Anytime I want the cats to increase their water intake and keep the kidneys happy, I give them parsley water. Parsley is full of vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, can regulate urinary pH, and---being that it’s a diuretic---helps flush toxins from the body.
Not all parsley varieties are created equal and while curly-leaf and Italian flat-leaf parsley are safe to give, spring parsley is NOT.
- To make parsley water, I trim (and discard) the ends off a bundle of fresh, washed, and organic parsley, and submerge the parsley in a pot of about 2.5 quarts of boiling distilled water.
- I turn the stove off, cover the pot with a lid, and let steep for 5 minutes.
- After time has elapsed, I remove the “cooked” parsley and discard, and allow the water to cool to room temperature.
- Then, the water is poured into a ceramic teapot or a glass Mason jar, and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Of course, it can also be poured into ice-cube trays and frozen for longer use and storage.
Now, I don’t give large amounts, because that would be unnecessary. Just a tablespoon-worth poured on top of their morning raw-prey meals (a tablespoon per cat)---usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
There’s quite a lot of parsley water left over (since I make 2.5 quarts of it), so if the batch is not frozen, then I drink it in the mornings with my paw buddies as they eat their meals. It’s good for us humans, too.
I don’t give the parsley water for too long of a time either, because that would also be unnecessary. Parsley water should be given as a booster---whether the cat is healthy or fighting off an illness---not as an everyday supplement. A properly prepared raw-fed diet should have all the essentials (and more) that a cat needs. So, when I make a batch of parsley water, it’s usually once every 2 to 3 months.
I guess the most important question is: ‘Do they like it?’
Well, I haven’t heard any complaints yet (and some of them are finicky little jerks), so I like to think it’s a welcomed---or at least tolerated---treat.