Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Activated Charcoal
- Administering Liquid Remedies
- Aging Cats
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections
- Avoid Certain Foods
- Back Leg Issues
- Betadine and Cruex
- Bladder Crystals
- Bladder Issues
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Boric Acid
- Calici Virus
- Cat Peeing in House
- Chlorophyll, Milk, Water
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Digestive Enzymes, Salmon Oil
- Echinacea, Vitamin C
- Emergency Remedy
- Feline Conjunctivitis
- Feline Herpes
- Feline Herpes Remedies
- Feline Infectious Anemia
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis
- Feline Neuropathy
- Feline Tooth Resorption
- Flea Dips
- Flea Remedy for Kittens
- Food Allergies
- General Feedback
- Herpes Remedy Needed for Cat
- Hyperthyroid Remedies for Cats
- Kitten Issues
- L-Lysine for Feline Herpes Outbreaks
- Meow Remedies
- Multiple Ailments
- Nail Infection
- Pau D'arco for UTI
- Plasma Cell Pododermatitis Remedies
- Plasmacytic Pododermatitis
- Remedies Needed
- Respiratory Infection
- Severe Respiratory Remedies
- Sinusitis Remedies
- Stray Cats
- Tea Tree Oil Warning
- Teeth Issues
- Weight Issues
Last Modified on Jan 06, 2014
Cats are generally thought of as rather low-maintenance pets, able to take care of themselves for the most part--and generally preferring it that way! However, even the healthiest cats are threatened by a variety of potential ill-health conditions, particularly later in life.
Cystitis, cat acne, fleas, ticks, FIV, bald spots, mites, and ear issues are just the start of a long list of common conditions that might afflict your pet.
Fortunately, Earth Clinic is happy to provide a wide-ranging discussion of home remedies for various cat disorders. You may also want to look at:
Cystitis in Cats
Cat Mange Remedies
Cat Acne and Skin Conditions
Ear Problems in Cats
Apple Cider Vinegar for Cats
Natural Pet Cures for Your Cat:
As with their human owners, apple cider vinegar is often a popular remedy for cat ailments of several kinds. Cats will often take a small dose added to their food or water (try one if your cat rejects the other).
[YEA] 01/02/2012: Dalsan from Aloha, Or Usa: "I wanted to pass on something mentioned on Curezone that can help those using Ted's mange cure on cats or pets that lick themselves repeatedly.
My cat has a sacroptic mange re-infection and I'm again treating her with Ted's cure.
The very first time I bathed Kat with the borax/ peroxide mix I kept her in my warmed up bathroom and sat with her until she was almost dry. I didn't have a collar to keep her from licking, so I tried to keep her distracted. She still licked enough off to end up vomiting. The thought of doing this again several times made me heartsick.
I was reading up Curezone.com sometime later when someone mentioned Activated Charcoal. It's what they use in hospitals to adsorb (not absorb) poisons that have been ingested. It's saved many a life- yet is very inexpensive and available over the counter at most health food stores.
Most households that have kids- have AC in their medicine cabinet- just in case. I even had some on hand - but had long forgotten about it.
Anyway, just before the next bath I mixed a 1/2 tsp. of the AC powder into 1/2 oz of water and put some into a 1. 0mm syringe then squirted the syringe-full into Kat's mouth. Her eyes got big- she expected it to taste bad like her other meds I guess- but there's no taste to it and she didn't mind it at all.
The second bath was a bit more of a struggle- she Hates baths- but this time she didn't get sick, nor the 3rd one either.
Now the family uses it regularly again for an upset stomach and/or occasional diarrhea and I'm going to use it as part of a colon cleanse. It works fast and is virtually non-toxic.
Unfortunately, most stores only sell Activated Charcoal in capsules now. But in a pinch you can open one or two and get the powder that way (I couldn't get the tiniest capsule down my Kat on a bet. LOL)
We prefer to keep the powder on hand- it's way cheaper in the long run- and there are so many other ways to use it. The cheapest site I've found sells a 10oz can for under $12 shipped that will last us for several months.
Hope those with mange cats will give the AC a try."Replies
04/24/2013: Willa from Liberty Hill, Tx replies: "Can anyone tell me how long I should give the ACV to a male cat that was blocked?"
