Herpes Remedy Needed for Cat

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[YEA]  09/12/2007: lynda from Bagley, usa: "I do foster care for our local humane society.The cat's are always sick and alot die. Right now I have a kitty with herpes of the eyes and was wondering how to get rid of it naturally. The drugs they get from a vet are not working. I started to use borac acid but that doesn't seem to be doing much either. Please if anyone has an idea please let me know. Thank you."

11/08/2007: Margaret from Sydney, Australia replies: "Replying to Lynda regarding the eye problems, apparently the amino acid L Lysene is very effective, which is the same used for human cold sore outbreaks. I have used this with much success, also a little ascorbic acid or bio c powder for the immune system. The info on L Lysene is can be confirmed on a site called www.vetinfo4cats.com which I have found extremely useful."
09/28/2009: Tia from Eugene, Oregon replies: "L-lysine is the best short term treatment for feline herpes. You want to give about 250 mg twice daily. It is tasteless and colorless(I have a very picky tortie!) so it is easy to mix in wet food when crushed into powder. L-Lysine is VERY inexpensive, so it is a must have at any cat shelter, or for anyone with a kitty with chronic herpes flare-ups. Meds rarely do anything but relieve you of your money when it comes to herpes. I'm lucky to have found a vet with knowledge of lysine. My tortie has major eye tissue scars from weeks of antibiotics having no effect on the disease.
Also, Colloidal silver is completely non-toxic to humans and cats(and everything else that isn't a microbe). I've done much reading on CS lately because I had a duck with a fungal respiratory disease. What I found was multiple forums with people who had cured their HUMAN genital herpes with CS. You can use the silver as eye-drops, with great success, for any apparent eye disease. Herpes recedes into other part of the body, when it goes into remission, and hides until the next flare up. Keeping silver levels in the cat's tissue at a constant rate may cure the disease altogether (my tortie has had no flare up since completing this l-lysine/colloidalsilver treatment, however some cats NEVER manifest symptoms of their herpes, others not more than once, and some have chronic problems, so it is hard to tell if it's actually been cured or just put into permanent remission). I recommend 1/8-1/4 teaspoon (depending on the size of cat) 3-4 times daily (depending on how sick) for a few months (3-5 months to be safe). Use the lysine treatment when there are apparent flare-ups. CS is best absorbed and most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Thats hard to do with a cat, so just don't mix it in with food. Use a syringe and squirt it right in their mouth. If your cat doesn't take meds well, or squirms too much, try using a towel to wrap them in (making sure to pin the front legs with the towel), like a little kitty burrito.

P.S. colloidal silver hydro-sols at around 10ppm have the best absorption, and are the most effective at moving through tissue. Although any silver colloid will be (at least marginally) effective. These are tiny animals, so you must make sure the only ingredients in the one you buy is silver and water. NOTHING ELSE!

Good luck everyone!"
02/10/2011: Sheri E. from Palm Harbor, Fl replies: "I have a 5-1/2 year-old male feral that developed herpes in his eye when he was 1. I sprinkle L-Lysine on his dry food everyday, which has seemed to help the flare-ups. He doesn't really seem to be bothered with the condition most of the time. His eyeball, however, has what appear to be growths on it and it is very cloudy. When this first occured, I took him to veterinary opthamalgists and spent incredible amounts of money on him, only for them to tell me that this is a chronic condition and there was really nothing that could be done. They gave me a prescription for ethromycin for the flare-ups. I am reading all these posts and beginning to think that I might possibly be able to help my feline buddy. If there is anyone out there that is dealing with - or has dealt with this and can give me some pointers, I would be most appreciative!"

Hyperthyroid Remedies for Cats

02/14/2013: Terry from Tampa, Fl: "Hello, Does anyone have a natural remedy for hypothyroidism in my cat? - Therese"

03/19/2013: Julie from Chicago, Il replies: "No answers yet? I'm looking for the same thing :( My cat is 17, I don't want to put her on meds that might make her sick."
04/13/2013: Toonces from Lake Arrowhead, California replies: "Yes, I don't know if EC will allow this to go through-perhaps they will-since 2 different people are asking. I have used the site, PetWellbeing.com for years and they have formulas for Thyroid. One for Hypo and one for Hyper. We tried this formula for HyperThyroid and then went to the one for Blood Sugar and that seems to be a bit better for our Cat, but it has worked wonders for many pets. We have used several of their formulas over the years. They are expensive but they work. Unfortunately, they made the bottles smaller than they used to be for the same price of $38.00 but they do last. I wish I had a less expensive home remedy for you. Good luck!"


