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Is Thyme Toxic For Cats?

Is Thyme Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

No, thyme is not poisonous to cats. It is one of the safe herbs for our feline companions. It is also included in the list of non-toxic plants for cats by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Since there are no toxic principles found in this herb, it is perfectly safe to use this in your kitchen or grow in your gardens.

Can Cats Eat Thyme?

Yes, can eat thyme in moderation. Start with small amounts, as you should with any new food you give your pet. Your cat can benefit from the wonderful health advantages of this herb if it is used sparingly. The flavor and fragrant aroma that this herb adds to your cat’s food will be savored and appreciated by your cat.

Add some chopped fresh or dried ones as a garnish to your cat’s preferred dry or wet food. To keep your cat safe and healthy, choose ones that haven’t had herbicides or pesticides sprayed on them. Alternatively, you could decide to feed your cat a pet food enriched with thyme.

Do not use or administer thyme oil to your cat without first talking to your veterinarian. Because cats are small and do not possess the same liver enzymes as humans, essential oils, whether applied directly to fur, paws or breathed in through diffusers, can be extremely harmful in small dosages for them.

What is Thyme?

Thyme is a 30-70 cm tall flowering plant from the labyrinth family that is popular in southern Europe.

It can be a short-lived ground cover in the garden, but it can be easily propagated from cuttings. It is also the primary source of thyme, which is used in cooking and as a herbal remedy.

The three essential components in thyme are thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol. German experts claim that of the three essential thyme components, thymol and carvacrol are crucial in enhancing the respiratory tract’s resistance to viruses and bacteria.

For ornamental uses, many cultivars and hybrids have been developed. Different thyme varieties have different leaf shapes, colors, and essential oils.

Keeping Cats Away From Thyme

Thyme has a strong scent that can drive away cats. Thus, it is less likely that your cat will take interest in your garden thyme.

However, if you need to deter cats from your other houseplants, you can try covering your plants with a lot of row covers. If they are securely fastened, your cat will avoid those plant beds.

One of the things that cats despise is getting wet. If you catch your cat gnawing or nibbling on your plants, you may try spraying water on them using a water hose, water gun, or a water sprayer. This method will make them realize that they are not welcome near your plants.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.