Administering Liquid Remedies
[YEA] 07/19/2009: Tickertin from Richmond, VA: "How to Easily Dose your Cat: I tried the ACV and read with smiles the struggles to get the cats to drink. I have had cats for over thirty years and here is an easy method. I THOROUGHLY washed a small clear tube in which water soluable hair product had come in. (you can use conditioner or shampoo, clear is best and nothing oily to be SURE you can clean it out). Mine is a small one ounce squeeze tube that a sample of hair gel came in. Squeeze the sides in and draw into the tube the dose of ACV (mine was 1/2 tsp. fill rest with water. Lay cat on back in your lap and place tube to side and back of mouth and squeeze gently. They swallow by reflex if you don't put too much it all goes down. Squeeze too hard and they can cough it back out (but some still goes in). Clear tube is important so you can measure how much you are giving them so as not to over/under dose. My vet told me this years ago, cats have to swallow when you hold them this way and put the liquid in this way, and I have done it for years."Replies
01/12/2013: Catmom from Naples, Fl replies: "PLEASE do not lay the cat on his back to feed anything. They need to be facing down like when they are eating. The food or liquid may go down the wrong pipe into his lungs and make the cat very sick and will be very painful, particularly with vinegar."
10/16/2013: Patti from Mountain View Nj replies: "I've had cats my whole life, some very friendly and affectionate and some, well, very cat like. I was laughing at the thought of putting any one of them on their back! Psh! Like that'll happen. Even if I could, it just sounds too dangerous to my babies. I wonder if putting some on the front paws like I do with hair ball remedy, would help. If it works I'll let you know. :)"
[YEA] 01/17/2009: Terry from Stoneham, Ma: "I use a syringe to administer liquids or anything else I can get into it.I put it in the side of his mouth (open mouth)may not be to easy but wrap him in a towel if you have to.Make sure his claws can't get out of the neck part or he will get you! I talk calmly to ease him. Get what ever it is your putting in as fast as you can.You can buy one at the drug store,look in the baby section or the animal stores.Don't feel bad just because he doesn't like it and fights you. It's the best thing for him or her. I got a 3 ml (milameter) one. Maybe there are bigger ones. If I need to give him more than I just have to do it twice. Good Luck"
08/09/2011: Suzan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "I have a female (fixed) cat. She is 17 years old. She is an indoor cat and was really healthy all her life but now she pees and poops right were she lies. Is this normal for an old cat. My friends say I will need to put her down soon because all she does is sleep. What do you think I love my cat"Replies
08/11/2011: Glad from Lakehills, Tx replies: "Hi, Suzan. Hug your cat, tell him you love him. Keep him as comfortable as possible and if he appears to be suffering, do the right thing and take him to the vet for a final hug until he sleeps in peace. His behavior is absolutely normal for an old cat. You will also notice that he gets very thin even though he is eating well. In the last part of your cat's life, his kidneys will begin to fail him. His other organs will follow suit. Keep him warm. He has very little fat on his body. Are his teeth OK? Many older cats find it hard to eat hard food. That having been said, don't make any sudden changes to his diet. Your vet may add a high-fat soft food to it, though. They sell a very good one for sick and old cats. Good luck to you, Suzan. My best friend, Max lived to be 17. He was a blue point siamese. He used to walk on a leash through the crowds at DFW airport. He was amazing! He's been gone for 4 years now and I still miss him so much. Cherish your cat while you still have him."
10/31/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Maximom; I have a kitten she had the same problems, I am almost positive she has upper respiratory infection because of one eye running constantly & red/itchy she is always coughing & what I suspect may be seizures, also she continued to throw up after eating, I started my kitten on ACV right away & what a blessing, she has totally stopped all her ills, she is now so very playful an the pain that all kittens are (just joking)she has grown up into a two year old beautiful fluffy kitten. She is still healthy & shows signs of getting even better. I understand that upper respiratory infections are incurable but at least I can make her as comfortable as possible, good luck!"
