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for Larry Hoover - Turmeric and Cats

Posted by IsoM on January 18, 2003, at 1:02:29

This question may seem a little strange, Larry, but as a toxicologist, I wonder if you know anything about toxic compounds for cats.

I'm aware that caffeine, thromobromine, all veggies from the the Alliaceae (onion) & the Solanaceae (nightshade) families, NSAIDs (except in certain cases in very small controlled doses), & a wide range of plants are toxic to cats. Their livers can't clear these toxins as quickly as humans can.

What I'm wondering is if there's anything toxic in turmeric to cats? I have a cat with chronic renal failure. I downloaded a study from a vet college on treatment & management, & in it, they mentioned that omega-3 FA benefitted a cat's kidneys as it protected the remaining healthy kidney tissue. The omega-6 FA caused inflammation & greater damage. Omega-3 FA increased prostaglandins PGE & PGI which have vasodilator properties benefitting the kidneys while reducing TXA2 which was vasoconstricting.

If turmeric isn't toxic to cats, & it wouldn't inhibit all prostaglandin production (don't wish to prevent the good), I'd like to add a small amount to her diet besides the omega-3 I add now.

A 2nd question asking your opinion. I keep hearing about Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. & am curious if you think her articles are credible? I don't know enough to make a solid judgement & would appreciate your views.




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