These days, there is a steadily increasing interest in health drinks, particularly green tea. Although not a lot of people like the taste of green tea, this beverage is still considered as a good choice of health drink. After all, it contains a high level of antioxidants and does not have much in the way of caffeine content.
The above could be why many people want their pets to indulge in this drink. But is it really a good idea?
Answer: Not all green tea is recommended for cats. If the tea blend you regularly indulge in contains even the slightest trace of caffeine, it should never be given to a feline. But if your favourite tea blend is uncaffeinated and unsweetened, you may share it to your kitty, but only in moderation. Many components of green tea can help in improving feline health.
What exactly are the benefits of giving green tea to your cat?
Tea has antioxidant benefits due to the presence of chemicals known as polyphenols. The most notable polyphenol in green tea, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, is very effective in destroying the body’s free radicals, which are harmful to one’s body.
What exactly are free radicals?
Free radicals are charged particles formed in the body through numerous means such as metabolic processes, dietary factors, exercise, pollution, and stress. These upset all bonds in our cells, leading to cell damage, which can lead to numerous mutations. While many of these cellular mutations are relatively harmless, others accelerate aging and even trigger cancer development.
Most domestic cats are subject to the same things their human owners are subject to. They are as susceptible to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, household cleaners, and stress (one of which is the development of free radicals) as their human owners. As such, they can also suffer from tumors, cancers, and UV radiation damage. So if you give your felines moderate amounts of green tea, you help in stopping the development of free radicals, and hence prevent cancers and tumors from developing in their bodies.
Some cancers that moderate consumption of green tea can help prevent include colorectal, stomach, lung, and ovarian cancers.
Why only decaffeinated green tea? What happens when a cat consumes caffeinated green tea?
Cats are more sensitive to caffeine than humans. While humans only feel jittery after consuming a cup of coffee, cats can suffer from numerous harmful side effects, which include: laboured or accelerated breathing, anxiety, severe palpitations, and seizures after caffeine consumption. Left untreated, the pet cat will go into a comatose and eventually die.
Other things to know before you give kitty a cup of decaffeinated tea
Certain blends of caffeine-free tea can do harm to a cat’s health. These harmful blends have herbs which can be poisonous to cats. So before getting tea bags for your kitty, consult your vet first.
Green tea, as long as it is caffeine-free and does not contain artificial sweeteners or herbs harmful to cats, is a great addition to your pet cat’s regular diet. It helps prevent the development of harmful free radicals, which cause tumor and cancer development, without triggering any side effects on him or her.