09/07/2013: Colleen from Co replies: "Regarding upper respiratory in cats is considered feline herpes and lysine is a remedy for it and it does work. ( I have fostered many cats and believe me it works) Colleen"
Apple Cider Vinegar
01/05/2014: Anon from Anon: "My cat gets reverse osmosis filtered water, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to give him some baking soda in the water. A tiny bit. The next day his breath smelled bad. So I quit the baking soda and rubbed apple cider vinegar into his fur and next day his breath was better. He's got goop in his eye corners and nose and an ear infection, black stuff comes out of his ear when he shakes his head. I change his water about every other day, maybe every day is better. He's on grain free food for several months now. I'm going to try hydrogen peroxide for his ears."Replies
01/06/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Anon!
The bad breath you detected was due to your cat detoxing - a good thing! You can try adding the baking soda again to alkalize your cat or add raw, unpasturized, unfiltered -'with the mother' Apple Cider Vinegar - 2-3 tablespoons to a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, and yes, change daily and put fresh down each time. Also consider adding probiotics/acidophillus to your cat's food to help combat yeast overgrowth associated with a PH out of kilter.
You can help your cat feel better by cleaning his gunky ears; try 1 cup of olive oil and add to that a couple of smashed or pressed cloves of garlic. Let it steep over night and then strain out the garlic. Warm it up nice and toasty before using it in your cat's ears. Use it liberally. After 3-4 days try cleaning his ears of the gunk. Keep on using the oil until the ears are clean."
07/26/2011: Maximom from Vancouver Island, Canada: "Hello fellow pet lovers at Earth Clinic; I have a beautiful 8 month old Russian Blue X kitten named Maxi who has recently begun having coughing fits that wake him from his sleep in the middle of the night. He got so dehydrated a few days ago that he needed subcutaneuous fluid to survive! I took him to the vet to the tune of nearly $1000.00 and even with a radiogram, xray, CBC, urinalysis and fecal test, the vet was unable to pinpoint his exact ailment! So Maxi's now on Cefa-drops (antibiotic) for his bronchitis as well as fenbendazole for possible lungworm infestation. My family and I are beside ourselves with worry over Maxi's condition! (my teenage son even pitched in money to pay the vet bill! ). But Maxi will only eat (the best$$ wet food we can get) if we encourage/pet him and he won't drink water at all. He's slowed down so much for an 8 mo kitten and is sleeping a lot the last few days too. We thought he was recovering yesterday when he was really hungry, but today is back to being tired and not eating - he had another coughing bout yesterday morn too - so sad :~( My vet wants to run more tests - we love our baby, but WOW is it expensive! And we're not sure these meds are working! I hope I found the sight with the cure here! Has anyone seen a cat recover from this type of malady by using ACV? What would be the right dose and method of delivery for a cat with the above symptoms? If anyone at all coud help us, we would be so very grateful! Love nor money alone isn't working to heal our baby! We need to try something else! Thanks so much for any help received - Maxi's Mom"Replies
09/18/2011: Leah from Costa Mesa, Ca. replies: "Lactoferrin- It's a good brand. What lactoferrin is... It's from the very first milk of the momma cow. It is a very strong immune booster. My baby cat almost died three times for horrid upper respritory issues. Did I spell that wrong? probably! Anyways, give her a mashed up tablet twice a day for three days and then once a day for a week and see how and if she improves. Mash it to powder with the bottom of a spoon and to one teaspoon of wet food add this and a tablespoon of bottled water. I never use tap! Only a teaspoon of the wet food because you want to be sure she eats all of it. More food might make the chance of it all not being ingested. It is safe too. for people and animals."
09/19/2011: Nia from New York, Ny replies: "One good thing you can do for sure is stop giving him commercial food: vet prescribed, top brand, whatever = junk; this stuff will speed his deterioration. Give him food that cats ate when they lived healthier, longer lives, like before there was a pet food industry. I learned this lesson with my cat who also had some issues that various, expensive vets with all of their tests and prescriptions could not figure out and after thousands of dollars returning only a sickly, miserable cat - I had to figure something out. I started out giving him stewed, chopped up chicken liver from the grocery store's butcher dept. And then transitioning into a variety of meats other than beef and whitefish. My cat has no problems eating now and is much healthier. These days, sometimes I add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to his meals and this aids in his digestion. Commercial food is the reason most of our pets get sick. I also have Whiskers Holistic Pet Supply (Phil and Joseph) in NYC to thank for much good advice on my cat's health. Good luck to you:)"
10/01/2011: Nike from Goteborg, Sweden replies: "Hi Maximom, hope your baby is all better now! I had similar issues with my russian blue, Figaro, he refused to drink water. I even tried with bottled water... However, he loved to drink cream or half-and half. You could try that next time when Maxi needs liquids ASAP."
