Rosemary Extract Warning

Rosemary Extract is toxic to cats and dog…I just found out that Jenno ground turkey is adding this to their meats now! I had to dump all three recipes I was making. Thank heavens I saw it in the ingredient list on the package before I finished the mix.

Look for it in salmon oils for animals too!

Yucca Schidigera Extract: purported to decrease the odor in feces, Yucca is on many lists of plants toxic to both dogs and cats. Rosemary Extract: cheap preservative known to cause seizures in cats and small dogs and not proven safe, either in the US or in Europe.



  1. Lynn Neuberg says:

    Hi fellow cat friends, Our family started feeding our five kitties raw turkey diet three years ago. We do use Jennie O Ground Turkey (the regular version not the lean) and we haven’t had any health issues or symptoms pointing to problems with the Rosemary Extract?
    This is surprising to read, so not sure if this is accurate or not.
    We do not have a grinder and would rather buy our turkey already ground, so what brands would be a consideration if this truly is an issue?
    Our five cats don’t like ground chicken, so we stay with turkey..

    • felice says:

      Our holistic vet also said rosemary is toxic. Cats are not like other animals; even their liver is easily damaged by thing that aren’t to a dog because they cannot eliminate toxins from their liver like humans and other animals. I would get some blood work done on your cats to see how their liver and other organs are doing yearly or sooner if you are feeding turkey as a staple diet just to be sure they are not at the start of any health issue. Cats are noted for hiding symptom before it’s too late.

      What you need to know about the feline liver.

      The Feline Liver Has Low Tolerance To Toxins:
      Many substances are especially toxic to cats because the liver has a low capacity to metabolize them. To repeat what Dr. Patrick Reeves stated, “Cats have a very low tolerance to toxins. If you give a Tylenol to a cat they are dead in 30 minutes. Not so for a dog.” As John K. Dunn states in his Textbook of Small Animal Medicine, “toxic side effects develop more easily in cats in cases of overdoses of toxins from plastic and other toxins, or reduced liver function.”