I know we've been talking about the coconut oil a lot lately. A LOT. Please forgive this one, hopefully last, post about it. No, we do not work for the coconut oil consortium. We're just finding it working for us in ways we didn't expect.
I mentioned that I wondered if it was helping Star's arthritis the other day. And my cousin asked me about it, so I told her what I know, which, really isn't much. I mean, my vet literally just kind of tossed off, "put some coconut oil on it and get her to eat some if you can."
An aside here, this is the same way he tossed off to stop giving Leo fish because of his urine crystals problem. I looked into it and it's like and 'aha!' moment. Well duh! Why doesn't everyone know this? Why aren't you making it more emphatic instead of just "avoid fish" in a casual way? It should be "Your cat has crystals, he can't have fish!" Not wishy-washy.. anyway.. back to the subject..
So knowing my vet now, that he tosses the important stuff off the cuff like that, I didn't look it up, I just started giving it to her. Her loving it was a blessing really!
Oh yeah, back to my cousin, who, by the way, is the momma to these adorable guys:
She decided to look it up, and of course since she had doggies, this is from a doggy thingie, but obviously it goes for kitties too, since my vet prescribed it for a kitty! Anyway, look at this info she found:
The advantages of giving your dog coconut oil are far-reaching:
Reduces risk of cancers
Improves digestion and addresses digestive disorders
Promotes normal thyroid function
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
Helps balance metabolism for a healthy weight
Supports healthy skin and coat
Applied topically coconut oil can:
Improve skin and coat condition
Speed wound healing
Clear up rashes
So it IS what's helping Star's arthritis! She is definitely staying on the stuff now!
That's right! *lick lick* You're not taking it away from me now! *lick lick lickity lick*
So without endorsing this brand of coconut oil at all, this is the one we're using:
This is solid, but apparently you can get liquid oil too. I'm betting it doesn't matter too much which variety you get. We got ours in the grocery store (Krogers) and it's the kind that has no coconut smell or taste. You can get other kinds in health food stores.
I think I've answered all the questions we've gotten about the stuff. At least I've said all I know! MOL
Hopefully this is the last coconut oil post we do. We don't want to make you all go running off screaming that I've turned this into a coconut oil blog!
We're still about the kitties here!
Tomorrow it'll be kitties, honest!