02/06/2012: Col from Denver, Co replies: "Well, once they give a cat all those drugs - they also have to get better from them so chances are you paid good money for your cat to become more sick -
I raised a family of cats (foster care) and they all had very bad eye infection so I went to a cat eye specialist and he said Lysine - (which is an amino acid) is helpful for any respiratory issues - and it did help - so much more than any drugs did - (only one of the cats still has runny eyes)
I have not tried the Apple Cider Vinegar - but I may - and the dose would have to be a very small amount (smaller than the recommended that I have seen here) -
Also homeopathic works well with cats - Karen Becker on FB is a wholistic vet who will give you info if you ask on her FB page. (mercola.com)"
08/07/2012: Catsfurever from Somerville, De replies: "Responding to: 10/01/2011: Nike from Goteborg, Sweden replies: "...However, he loved to drink cream or half-and half. You could try that next time when Maxi needs liquids ASAP."
PLEASE do not EVER give a cat cream or half and half OR MILK- especially when they need liquids. MOST cats are lactose intolerant and will develop severe stomach cramping and often diarreah from it. This will make the cat more dehydrated, which can be lethal and is a horrible way to go for any creature."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections
[YEA] 08/24/2006: Jennifer from South Africa: "My tomcat was in a fight and got his ear badly scratched. It started smelling really bad as the puss formed, and the whole scratch was filled with yellow puss. He was in a lot of pain. So to clean the ear i put very warm water in a small bowl and added quite a bit of apple cider vinegar. Then i dunked tissue paper into the water & apple cider mix and squeezed it out into his ear (i had to get another dry tissue to hold into his ear-drum so the water wouldn't run further into his ear and upset him). It cleaned it out very quickly, after a few hours the crust had gone and the puss was dispelling. I repeated this in the morning, and he actually seemed to enjoy the warmth of the water on his painful ear, so he never even flinched when i came close with the apple-cider water. it's worked for him ! It's easy on the skin, not harsh like other medication / antibiotics would be."
Avoid Certain Foods
05/13/2012: R. Astby from Melbourne, Vic. Australia: "Regarding Avocado. I'm sure I stupidly killed my beautiful cat with leftover avacodo that was going a bit brown. Immediately lethargic & sat on cushion for a couple of weeks until too late. Gagged at first, then labored breathing became more evident each day. At near closing time, Vet said inhumane & euthanased. It was a mystery at first, I thought possibly heartworm as same symptoms. But then I remembered giving the avocado & that's when it started. Labored breathing is symptom of avocado to Cats I've read. I think it may be the Alpha-Lipoic Acid which causes liver damage also. So leave the unknown human foods out of your animals diet."
Back Leg Issues
04/09/2011: Caroline from Bournemouth, Uk: "Hi there I have a neutered male cat (11 years old) and almost overnight he has become very cautious jumping up/over anything or using his back legs, I have taken him to the vets and they have given him antibiotics for a possible urine infection and a suppository for possible constipation. However 3 days later and he appears to be just as cautious using his back legs - I am just concerned this could be a spinal injury/tumour/arthritis - do you have any suggestions or advice how long I should leave it, I want to do the best thing for him and am happy to pay but want to avoid unnecessary stress to him"Replies
09/19/2011: Nia from New York, Ny replies: "It's always good to get a second opinion from a reliable reference from another pet owner."
