3 Reasons to Use Cordyceps for Cats

Cordyceps for cats have many health benefits, including for their kidneys, diabetes, and lungs. No matter what age your kitty is, cordyceps can help keep them healthy and feeling great!

Have you heard about the health benefits of Cordyceps for cats? The Cordyceps mushroom is related to two of the tastiest edible mushrooms: Truffles and Morels. This is important because palatability rules when it comes to giving cats healthy supplements. You know how picky our feline friends can be! Beyond that, cordyceps also have many functional benefits for young and old cats. Let’s look at three things this amazing mushroom can do for your four-legged friend!

1. Cordyceps Can Support the Kidneys

Cats are prone to kidney disease, with roughly one-third of older cats developing it. Some will get this often-fatal condition early in life, but most cats get it in their senior years. In multiple studies involving non-feline species, Cordyceps have been found to support kidney function and to protect the kidneys from toxins like certain antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs.1

In fact, there is such good evidence for Cordyceps supporting kidney health that I suggest you start your cat on supplements immediately. Whether your cat is young and healthy, getting older, or struggling with health issues, there’s strong evidence that supports the benefits of cordyceps for cats.

2. Cordyceps for Cats with Diabetes

Another great property of Cordyceps is they can help with healthy glucose regulation. Cats can develop type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with eating high-carbohydrate (dry) food. This mushroom works in two ways to help a diabetic cat. For starters, it can promote healthy blood glucose levels thanks to its special polysaccharides. Moreover, it can also normalize the body’s production of insulin, which can support healthy blood sugar levels in your cat.

3. How Cordyceps for Cats Can Help with the Lungs

A third property of Cordyceps (among many others too numerous to detail in this brief blog) is its health-promoting effect on the lungs. Some cats can develop bronchial asthma. Asthma is due, in part, to inflammation of the bronchi. Cordyceps for cats support healthy pulmonary function, which promotes healthy respiration.3 What’s more, although feline bronchial asthma is not associated with cardiovascular problems, Cordyceps may also have health benefits for the heart.4

Cordyceps mushroom extracts are highly concentrated, so there’s no need to give your cat a big dose. Most cats will do well with just 1/8 teaspoon of the Real Mushrooms Cordyceps extract blended into their food once or twice daily.

Visit Real Mushrooms to learn more about the Cordyceps extract and to see the other great products they have for cats and dogs!


1Zhang HW, Lin ZX, Tung YS, Kwan TH, Mok CK, Leung C, Chan LS. Cordyceps sinensis (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008353. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008353.pub2

2Ng, T.B., Wang, H.X. Pharmacological actions of Cordyceps, a prized folk medicine. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2005) 57:1509-1519.

3Wang, N., Huang, X., Chen, W., Chen, Y. Herbal Medicine Cordyceps sinensis Improves health-Related Quality of Life in Moderate-to-Severe Asthma. (2016) Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Vol 2016 Article ID: 6134593.

4Tuli, H.S.., Sandhu, S.S. and Sharma, A.K. Pharmacological and therapeutic potential of Cordyceps with special reference to Cordycepin. (2014) 3 Biotech4:1-12; doi:10.1007/s13205-013-0121-9.

Dr. Robert J. Silver is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has pioneered the use of diet, herbs and nutraceuticals in his small animal integrative practice in Boulder, Colorado for the past 25 years. He writes and speaks both domestically and internationally to veterinary audiences on the value of blending holistic modalities with conventional medicine, and is a consultant to the pet food industry. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Real Mushrooms for Pets.


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