The Cat-gardening Chronicles (14)



The tale of 2 cats, fleas and Brewer’s Yeast!


The garden can sometimes become a friendly cookery lesson. If you grow ginger in your garden or have bought some, you can make this unfermented Ginger Ale!


4 ounces ginger root

4 lemons

2 quarts boiling water

2 cups lemon juice

sugar and water to taste

mint leaves, optional


Finely chop the ginger and lemons. Pour boiling water over and steep 5 minutes. Strain out and discard the solids. Chill the liquid. Add lemon juice and sugar to taste. Dilute with water if necessary. Serve over ice with mint leaves. Makes 2 quarts. (From: simple pleasures of the garden).


While ginger ale is for humans, for your cats you can make this flea-eliminator floor cleaner! You will need:


  1. one tablespoon of liquid dish soap.
  2. 4 lemons (sliced thin)
  3. drops of pennyroyal from health food store
  4. one gallon very hot water.

Place the sliced lemons in a medium saucepan, cover with cold tap water and allow them to simmer on low heat for one hour. Remove the juice from the lemons and strain well. Place the juice into a bucket and add the soap, pennyroyal and water. Mix the solution very well before applying with a damp sponge mop. Allow the floor to dry before rinsing with a clean damp sponge mop.



Vitamin B supplement for your pet will also help to keep fleas away. (from: The Buggy Professor’s Club the Bugs & Scare the Critters. Dr. Myles H. Bader.


For humans fresh lemon juice used to make herbal tea with honey is a good remedy for sore throats and coughs and colds. Lemon juice being almost as high in vitamin C as orange juice, also helps to cure congestion and cut through mucus to help you breathe easier when you suffer from cold or cough.


Lemons also help to reduce the need for salt when added to foods. A wedge of lemon squeezed over ant attacks, helps to make them vanish!


The story about two cats, fleas and brewer’s yeast!


This true story is about two cats scratching away madly due to fleas. Both were given Brewer’s Yeast, six tablets. One ate them up and soon stopped scratching because its fleas had departed. The other did not eat them and kept scratching! He was somehow coaxed into having his yeast and finally became free of fleas! From: Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies. By Mark Bricklin. Executive Editor, Prevention Magazine.










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