01/26/2012: Ds from Houston, Tx replies: "We have an 18yr neutered male, who had a diabetic problem, now resolved with non-wheat, corn, gluten, sugar, starchy, dry food. Fancy Feast has a few of their classic flavors that do not contain wheat gluten (have to check the label each time though). Anyway the high blood sugar caused neuropathy, which started off intermittently and gradually worsened, now he walks on his hocks completely, not like the usual high-heeled cats. This is the same results humans have. I figured out all of this via yourdiabeticcat.com - not through my vet and unfortunately, not until the biggest damage had been done. Like humans, cats with 150 glucose readings are considered abnormal and need treating if they have a diabetic history. If occassional, they keep an eye on it. Our vet didn't treat our cat or even mention it until he had gone for 6 months of readings over 200 . Unfortunately, I had no knowledge/experience of diabetes and trusted the vet. It was almost a year later until I took matters into my own hands, put him on the closest cat insulin PZI (no the dog insulin they normally give). Took him off the DM vet prescription of dry (expensive) food, and within 2 weeks got his glucose under 150, stopped insulin and never looked back.
But the back legs became weaker, which is also a common problem, so I've heard/read with many older cats, as their muscle mass deteriorates all over - but in our case diabetes contributed, and we had no signs of high glucose until our told us and he became quite ill because of it. I read and tried methyl b12 vitamins help in neuropathy, but you need to get a pure organic tablet, crush it and put it in their food. We had trouble because of the synthetic sweetener they used for the gel capsule some of which is poisonous to cats. (i forgot the name) - I research everything from several places before trying anything new, cat specific websites are better, as they are a little more special!!!"
Betadine and Cruex
[YEA] 07/15/2006: Bliss : "Try Betadine or other iodine solution and Cruex on ringworm. Worked very well when my cats had it, and then I caught it."
02/04/2011: Abra from Powell, Tn: "I've read that cranberry extract is good treatment for bladder crystals/infections in cats and also as a preventative. I found one article that suggested 2 tablets a day for 5 days. As far as maintenance is concerned, I'm wondering if one a day or one a week would be sufficient?"Replies
06/24/2011: Fiona from London, England replies: "Hi, I've read from so many sources that dried cat biscuits (kibble) is a big/main factor in the cause of crystals. Please research and see for yourself. I am trying to get my cats onto a raw diet, though one of them does not want to eat much except for biscuits and fish (mainly biscuits... He's mad for them and prefers them to chicken, beef, prawns, salmon and white fish... seriously) Guess which one get UTI's from time to time."
[YEA] 09/14/2011: Superman from Hamilton, Ontario replies: "Cranberry juice for crystals. I had a 3 yr old cat that developed crystals, and started urinating blood, and won't often have difficulty urinating. I gave him Cranberry Juice for 3 days, problem went away, and didn't come back."
[YEA] 07/19/2009: Leigh from Melbourne, Victoria Australia: "My 3 yo male cat had surgery 5 days ago for a blocked bladder. He had also had 'crystals' when he was a kitten, even before he was neutered he managed to sort himself out back then with the help (or not) of some injections, tablets and a few consults.
This time was different he was in distress i rushed him to the vet on Thursday morning, they kept him there they said they sedated,unblocked him and had him on an IV drip but wanted to keep him for two nights. I paid visitsbut he became VERY distressed in there. Friday night, he looked near dead. I made them take out the IV drip and let me bring him home as there was no body at all in the surgery overnight.
He was happy to be home but by Saturday night i knew that he was blocking up again. I started to cry thinking of his options. I was physically ill. I didnt want to put him through any more surgery, nor did i want him to have to have his p---s removed. It seemed kinder to put him to sleep.
I found this site at 3 a.m Sunday morning. I got some ACV into around noon .. 50 parts ACV 50 parts water and started dripping drops onto his paw with a dropper.. the results were almost instant. He took off under the bed (not happy with me) but seemed to be sleeping soundly.
A couple of hours later he woke and went to his litter tray .. i was encouraged as this was more urine than he HAD been passing ..he kept making frequent trips to his litter trays (as they to with UTI) .. each time passing more and more urine .. i couldnt believe it!!!!!!!! I also made a capful to a cup of water and dropped a dropper full down his throat before i went to bed. He was already a different cat, almost back to his old self and this was only six or seven hours after his first doses of ACV!!
