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Spice up cat's fondness for lemongrass with other plants

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dear Dr. Fox:

My Ninja is an 8-year-old Maine coon cat. She is brave and loves to sneak up on people. And she loves lemongrass!

She loves to eat it and, when the leaves are trimmed off, she makes a nest of it. George and Pat, our other two cats, also like to nibble on it.

I'm told cats hate citrus, so why do they like lemongrass? I've also been told that lemongrass is safe for cats to eat. Is this true? I have several large pots for cooking, and they have to be indoors for the winter.

L.C.

Bartonsville, Md.

DF: First, all things in moderation. Sprout some wheatgrass, alfalfa and catnip so your cats can graze.

Lemongrass has a host of beneficial ingredients that are antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, diuretic, cooling, sedating and helpful with digestion. Lemongrass can help prevent blood clotting and cancer. Externally (as a strong tea), it will act as an insect repellent and clear up athlete's foot.


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