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Natural Pet Remedies for Cats

Last Modified on Nov 23, 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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Posted by Dalsan (Aloha, Or Usa) on 01/02/2012

[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 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.

Replied by Willa
Liberty Hill, Tx

Can anyone tell me how long I should give the ACV to a male cat that was blocked?
Replied by Diamond

Willa; I have lightened up some on ACV and changed over to coconut oil organic and virgin or extra virgin if any available, it has helped my very sick cat 100% she was vomiting constantly until she was spitting up blood, I took her to the vets, costing me $150.00 and I could not see any results, so the coconut oil has done wonders for my cat, because she was a dumpster diver(stray) her immune system was damaged to almost no repairing .I cook her chicken and mix coconut oil in with her food every time she eats (3 or more times a day)and she seems to stay stable & she just loves the taste. Another thing every one should remember or know is tha t"All"animals eat grass because it's their form of medicine, if cats are held inside for the duration they crave this fresh grass like I crave sweets etc..

If any one cares to do a web search on the remedies for coconut oil, it has a huge amount of help and remedies.

Grass can be found at most leading stores or in a garden center or in my back yard where it needs mowing LOL.Good Luck.

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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
Naples, Fl

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.
Replied by Patti
Mountain View Nj

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. :)
Replied by Diamond
Mass., US

I just put the ACV in can cat food, then I put fish oil on the cat food and cover it up with more of his/her cat food.But I have one cat that changes from one minute to one sec. etc. she will not eat the same food twice.I think she has some mucus and has problems coughing and eventually spits up a white foamy substance, I'm guessing it's worms. I took her to the vets. and the vet never examined my cat but a tech. did the work, as to what she did I am not sure; however I made double sure she gave my cat something for worms. Other than that she asked if she could take xrays, I said I think not, I have had xrays for years and never proven accurate. This is my last visit with a vet. as this one cost me over a hundred dollars, for so little a job.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Diamond!

How sad that you had such an unproductive visit at the vet.

Please know you DO have options! You can ask for the vet to see your animal and not settle for the vet tech. Granted, some tech are very experienced and do a great job, but if you feel you are not getting the service you are paying for, then state so to the tech and ask to have the vet see your animal. Next, why did the tech wish to take an xray? You should ask why a particular procedure is indicated so you can make an informed judgement as to how to proceed. And while worming your cat may have been something needed, my experience with cat's upchucking foamy substances has nothing to do with worms, but possibly something to do with an obstruction of the GI tract, which an xray could have revealed if it were indeed present. [A savvy vet or vet tech would also be able to palpate and feel if this were an issue as well].

Again, so sorry you did not get satisfaction with the vet you chose to use; remember, you can always shop around to find a vet you can work with as a healing team for your pets. I hope your cat does well on the ACV treatment you have chosen.

Posted by Terry (Stoneham, Ma) on 01/17/2009

[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

Aging Cats
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Posted by Suzan (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 08/09/2011

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

Replied by Glad
Lakehills, Tx

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.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa

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!
Replied by Colleen

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

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Posted by Michelle (Bc, CA) on 12/09/2014

[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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Bea (Glasgow) on 06/15/2014

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?

Posted by Tim (Jackson, GA) on 04/01/2014

[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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Tim!

Thank you for sharing your story and process to healing your kitty!

Totally awesome!

Replied by Joanne

You should not let her outside in that condition or at all for that matter.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

[YEA]   For cat with respiratory issues.

After many years of antibiotics which did only do lasting damage, I have found a remedy homeopathic that works like a charm.

It is VIRUMED by HOMEOCAN in Canada. I am so pleased and my cats are well! Never give antibiotics. They kind of wither after that. I just put about 10 drops in water enough for a medium syringe and gave it hourly for two days; then three times a day. You have to watch - if they do not sneeze, stop and resume just once if needed. I can't say how much I am pleased with this remedy as in the past I lost many rescues with the routinely used antibiotics. The immune system is precious and has a purpose. Not to damage it!!

Try it and good luck.. Namaste, Om

Replied by Onna

What ailments/illnesses did you treat your kitty for with ACV, and under what heading can I find apple cider vinigar treatment for cats? I'm reading about all the treatments. But I cannot find where they are located for felines in the website. greatly appreciated, the help.

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 01/05/2014

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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Posted by Maximom (Vancouver Island, Canada) on 07/26/2011

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

Replied by Leah
Costa Mesa, Ca.

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.
Replied by Nia
New York, Ny

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:)
Replied by Nike
Goteborg, Sweden

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.
Replied by Col
Denver, Co

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. (

Replied by Catsfurever
Somerville, De

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.