02/20/2013: Esprit64 from Somewhere, Maine: "Is it safe to use Iodine in a dog AND cat's water? If so, how do you judge an appropriate dosage? Thanks."

05/21/2011: Derravarra from Dublin, Co Dublin, Ireland: "Hi there, I'd appreciate it if you could give me the dosage and the way to administer (on skin or by mouth) lugol's or nascent iodine to my 12 year old female cat whom I believe to be suffering from hyperthyroidism.

Thank you for your time, Maire"

01/25/2011: Elizabeth from Carmel, In, Usa: "Greetings: Can someone please give me dosing information for Lugol's iodine, for my cat? I don't want to give it to her willy-nilly. I'd like to know for example, how many mg. per pound of weight... If anyone can provide this information I will be quite grateful!"

04/16/2012: Alyssa from Austin, Texas replies: "Because iodine is absorbed through the skin, it's really easy to administer the proper amount. I found that it's chemically similar to a steroid that's been prescribed to heal my cat's chin-zits and jaundice in the past, and with similar results. Simply swab the iodine on the skin using a cotton swab. I've put the iodine on my cat's chin to fight the zits, but it's also nice to put it in the thin hair between a cat's eyes and ears so that you can see if and how quickly the iodine is being absorbed. My very timid baby doesn't mind the treatment, and hasn't put up a fight since the first time I used iodine."
06/07/2012: Bo from Portland, Or Usa replies: "Could someone indicate what type of iodine and at what dosage/how much is used when painting? This is strong stuff!! I would hate to bring harm to my pet through my own ignorance!!"


11/13/2011: Asma from Karachi, Pakistan: "I have a 4 year old male persian. A month ago he was diagnosed with pre-hep jaundice. He went thru a 5 day anti-biot injection course. Relapsed. Was put on oral anti-biot for 7 days. Relapsed again. And is now on a 3 week course of the same oral anti-biot. Test results at the time of relapse #2 showed that jaundice was due to a parasite, which we are treating.

He's been doing better - a little fussy about food, but has developed a skin rash on the frontside of his neck and two spots on the backside of his neck. Before the jaundice I had noticed a abrasion/lesion which I cleaned with antiseptic and chalked off to a scuffle with a neighbourhood cat. Now that same lesion is purple with small specks of scab and has spread.

I dont want to pump my poor Manoscheher with more anti-biots. I haven't taken a single anti-biot in 25 years and resort to natural remedies myself. I hate having to give him these anti-biots, but I dont understand his ailments and how I can help him with natural remedies that will bring relief to him asap.

Would really appreciate some advice regarding tackling to his internal parasitic infection and the skin rashes. Bless!"

Kitten Issues

09/19/2012: Debbie from St.louis, Missouri, Usa: "My 9 week old kitten has had a swollen, draining eye for over a week. Can't afford vet bill until next week. Found this site. Just dabbed equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water on the back of her neck as instructed here. She got a good whiff of it a sneezed about 4 times in a row. Then she tried to run away from the smell, but I had already gotten her. So hoping this will work!! I'll let you know. I need little Lady Isabella to be cured! Thank you everyone for sharing your testimonies on this site."

06/18/2011: Meccamoo from White Mountains, Az: "About a month ago, two kittens found me. I let them inside, they're rocking cute. Problem is they need kitty mother's milk and I don't know what to feed them. They have fondly taken to my male Oreo kitty - he's 11 yrs and very furry. They all get along really well. They knead his belly (which is now pink) looking for food. Oreo's is kind enough (or lazy enough?) to allow this often - though he has no milk to give. He is hot for the girl kitty which makes me wonder if he was ever really neutered. Two questions: What can I feed the little one that isn't very expensive and will provide them with nutrients they need. (They have been eating Oreo's dry cat food and sometimes I give them plain yogurt and or milk). How can I keep Oreo from humping the female kitten?

Thank you very very very much."

