Last Modified on Jul 01, 2015
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).
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[YEA] 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.
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[YEA] 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.
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Mountain View Nj
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[YEA] 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
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
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[YEA] What an amazing site! Thank you all so much!
My cat Martin is turning 17 in January, 2015 and has struggled with gastritis, arthritis and asthma for years. Thanks to this forum, I've added aloe to his diet - he is a different cat! I also use Cold Laser treatments twice p/month to address the arthritis, also very, very effective with pain control (so much so that he is now off Metacam! ).
NOTE: Please be CAREFUL with the Aloe. ONLY Inner Leaf is actually recommended for pets - NOT whole leaf. I personally use Organic Aloe Vera Gel from inner leaf only, 1/2 tsp per wet meal x twice p/day.
Can I give my cat tuna if he has cystitis? He loves the juice and could probably get him to eat the apple cider vinegar mixed in?
[YEA] I just wanted tell the story of Kona, our 15+yro Siamese Bob tail Cat. She has always struggled with the changes from winter to spring, so just 3 weeks ago took her to the vet for what seemed like congestion and bad sounding cough. She received a steroid shot and we got a $70 bill.Brought her home, gave her extra care when she didn't want to be outside and she got better, was eating and drinking again. Then came the last week in March where we could not find her and by the evenings of the 25th & 26th she had not did her typical routine of shredding the weather stripping at the front or rear doors after dark to come in for the night, by about 5pm on the 27th I found her sitting in our pasture on a bed of leaves with her nose pressed to the ground, wouldn't respond to being called or making noise to get her to look up, couln't see her breathing at all, I was sure she had passed away, I next climbed over the fence and as I got closer, she looked up and made a pitiful meow, she was in worse shape than in previous weeks. We quickly got her to the Vet before closing where she spent the night and was given iv fluids, antibiotics and a X ray that showed her lungs clear of issues.
After a $300 vet bill she came home that Friday the 28th.She still looked horrible, wouldn't eat or drink.Though the Vet said he thought she would be ok, everyone at home thought she was in her last days if not hours. By mid day Saturday I looked at EC's pet section, read about Apple Cider Vinegar and all of the positive stories of how it helped others pets , but I could not wrap my head around on how to treat Kono with this. Vapor? wasn't sure how to do that. She wasn't about to eat or drink anything and she wasn't going to let me force it on her, already tried getting mashed food from a baby bottle to only have it spit out.
Then Sunday evening came and a plan had come to me.First I filled a tea kettle with 1cup water 1/2cup raw (w/mother) ACV, brought to a boil, poured a mug full and placed it in front of the pet carrier and covered all with a heavy towel to trap the vapor. I tried this a couple of times and decided it was not effective enough with little vapor and it cooling off to quickly. So next I brought the kettle back up to boil then turned down to a low simmer, placed the cat carrier with towel over it onto the counter next to the stove. Found a empty paper towel tube, then I placed over the spout of the Kettle that allowed me to direct the steam into the carrier but the cardboard will become soggy and fall apart after awhile, a heavier cardboard are a tube made of plastic would work better. I decided to offset the kettle from the eye on the (glass cook top stove) toward the carrier, carefully covering the the kettle and carrier under the towel but take caution from getting burned from steam or from the burner eye.
I Do NOT Recommend trying this with a gas top stove or even a stove with a electric coiled eyes, this would be a fire hazard and possible injury to pet and owner. Please use COMMON SENSE. Leaving a opening on back of carrier to allow vapor to flow through or letting out some vapor several times in a treatment, this proved to be very effective.Did this method for less than 20minutes at a time.
Monday morning she was standing and stretching in the kennel but still had green goo coming from her eyes and still not eating or drinking. Proceeded with another vapor treatment that morning in which afterwards the green goo started to come out of her nostrils, I thought Progress, then treated again that evening, slowly but surley she started to improve to the point that she decided to drink a good bit of water and finally wanted outside, then walked around the house and went straight to the food bowl on the back deck. She chose to stay outside for the night, she didn't like the kennel thing, went to find her with a flashlight around 9:30 but she hides well. This morning about 7:30 am, April 1st she walked up the back steps into the kitchen, then went right into eating dry food. Took a nap then wanted back out again. She seems much better and more like her normal self again. Thanks to all who contribute to this site.
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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.
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
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[YEA] 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.
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.
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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
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New York, Ny
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[YEA] Try Betadine or other iodine solution and Cruex on ringworm. Worked very well when my cats had it, and then I caught it.
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?
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Cross Plains, Tn
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[YEA] 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.
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Ventura, Ca Usa
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