Here at VitaCat, we’re very passionate about supporting your cat’s kidney health. We believe that quality nutrients are essential when taking a preventative approach to kidney disease and urinary ailments.
We’ve talked on the blog before about why it’s so important to look after your cat’s kidneys, and this week on the blog we’re breaking down one of our favorite ingredients for supporting kidney health in our feline friends.
Meet Astragalus Root, the kidney-loving medicinal herb.
One of our hero ingredients in our Kidney Support formula is Astragalus Root, which is a vital herb that provides a variety of health benefits to cats as well as dogs, fish, and horses.
Astragalus Root comes from the flowering plant Astragalus membranaceus and has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This type of herb is what is known as an adaptogen, a subset of natural substances that have been used to assist the body’s natural response to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. Adaptogens are often used in supplements in the wellness industry for humans (popular adaptogens include ashwagandha, ginseng, and lion’s mane) – but they can also be great for our pets, too!
Astragalus Root boasts anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, which makes it a great supplement to add to your cat’s dietary regimen. Regular usage of this herb can assist in managing various conditions in cats, including hyperthyroidism, heart conditions, bladder infections, suppressed immune function, and kidney disease.
Astragalus Root supports kidney function by improving blood flow, maintaining healthy haemoglobin levels, and regulating the amount of protein in urine. It has also been found to support the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
Here’s how to use Astragalus Root in your cat’s healthcare regimen.
While certain supplements and herbs like Astragalus Root provide excellent support to the well-being of our beloved cats, the most effective results come with daily use. Implementing a regular supplementation routine ensures your cat’s kidney function will be supported long-term. While you could use Astragalus Root on its own, it is best used in combination with other herbs and vitamins for a well-rounded approach.
We’ve created a kidney and urinary support supplement that contains not only Astragalus Root extract but also Rehmannia Root extract. Rehmannia is another natural herb rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine that supports healthy kidney function by supporting the adrenals, providing anti-inflammatory benefits, and stimulating the kidney hormone erythropoietin. Rehmannia Root has been found to improve renal blood flow and promote red blood cell production, making it another one of our VitaCat standout ingredients.
By bringing both Astragalus Root extract and Rehmannia Root extract together in one formula that your cats are sure to love, you can rest easy knowing your cat’s kidneys are healthy and supported.
If you’re looking for a supplement that will support your cat’s kidney and urinary health, look no further. Our chews make it easy for your cat to get their essential nutrients – you can feed them to your pet as a treat, or break them up and sprinkle it into their food!
Shop our Kidney + Urinary Support chews here.