冬瓜，立夏食材｜Natural Supplement for cats in Li Xia Period
Natural Supplement for cats in Li Xia Period
Dong-gua, the Chinese wax gourd or ash gourd, has a sweet palate and cooling energy in Chinese Traditional Medicine. It is good for your spleen energy and help drain excess dampness from your body. It promotes water metabolism and reduces edema. It can also help regulate heat in the body, so it's a great supplement food for you and your cat during the summer heat.
It is low in sodium yet full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It also has great water and fibre content thus making it a great aid for cats with CKD, hairball and constipation problems.
Peel and de-seed a slice of wax gourd and cut into 3 cm cubes.
Put gourd into a pot with enough water to cover the gourd. Your homemade bone broth for your pet is also a good replacement for water if you wish for a richer taste.
Because of the cold property of the gourd, you can add a small slice of ginger to counteract if you wish.
Bring water to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes, and turn off the heat. Let sit for another 15 minutes; or simmer till the gourd can be mashed with a fork.
The gourd is now ready for any human or cat. For storage, seal and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for a month.
Wax gourd is rather bland taste wise, you can mash it and mix with cans, treats, or raw to encourage your cat.
Give it as a treat, no more than three times per week, and one cube at a time; stop if you find watery stool.
If you find your cat seems cold all the time, and often has unstable stool, he/she can be a cold constitution type, should avoid giving them cold type of food.
Chinese medicinal diet is for supplemental use only, if your cat has medical need, seek help from your vet.