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Imbolc Faery Wine and lavender for cats?
« on: January 25, 2014, 02:06:04 am »
Greetings friends :)
Today I made Imbolc Faery Wine for the first time, it was absolutely lovely and is a new favourite tea for me ^__^ However I do have a question, is it alright for cats to ingest lavender buds? My familiar was asking for some from my tea but I didn't know if it was safe for him to eat.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2014, 03:25:43 am »
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Greetings friends :)
Today I made Imbolc Faery Wine for the first time, it was absolutely lovely and is a new favourite tea for me ^__^ However I do have a question, is it alright for cats to ingest lavender buds? My familiar was asking for some from my tea but I didn't know if it was safe for him to eat.

Advice is much appreciated :)
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I'd ask my vet.  I wouldn't want to risk my cats' lives on what a stranger on the internet tells me.  (I don't mean that to be snarky.)

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Re: Imbolc Faery Wine and lavender for cats?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2014, 07:11:56 am »
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I'd ask my vet.  I wouldn't want to risk my cats' lives on what a stranger on the internet tells me.  (I don't mean that to be snarky.)

What is Imbolc Faery Wine?

 
Yeah I just thought on the off chance if someone else knew or if there were any vets on here :) I prefer not to bother her if I don't need to.
Imbolc Faery Wine is brewed lavender buds mixed with milk and maple syrup and I sprinkle some lavender buds on top. My familiar had been sniffing at it while I was drinking it and tried to grab some of the buds when I was done haha.

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Re: Imbolc Faery Wine and lavender for cats?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2014, 08:14:58 am »
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Yeah I just thought on the off chance if someone else knew or if there were any vets on here :) I prefer not to bother her if I don't need to.
Imbolc Faery Wine is brewed lavender buds mixed with milk and maple syrup and I sprinkle some lavender buds on top. My familiar had been sniffing at it while I was drinking it and tried to grab some of the buds when I was done haha.

 
I'd be wary with the milk, at least -- I know adult cats don't need milk anymore and in fact may have problems ingesting it. When in doubt, don't risk your cat.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2014, 08:18:14 am »
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Imbolc Faery Wine is brewed lavender buds mixed with milk and maple syrup and I sprinkle some lavender buds on top. My familiar had been sniffing at it while I was drinking it and tried to grab some of the buds when I was done haha.

I'm not a vet, but I probably wouldn't let my cat have this. Some flowers are extremely toxic to cats. I've never heard of lavender poisoning, but either way there's really nothing in there your kitty needs. Neither cow's milk nor sugar are particularly good for cats.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 10:45:37 am »
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I'm not a vet, but I probably wouldn't let my cat have this. Some flowers are extremely toxic to cats. I've never heard of lavender poisoning, but either way there's really nothing in there your kitty needs. Neither cow's milk nor sugar are particularly good for cats.

Thank you for the advice :) I know cats are lactose intolerant and that he doesn't need the lavender bud, but he can be quite insistant on these things haha and so if I can give it to him with no harm I would like to, rather than constantly shooing him.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2014, 12:04:36 pm »
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Thank you for the advice :) I know cats are lactose intolerant and that he doesn't need the lavender bud, but he can be quite insistant on these things haha and so if I can give it to him with no harm I would like to, rather than constantly shooing him.

 
Maybe you could make him a cat-friendly version? You can get lactose-free "catmilk" at some pet stores (not the same as kitten formula, this is a treat for adult cats). Put some catnip in and he may find that much more intriguing than your lavender drink. :)
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Re: Imbolc Faery Wine and lavender for cats?
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2014, 01:04:15 pm »
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Thank you for the advice :) I know cats are lactose intolerant and that he doesn't need the lavender bud, but he can be quite insistant on these things haha and so if I can give it to him with no harm I would like to, rather than constantly shooing him.

 
Per a brief google search (I was curious myself- cats are always eating houseplants and or anything green) it seems that vets would say a cat would need to eat a LOT of lavender to approach anything like toxicity. I don't see any harm in letting the cat taste your tea. Just depends on HOW lactose intolerant the cat is... Then your nose might be offended a few minutes later. And your friend may get a sore stomach.

My cats were rarely disturbed by a few licks of plain yogurt (oh the begging for the "empty" yogurt bowl)- I would know, I cleaned the litterbox! I'd guess, as in people, the sensitivity varies.

Your recipe for the tea sounds lovely. Where did you find it?

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2014, 04:53:57 pm »
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Greetings friends :)
Today I made Imbolc Faery Wine for the first time, it was absolutely lovely and is a new favourite tea for me ^__^ However I do have a question, is it alright for cats to ingest lavender buds? My familiar was asking for some from my tea but I didn't know if it was safe for him to eat.

Advice is much appreciated :)
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I'm puzzled as to what makes your pet a familiar, as traditionally familiars were non-corporeal beings.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2014, 05:05:49 pm »
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Per a brief google search (I was curious myself- cats are always eating houseplants and or anything green) it seems that vets would say a cat would need to eat a LOT of lavender to approach anything like toxicity. I don't see any harm in letting the cat taste your tea. Just depends on HOW lactose intolerant the cat is... Then your nose might be offended a few minutes later. And your friend may get a sore stomach.

My cats were rarely disturbed by a few licks of plain yogurt (oh the begging for the "empty" yogurt bowl)- I would know, I cleaned the litterbox! I'd guess, as in people, the sensitivity varies.

Your recipe for the tea sounds lovely. Where did you find it?

Ah Thank you very much! And I found the recipe at http://hearth-magic.tumblr.com

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I'm puzzled as to what makes your pet a familiar, as traditionally familiars were non-corporeal beings.

Depending on what faith and traditions you follow a familiar may be a non-corporeal being or a physical being, not everyone follows the same tradition. He is my familiar as we have a deep physical bond and whenever I'm doing work he lends me his energy.

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2014, 05:12:19 pm »
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Maybe you could make him a cat-friendly version? You can get lactose-free "catmilk" at some pet stores (not the same as kitten formula, this is a treat for adult cats). Put some catnip in and he may find that much more intriguing than your lavender drink. :)

Ooh nice idea! Thank you :)

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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2014, 06:47:16 pm »
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Depending on what faith and traditions you follow a familiar may be a non-corporeal being or a physical being, not everyone follows the same tradition. He is my familiar as we have a deep physical bond and whenever I'm doing work he lends me his energy.

The idea of a magical companion animal isn't really the same thing. "Familiar" is a short form of the term "familiar spirit," which has been documented as far back as medieval times.
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 08:18:07 pm »
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The idea of a magical companion animal isn't really the same thing. "Familiar" is a short form of the term "familiar spirit," which has been documented as far back as medieval times.

My apologies I'd been led to believe a familiar could be a physical being.

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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 01:14:01 pm »
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Thank you for the advice :) I know cats are lactose intolerant and that he doesn't need the lavender bud, but he can be quite insistant on these things haha and so if I can give it to him with no harm I would like to, rather than constantly shooing him.

 
FWIW, I'd rather be constantly shooing than feeding my cat something that could make him sick, even if I'd asked ahead of time and knew he'd need to a large quantity of it. Plenty of pets we keep don't know when "enough is enough", and can keep eating things even after they have just a bite. They can also eat things that can make them sick, because they just don't know (or, they don't recognize the scent of something dangerous).

Then again, I live with a cat who has a disability so he's unable to jump onto the table to keep trying to get at what I'm eating, so I generally don't run into this issue too often. :)
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