This morning i saw his sister trying to bury something on the laundry floor i thought it was a little worm/bug thing, it had two bits of kittylitter stuck to it. I picked it up it was actually a peice of conjealed* blood! It looked exactly like it has come out of his little p---s !! Did the vinegar help him to pass this!!? There were also larger and larger clumps of litter in the trays. I was so happy ..then! i saw him go in the tray himself ..the relief was written all over his face ..he did this huge wee!!
He has only been on raw beef/lamb/chicken since the surgery as he loves to eat this and won't eat the s/d science diet they sold me. he likes to drink water so im lucky .. im cutting out dry food as i think this is what caused it ..there was always some down for them to eat.
24 hours ago this was a different cat .. i thank the acv and testimonials from this site they've saved my little cats life! He is almost his old happy self ..im sure of it!
Not sure whether to keep him on the antibiotics the vet prescribed or not though. I was meant to give him 3 yesterday and only gave him one. I'm worried about them mucking up his ph levels and possibly constipating him. And i don't altogether trust the vet."Replies
05/02/2011: Jill from Aguas, Mexico replies: "Leigh from Australia... I am wondering how your cat has done for the last year and a half? I hope you will see this post and answer me. My cat is having similar problems but didn't respond so well to the ACV as your cat. But I was afraid his urinary tract might be too alkaline already and that would just make it worse. I have him on special food, but he's still peeing so little each time. His spirits are pretty good, though sometimes I think he might be in pain or at least distressed from the peeing problem. Any thoughts? Thanks for your help!"
06/29/2011: Angie from Equality, Al replies: "please keep up the apple cider vinegar (organic raw with the mother) diluted half and half with water. it really does help the uti and 1 T spoon to a gal. of water for their drinking water would be a good maintanance dose and has many other benifits also. my cat actually likes Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with plain yogurt as a treat. just don't ever force them to drink it undiluted as this burns the mouth and throat. Best wishes to your cat. also their is a homeopathic remedy that works great called 'uti free'"
Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
03/30/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma. Usa: "Well I can truly say I had a tiger by the tail. My kitten was a stray and a mess, I didn't know what she had, I just figured she was itchy until I found this god send of a site that showed me what mange really is. I first tried Apple Cider Vinegar with some results, but then I found this using borax and peroxide message an decided to try it, I was not accurate on the amount of time but I tried approx. an hour & a half, I also tried mayo. Prior to the borax & peroxide then I tried to give her a bath, it seems as though I got most of the water then she did, after her bath I put vit. E on her, she was fighting and kicking for dear life with all fours straight up, thankfully she did not scratch me, also I used surgical gloves. She is now sitting close by me washing her self off, so I decided to check her fur for any signs of mites, and of course there are still red spots rather then red with black dots almost as before, I really don't know if this process needs more work as she is losing trust in me and it's a huge fight for her. I use a steamer humidifier for her as she is congested, I even have to wipe her snotty nose like a little baby because it was stuffed up. All I can do now is pray it did help immediately or try it again later, but I do need to give her a bit of a rest in between as her system is weak. She is looking at me with those big eyes of her as if to say AND I trusted you. (chuckles) More later on in the week when she is doing a litle better. Thank you every one for your input.... And much thanks to Ted that made all this possible."Replies
[YEA] 05/16/2011: Diana from Boston, Massachusetts, United States replies: "This reply is to Diamond from Salisbury, Ma...
It sounds as if your cat is having problems with infestation. Fleas? Ticks? Mites or lice?
Have you tried food grade diatomaceous earth as a treatment? Look into it. You put in on their fur and in their food. It kills the mites, lice, fleas and ticks on the body. Its all natural. Make sure you get the food grade Diatomaceous earth. You can add a little dusting of it to their wet food as well. If you reasearch it you will see that it is a natural form of getting rid of these problems on pets, in the house, on your carpets and on your garden. Buy only the food grade. Constant flea infestation and the irratation it brings can cause your cat to have trouble breathing, stuffy nose, runny nose.. As well as mange. (loosing hair on their body. ) I just bought some myself after all my reasearch on it as an alterative to collars and other things they sell that are dangerous to pets to control any infestations. I am convinced it will help with many of their problems. I hope it works for you!"
