatric cat.

Who needs ginkgo biloba more, you or your humans?

17 comments:

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Very interesting article!

The Indulged Furries said...

Looks like the leaves make fun toys, and you could be coquettish behind it. I'm not saying "you" look coquettish. Actually, you look like you've been caught plotting your next attack.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Binga could definitely use some of that! Maybe I could tell her it's catnip.

Eastside Cats said...

Around here, it's split 50-50 whether the cats or the humans could use some ginko leaves!

Tamago said...

It sure looks fun to play with :-) I did not know Ginkgo could be used for kitties. It was very interesting to read about it!

Kitties Blue said...

C.K., that second photo is a pip...so adorable. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

The Swiss Cats said...

That's very interesting ! Our humans could need some, sometimes. Purrs

da tabbies o trout towne said...

ck....itz a tie...knot one ya wear...round heer....

N de arty cull iz troo in that itza blood thinner....all herbeez iz...de food gurl takez a few N thiz iz correct; they will say if ya hafta haz sir jerry; hope full lee KNOT; usin herbz cauzez trubull coz de bloodz bee sew thin ~~☺☺♥♥

Three Chatty Cats said...

Very interesting, I didn't know that! Love that bottom pic.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I don't think either of us need it right now but this is great info to have, CK!

The Island Cats said...

That's interesting, CK. The mom definitely could benefit from some ginkgo.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That looks like fun to play with, I am glad it is safe for you. I definitely need some more than my cats, I forget everything.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

This is fascinating and bears further research. I love Ginko trees and would love to see my cats response. The supplements are made from the dried herb which would be more concentrated than a fresh leaf.

Brian said...

I did not know that CK! My Dad used to take ginkgo biloba, but he couldn't remember why so he stopped.

Johnny Salib said...

Great read. Didn't know anything about Ginkgo Biloba to be honest. I haven't even heard of it before!

Rene said...

I had no idea that ginkgo could be used on senior kitties!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

There ARE advantages to forgetful humans ... extra breakfasts for one, deniability, slowness when you bite ... but I bet you already figured these out, CK ;) I need something to make my Momma forget more! ~Bear Cat