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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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Liberty Hill, Tx
Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Tickertin (Richmond, VA) on 07/19/2009
[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.Replied by Catmom