The Magical Cabbage Leaf


author Sara Thornton DVM     iCandy RagaMuffins

Since I am a veterinarian, I sometimes get inquiries from breeder friends about medical issues they may run into with their cats. I am happy to help when I can.

One of the problems breeders may run into is mastitis. It is a painful condition when engorged mammary glands get inflamed and/or infected.  In both cases, a simple cabbage leaf can help. For reasons currently unknown, a cabbage  leaf applied to a inflamed gland helps ease the pain, draws fluid out and in cases where there is an abscess, promote drainage

photos courtesy of Amy Gryga/Miller

Any time there is the possibility of  infection, a veterinarian should be consulted for antibiotic therapy.

When using a cabbage leaf, place a raw leaf directly on the affected area. A bandage may be applied to hold the leaf in place. Allow the wrap stay in place for 2-4 hours, then, remove it for around 4 hours. The kittens may nurse from the affected gland.