08/08/2011: Meccamoo from Pinetop, Az replies: "Please help me understand why my 11 year old neutered male cat continually humps these kittens. Any advice? Anyone?Also is there anything I can feed the two kittens to help them wean?"
09/14/2012: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Meccamoo, I know your kitties are long since weaned, but this may help someone else with the same problem. I have raised many baby kitties with the following:

Meyenberg canned goat milk, about 1/2 cup (grocery)

1 or 2 whole raw egg yolks

"Missing Link" nutrient powder for cats (pet store or Ebay)

A small amount of water (~ 1 tablespoon or so, to help keep the kitten/s hydrated.)

Mix the above very well together and feed the kitties every couple of hours, including through the night (just like a human baby). Use an eye dropper (carefully, go into the side of their little mouths, there is a gap between the teeth there) if you have to, but don't "push" it into them, "offer" it and let them lick it off the dropper, or off your Very Clean finger. They *may* suck directly to the end of the dropper, if they can/do that's great, but it ain't going to be the same as Mama..

Very young kittens can dehydrate and die easily, and also cannot produce enough body heat to keep themselves warm enough, so you will have to keep them sheltered and watch that water intake. Fleas will also make them anemic and kill them pretty quickly, so you may have to brush them to get fleas off (outside of course). A human boar bristle baby brush can be used for this. Or you can pick the fleas off and put them into a small bowl of any kind of oil; they won't be able to hop out, and will drown. If you must use a source of heat, use your own body heat, it's the only truly safe thing I know of, unless you have a whelping heating pad around the house (Ebay).

Those will cover the major and most likely problems you may run into...

Namaste, Linda"

L-Lysine for Feline Herpes Outbreaks

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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  02/21/2013: Maria from Louisville, Ky: "L-Lysine for cats with herpes virus

Please consider posting information on your site about the amino acid, L-Lysine. It is very effective in controlling the frequency, duration and severity of feline herpes outbreaks. Many of your posters are under the impression that they can resolve swollen, runny eyes with ACV, when what is happening is their cats is experiencing a viral outbreak that will run its course and resolve on it's own anyway. As long as the drainage is clear, eyes should be left alone. If the drainage in the eye becomes green and thick or the eye can't open, then it is evident that a bacterial infection is at work and an antibiotic is needed. (I use fishmox regularly) While nothing cures or prevents cat herpes, L-Lysine is a valuable tool in your arsinol. While the ACV may help in terms of cleansing the eye, (I cannot imagine that it doesn't sting, even when diluted) it is in no way effecting the viral outbreak. I dose my cats with L-lysine 3 times a week by mixing a 500mg capsule into wet food. It tasts salty and they din't seem to mind the addition at all. I buy human grade L-lysine (usually NOW brand as it comes in a capsule that is already granulated and easy to open and mix, it beats crushing pills) I have had fantastic results."

Meow Remedies

12/01/2009: Kelly from Farmersville, California Usa: "I Need A Remedy For A Cat Who Can't Meow

There is a stray cat who comes over to our place every so often, and I feed it and give it water. I don't know if the cat is a boy or a girl. The problem is, the poor thing can't meow. I gave it some hairball remedy in case the problem was a hairball. I don't know if that is the problem or not, but if it turns out that the problem may be caused by something else, I'd appreciate any advice I can get. What remedy would you suggest for a cat who suddenly seems to have lost its meow? Thanks in advance!"

12/18/2009: Puppetrina from Houston, Tx replies: "not all cats meow...or meow often...does the cat try to meow? Cats meow specifically as a signal to their humans..if a cat was raised with no humans, it may have a tendency not to meow....except when in heat to signal a mate...or to it's kittens..."
12/18/2009: Kelly from Farmersville, Ca replies: "The cat tries to meow, but it only makes a sound like it's trying to hock up a hairball. I forgot to mention this before. I don't know what is causing this. It's worrisome. The cat has been here several times and it was able to meow before. But now it just opens its mouth like it's going to meow, but these little coughing sounds come out instead. It's not choking on aything because it's able to eat its food and drink its water. I would like to help this cat, but I don't really know what to do, except give it hairball medicine. Has any body here ever dealt with this problem before with a cat? If so, I'd love it if you could help me out by suggesting some remedies you've used in the past to treat this problem."
12/23/2009: Laura from Fairview, Nc replies: "Kelly, I started feeding a feral kitten this past Summer and found that he could not meow very well...he could barely get a squeak out of his mouth. It is now Winter and since he has been fed good food on a regular basis he has slowly developed a fairly good voice...much improved. He also had ear mite infestation, so I have been using over-the-counter ear mite treatment. It is possible that getting the ear mites under control has helped with his voice."