02/07/2012: Col from Denver, Co replies: "Thanks Diane, I have heard of the diatomaceous earth and did not realize that they made a food grade also- where to look for it? - saw the regular in a green house once."
06/29/2013: Larrycatsmom from Ballina, Ireland replies: "DO NOT use diatomaceous earth meant for water filters! It has been heat treated and can kill animals if ingested. Food grade - animal or human is great, I've even used 'pest grade' for a short while - as long as it is NOT heat treated and IS safe to add to grain/foodstuffs - ask the manufacturer. Having said that, I love the stuff! I've used it on cats, dogs, horses, birds, and people; internally and externally. Rub it into the carpet and leave it along walls to kill fleas, ants, roaches... Most any insects. It doesn't work immediately, give it a few days - it'll kill almost any worms or insects The only danger to animals is that it is very drying so be careful not to make too much dust with it as it can irritate eyes and lungs.
I also use it in the garden but carefully as it will kill beneficial insects like bees, so just don't put it near the flowers where bees may go. It won't harm worms in the soil and will actually help enrich the soil when it washes off in the rain. That's the biggest problem using it in the garden!"
07/08/2011: Crickett from 29palms, California: "Just a quick lesson in the difference in a poison and over indulgence. The roach dies when it eats, EATS Boric acid mixed with sugar. It gets a fatal dose of changed digestive PH. Boric acid is not poisonous to roaches, it eats it from the inside due to overinjestion, it is like a human drinking a gallon of hot sauce. A little is great on food, but go to far, make it too hot and you are going to get a stomach ache, drink a gallon and you will end up like the roach. So a note to people using Boric acid on pets, Check the Ph of the solution you are going to use to see if it is compatible with your pets PH, if you do not know what I am talking about or do not have the means to do so, that is a clue that you are not qualified to use this method safely, so don't! Same goes for Vinegar, remember it is an acid too, and there are differing acidic levels in Apple cider vinegar, it is usually listed on the bottles.
My suggestion is use the lowest acidic content apv you can find."
06/15/2012: Silvia from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "I have a 3 years old male cat that deesn't seem to recover from FCV. He was in the hospital for 1 week and seemed back then that he was doing good, that was 3.5 months ago. We got homeopathics remedies to treat him and the other cat that got it as well but was only sick for 1 week with mild symptoms. The most affected are his hind paws and lately is trying to walk on the 2 front paws only. The simptoms are changing all the time, a few days he is grinding his teeth and the mouth is swollen, some other days is one paw or the other, now acctually both hind paws. This makes me think he is reinfected all the time. Homeopathics don't seem to work, I gave him MMS activated, no more than 1 drop a day, now I introduce the DMSO, we had the nosode as well back 2 months ago, lysine, Lugols 1 drop. What is to be done? Sometimes he won't eat or let us touch him, it has been more than taxing on us."Replies
06/18/2012: Nh Gardener from Sanbornton, Nh, Usa replies: "For Silvia from Toronto re. Cat with FCV--Please try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in his food, 1/2 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to rounded tsp. 2 X/day. If he won't take it, apply some to his fur and paws so he'll lick it off. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from the body. Also, give him 1/2 tsp gently melted coconut oil in his food, increasing to 1 tsp. Again, if he won't eat it, apply to his paws or legs so he'll lick it off. Good luck."
11/15/2012: Suzanne from North Plainfield, New Jersey, Usa replies: "Hi, Just saw your post. I too have a kitty with FCV. When I first adopted him his tongue was one big open, ulcerated sore. He could not eat. Had to force feed him 4-5 times a day with syringe. Besides making him an all natural, grain free raw diet, I gave 500mg Lysine daily for 2 weeks as well as Daily Reiki sessions, 1/2 to 1 hour 3x's a day. (I'm a Reiki Master). That was 1 1/2 years ago. He's fine now. I regularly put 1-2 drops of organic, raw with the mother ACV in his water bowl. Now he gets 250mg of lysine daily. If he starts to show signs of a weakened immune system I may give 1/2cc Astragulus (Liquid Chinese herbal) twice a day for a few days. The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier is a book I often refer to for help. A friend refered it to me and it's been a Great resource."