Slippery Elm 2

Slippery Elm 2—Kerry Wixted (Flickr.com)

Your cat pukes, you clean it up, what do you now?

Most people go to the pet store and pick up a hairball formula food, or a petroleum based  gel product.

These products can be great for a quick fix, or so it may seem. Long term usage can result in a decrease with the body’s ability to absorb vitamins A,D,E &K. This is because the petroleum based product coats not only the hair in the cats internal organs, but it also coats the intestines, and colon.  So with long term use of these you will have to ask you vet about a vitamin supplement.

There is a natural way to help your feline friend out!

Slippery Elm Bark

But what exactly is slippery elm?

“Slippery elm is a medium-sized tree native to North America. It can reach well over 50 feet in height and is topped by spreading branches that form an open crown. The red, brown, or orange branches grow downward, and the stalk-less flowers are arranged in dense clusters. The plant’s leaves are long and green, and they darken in color during the fall. The bark has deep fissures, a gummy texture, and a slight but distinct odor.” – University of Maryland Medical Center. Read the full article here

Native Americans have used this for many years for multiple medicinal purposes, which  a list can be seen at the link above.

You can make an herbal mixture to give your kitty cat twice a week or whenever it is needed. Slippery Elm Bark turns slimy when you mix it with water. To make the “slime” follow this recipe:

  • 2 capsules of slippery elm bark
  • 1 tablespoon of boiling water.
  • Mix together and let cool
  • Once cooled mix into cats regular food.

Hope this helps some feline friends out there!