Multiple Ailments

10/16/2012: Carolyn from Chattanooga, Tn Usa: "Our Garfield, about 10 years old, had a bad fall down into a small spot between a desk and book case. We have made several trips to the vet, but he is still not eating or using his back legs much. In spite of the appetite stimulant, he just won't eat. I have been givind him food and water with a syringe, orally. I need a homemade recipe for shampoo with no chemicals, reccomendations for appetite enhancers, and a homemade device to put training wheels on a cat. We also need miracles, if anyone has an excess. Thank you. My email address is Carolynyharris02(at)aol.com. "

Nail Infection

01/04/2013: Heebie from Toronto, On, Canada: "Hello. My calico cat is 12 years old. About a year ago I found she had a black crusty substance at the bottom of one of her nail close to the skin. I took her to the vet who said it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics. She was on Clavamox for a few weeks. The antibiotics seems to help, but even after two rounds it never went away completely.

Recently I noticed that it had returned and had now spread to three nails, and two of them are also infected. Behind the black sludge is a thick greenish white pus. I have been washing out the nails with diluted hydrogene peroxide, and using some antibotic cream that is safe for pets. One nail did clear up, but the other two are still infected.

She does not seemed to be bothered by this or in any pain, she is more bothered when I clean it. Any suggestions? I can take her back for more antibiotics, but they didn't seem to work all that well and was hoping for another solution.

I do have another cat as well as a dog, and I have checked all of their nails and nothing has spread to them, so I am assuming this is not a fungal infection.

Any help would be greatly appreciated."

Pau D'arco for UTI

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[YEA]  07/26/2008: Nicole from San Diego, CA: "A couple years ago my cat had a urinary tract infection (I assumed - he was peeing all around the house right in front of me and there would be little if any urine and blood in it). I took him off of dry food and put some drops of Pau D'Arco Herbal Glycerite Extract into his water bowl. Within a day his behaviour changed and his kitty litter box was put to good use. He went back to being the happy crazy cat he was before - and I no longer get cheap dry food! He's never had another infection in the past couple years and he has a preference for dry food. I probably put about 10 drops or so of the extract (mine was alcohol free and from Herb Pharm) into his bowl and kept him inside to make sure he wouldn't get water from another source.... but that was about 2 years ago so I'm not sure on the exact amount."

Plasma Cell Pododermatitis Remedies

07/09/2013: Maria from Tauranga, New Zealand: "Pododermatitis in my cat. Please do you know of any thing that can help my poor cat he has such bad paws they are really swollen and look very very bad. I can see he has trouble putting pressure on them an now has his paws extended to take a bit of pressure off paws. He had had steriods at the vet serveral times injected only helped for short time and doesn't really work much. I have sprayed colloidal silver on paws to see if this helps but still sore. Have you got any ideas, I feel it cruel to have him in such pain and want to try to heal him asap. Thanks Maria"

07/10/2013: Om from Hope Bc, Canada replies: "Please obtain MMS and see protocols online. It should be the one thing that will work.

See GreenMeds online to inform yourself of the dangers of statins. Stay away from pharma drugs. Hope your dear cat will respond to treatment. I am about to take MMS myself, so is my little dog. All the best and keep in touch. Om"

Plasmacytic Pododermatitis

11/16/2012: Kate59 from Kingston, Ny, United States: "Love your site. 3 years ago I adopted a one-yr-old cat, named Jon Jon. After 6 months he developed swollen front pads, bloody and sore. My cats are all indoors. I contacted the vet and the lady I adopted him from. Surgery to remove the pads were recommended.

After researching on the web, I found some vets using doxycycline to treat the plasmacytic pododermatitis. My vet wrote me a prescription and within days his pads were normalizing. I followed the protocol. 2 weeks later they became swollen again, so again I used the doxycycline.

I decided (instead of constant antibiotic treatment) to put him on probiotics. He's been fine ever since! Everyday I sprinkle a small amount of refrigerated probiotic on his wet food (a small amount of wet food). Once a day. One capsule lasts 5 - 6 days for him.

Just wanted to share this with any readers having this problem with a cat or a dog. Thanks! Kate"

12/08/2013: Marlene from San Diego replies: "What brand/type of probiotics are you feeding your cat? I'm afraid my cat has the same disease."



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