As pet parents, we strive to give our furry friends the very best, especially when it comes to what they eat. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their diet must be predominantly animal protein. If they don’t eat this way, they can quickly become seriously unwell. This is why your cat could never become a vegetarian. However, cats are curious creatures, and some do enjoy munching on greenery from time to time. 

Reported Benefits of Parsley

Diuretic

A diuretic is a substance that leads to the body producing more urine. Parsley has long been reported as a diuretic in folk medicine. There has been little academic investigation in human or veterinary medicine, but a study published in 2002 found that parsley has a diuretic effect in rats. There is also a study that has found parsley is beneficial in the reduction of bladder stone formation, again in rats. Neither of these findings has been validated in cats, but this work has been assumed transferrable in the pet care community. This has meant that parsley is often recommended in pet blogs as a home remedy to help cats with urinary tract issues. Caution should be taken with this approach, as urinary tract issues with cats can often be complex and multifactorial. Attempting at-home treatment without veterinary guidance is inadvisable due to the risk of your cat developing life-threatening complications by delaying appropriate investigations and treatment. 

Vitamins and Minerals 

In its own right, parsley is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin C and D, and minerals, such as calcium, making it a great addition to our diets as humans. When it comes to dietary vitamins and minerals, you can get too much of a good thing, and toxicities are possible. This is why it’s very important that your cat is eating recipes that meet AAFCO’s standards for a complete & balanced diet. Therefore, if you are unsure if your cat’s diet needs a boost, chat with your veterinarian.  

Conclusion 

Cat looking at parsley

If you are currently exploring making your cat a home-prepared diet, I strongly advise you do this under the guidance of a licensed veterinary nutritionist who can tailor a diet to your cat’s specific needs. If your cat has a medical condition and you are looking to supplement their diet, ensure you do so under the guidance of your cat’s veterinarian to ensure there are no conflicting actions between drugs and supplements. A high-quality, complete & balanced cat food, alongside readily available freshwater, will contain all the nutrients your cat needs. Your veterinarian will advise you if your cat’s medical needs require additional supplementation.