Recently, I stumbled upon a question on a forum asking if it’s okay use black seeds for cats. That sparked my curiosity and made me wonder why someone would want to give black seeds to their cat.
What did I do? I started digging on the Internet to find exactly what this fuss was about. So, if you are interested in learning something new or if you are wondering if black seeds are safe for your cat, keep on reading.
What are black seeds?
Let’s first talk about black seeds. Do you know what they are? Maybe you know them as black cumin, black caraway or fennel flower. No? I’m not going to torment you further. Here is the answer.
Black seeds come from a flowering plant called Nigella Savita. It grows in South and Southeast Asia. The seeds look very much like sunflower seeds, and they have a unique taste – a blend of toasted onions, oregano, and black pepper.
The use of black seeds and black seed oil as a medicine can be traced to the ancient Egyptians. Supposedly, they used it for digestive problems, inflammation of the skin, headaches and so on. In fact, the ancient Egyptians used it to treat almost all diseases. That’s why some called black seed oil a panacea.
Although some people use it today as a cure for various ailments, it’s also a popular spice in India and the Middle East.
The amazing properties of black seeds
Even today black seeds haven’t lost their popularity, and people swear that they can cure anything from cancer to common skin inflammations. But is there any truth in this?
Well, there is some scientific evidence that supports the claim that black cumin has anti-inflammatory properties and no unwanted side effects.
If you are wondering which the most amazing benefits of black seed oil are, here they are:
- Prevents and cures cancer according to some studies
- Promotes good liver health
- Strengthens the hair follicle, promotes healthy hair and helps with hair loss
- Heals the skin
- Improve glucose tolerance. Some studies even suggest that it might be helpful for preventing diabetes.
- Kills infections
It’s no wonder that some people consider giving black seeds to their kitties after reading about these fascinating benefits. What’s more, black seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are necessary for a healthy organism.
But keep in mind that the name “black cumin” might mislead you to buy the wrong spice. Cumin and black cumin are two different plants and two different spices.
Are black seeds safe for cats?
We concluded that black seeds are beneficial for humans. But what about our furry friends? Are black seeds safe for cats? Well, the simple answer is – probably not.
At first, I couldn’t find anything to indicate that black seeds are dangerous for cats. They are not included in the toxic plant list, and there are no warning stories not to use black seeds.
Moreover, you can find black seed oil for cats, dogs, and horses available in online stores. But since people sell all kinds of stuff on the Internet, I continued to dig deeper and look for answers from a more credible source.
I found out that some recommend it as a parasite treatment by mixing one teaspoon of black seed oil with the cat food. The same source also says that you can use black seeds externally for cats by steeping them in water for one hour and then spraying the fur before a grooming session. This action supposedly will make your cat’s coat shiny and lustrous.
But on the other hand, if we take a look at the composition of the black seed oil we will see that it contains some chemicals like phenolics and terpenes. These are poisonous cats, but it’s not clear if the concentration in the black seeds is enough to cause a problem.
What’s more, there are no officially approved uses of black seeds for cats that I could find. So my advice is that you talk to your veterinarian and that you don’t do anything on your own.
If you do decide to use black seeds after talking with your veterinarian, do so in moderation. Try a small dose first to see if your cat will have any reaction to it. Better safe, than sorry – that’s my motto.
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I understand your desire to keep your feline friend in top shape but be careful what you use. Black seeds might have some benefits for humans, but their effect on cats is still unclear.
If you want to use supplements to keep your cat healthy and strong, there are some spices and herbs that you can try – caraway (which has nothing to do with black seeds), catnip, dill or calendula.
So what do you think about black seeds for cats? Have you ever tried them? Share your opinion in the comment section.
I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.
I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
For the past three years, I’ve been an ELS teacher, pouring my heart into showing children and teenagers how important English is for their future and trying to educate them how to treat their pets with care.