Replied by Sally

Somehow nowadays American cats are lactose intolerant. My European grandma's cats loved milk and lived long life! Many 17 - 19 years. There was no vet in her town for small animals and cats got meat left overs and twice a week small piece of raw meat. Try organic goat milk or minimally processed milk from a small local farm. Mine is not certified "organic" but they take good care of their cows without wasting money on certification.
Replied by Darlene
Syracuse, Ny

This is off the beaten path of your discussion, does anyone know if apple cider vinegar could be applied to a sore on my cats neck, she is an indoor cat. I've had her 5 years this has never happened before. Thank you for a timely response, she is my best friend!
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Apple Cider Vinegar can sting on broken skin. You could try it but dilute it a lot. Maybe 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water. Turmeric powder may be of help, or extra virgin coconut oil. You could even mix the two and apply it.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kreena

Apple Cider Vinegar is no good for this but if its an upper respiratory infection try one half human echinacea and one half human vit c both 1000 mg. Grind them into powder and mix into wet food like brine from tuna or give directly with dropper bottle from chemist. Do this once a day at the same time every day. Hope this helps
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Kreena (Scotland)

The best treatment is powdered turmeric applied dry onto a wound. Heals fast and no pus. It is a natural antibiotic, makes new blood. When healed, apply coconut oil. I have used it on large wounds with great results.

Namaste, Om

Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections
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Posted by Jennifer (South Africa) on 08/24/2006

[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.

Avoid Certain Foods
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Posted by R. Astby (Melbourne, Vic. Australia) on 05/13/2012

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.

Replied by Carol
Va., US

alpha lipoic acid ( ALA ) does NOT hurt the liver, it helps it. please do some research before stating facts out of the air.

R ALA is the natural form. It restores liver enzyme levels back to normal

Replied by Jackie Page
New York, N


R. Ashby - you are right. ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) is toxic for cats.

Check it out on the internet. It may be good for you - but - not for them. Cats (and, sometimes, dogs) react badly to many things that are good for people. Anytime I give anything to a cat - I first check out it thoroughly with vets - AND on the internet - for Risks, Cautions, Side-Effects, etc.


Replied by Catherine
West Virginia

Sources of ALA

Red meats, muscle meats and organ meats like liver, kidneys and hearts are the foods richest in alpha lipoic acid. Other foods that contain ALA include yeast, spinach, broccoli and potatoes, according to Many of these ingredients are included in commercial cat foods to meet your kitty's need for the antioxidant. Don't confuse alpha lipoic acid with the omega-3 essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which our furry buddies also need in their diets. Alpha-linolenic acid, also called ALA, helps keep your cat's skin and coat shiny, according to the "Cat Lover's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Insight and Guidance for Living a Joyful Life with Your Cat."

Sources of alpha-linolenic acid include walnuts, flax seed and canola oil, according to the Kirkland Science Labs website.

Back Leg Issues
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Posted by Caroline (Bournemouth, Uk) on 04/09/2011

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

Replied by Nia
New York, Ny

It's always good to get a second opinion from a reliable reference from another pet owner.
Replied by Ds
Houston, Tx

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 - 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
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Posted by Bliss on 07/15/2006

[YEA]  Try Betadine or other iodine solution and Cruex on ringworm. Worked very well when my cats had it, and then I caught it.

Bladder Crystals
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Posted by Abra (Powell, Tn) on 02/04/2011

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?

Replied by Fiona
London, England

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.
Replied by Superman
Hamilton, Ontario

[YEA]   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.
Replied by K7bdd
Cross Plains, Tn

My mom used cranberry juice for years to keep from having bladder infections. She never had kidney stones either. All the MD's and DO's I've spoken to recommend cranberry juice or the fruit for the full range of urinary tract health.
Replied by Linda S.

I have always owned multiple cats and always ended up with the urinary tract, crystal problem. I started feeding them canned food with water added. They lapped it all up and I haven't had a problem since. I also put C, taurine, and kelp on their food.

Bladder Issues
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Posted by Leigh (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) on 07/19/2009

[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 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.

Replied by Jill
Aguas, Mexico

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!
Replied by Angie
Equality, Al

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'
Replied by Cindy
Ventura, Ca Usa

What is acv?

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Ec

My Cat Sunny looks like he is having a problem peeing. I live far away from any stores and I need to know what I can use in place of Apple cider Vinegar. I have reg. Vinegar - can I mix this with anything?
Replied by Scott

What is AVC?? My cat has crystals in his urine in the start of a kidney stone :( is there anything you can recommend?

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar.