Natural Pet Remedies for Cats

Last Modified on Sep 09, 2014

Fluid Retention   0  0   

Posted by S Nicholson (London) on 07/18/2014

Hi there,

I have a very old (23) cat with what is probably a late stage terminal tumour according to the vet today. They said I should take her home, spend the weekend and take her back Monday to be put to sleep.

She is unfortunately so uncomfortable though, her tummy is full of fluid, and her rheumatism or arthritis makes it difficult for her to get to the litter tray now. Does anyone know a remedy that would help her reduce the fluid and keep her more comfortable for longer? I am feeling worried that keeping her for the weekend might just be prolonging her discomfort though there is no obvious acute pain yet. (She may be in pain but is not vocalising)

I'd love any advice if anyone knows anything.

Many thanks

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
591 Posts
Hey Nicholson!

I am sorry to hear about your kitty. If this were my cat I would call the vet right back and ask to come back right away. I suspect they were trying to give you some time to come to terms with your cat's terminal condition by asking you to come back on Monday, but clearly YOU know your cat best and if you think its Time, then it's Time - and I would not wait any longer if I could at all avoid it.


Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
You could try nettle tea which is a safe, natural diuretic. Or use the entire plant dandelion, make a tea. Both have loads of vitamins and she may pee a lot without loosing nutrients in her urine. God bless her.

Namaste, Om

Food Allergies   0  0   

Posted by Jessi (Fairfield, IA) on 12/23/2008

For those of you whose cats are scratching and biting themselves, I'm told the source of the problem is usually the cat food. Find a natural pet food store (they're popping up everywhere these days) and put your cat on some natural pet food WITHOUT GRAINS, CORN OR WHEAT in it. Ask the clerk to make sure the natural pet food you buy doesn't have either of those 3 things. The scratching is due to an allergy to the ingredients in store-bought pet food, or to the grains, corns, or wheat your current pet food contains. I was told this by a knowledgeable source, passed it on to a neighbor whose cat was bleeding because it was scratching itself so much, and she reports the change in food cleared the problem up in the one month she's been doing it. She also commented on how little the natural cat food cost - she had been prepared for a big increase in her pet food bill, but it was negligible.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Love My Pets (Ny, Usa) on 10/03/2012

Hi. I found which is very informative for searching for the best dog foods (and the worst. ) It lists many different brands and rates the ingredients for nutritional value from 1 to 5 stars. I am now transitioning my dog from Pedigree (1 star) to BJ's Holistic brand (4 stars - only $5.00 more in price.)

Does anyone know of a similar website for cat food? Thanks.

Posted by Kay (Columbia City, Indiana) on 10/11/2011

My cat has pleural effusion and pulmonary edema also dyspnea, also cancer. My vet says nothing can be done. They gave him a Lasix injection, and today he gets a tap thorax. The cancer is too advanced for any treatment to help. Is there anything that might help my cat? I don't want to give up hope, but it does not look good.

Posted by Kay
Columbia City, Indiana
I just got back from the vet. He took out about 140 ml of fluid from the cats lungs. It was sorta red, probably high in protein, so not good news. Cougar is breathing pretty good now. I will try the essiac tea tomorrow. If anyone has other things to try please let me know. I don't know how long he will be okay.

Herbs   1  0   

Posted by Lesa (Birmingham, Alabama) on 03/14/2011

This is what I have found by trial and error. Use your own judgment. You know your cat better than anyone. Thanks for all the suggestions about ACV and Dandelion.

My BillyBob (main coon/Manx) is a big, red, bobtailed ball of attitude. He has had cardiomyopthy (sp?) all his life. I was told "he might live to be 5" If he makes it to April 22 he will be 12. He has only been sick 1 time in his life about 5 years ago. He has now got renal failure. Possibly because of the heart meds all this time.

I have been studying and using herbs for 20 years but did not know much about what was safe for cats. Like most of you, I have spent mmaannyy hours on line trying to educate myself so I could do the best by him. TTOOTTAALLY frustrating and confusing.

I found some things on "petwellbeing" Trispy and plantaeris but then the next website said "do not give him anything with parsley in it because it is a diuretic" I agree but don't you want to flush the toxins? Be careful to watch for low potassium due to that. Muscles twitch and jerk. Also puts stress on the heart. Like when we are low on electrolytes due to heat.

I give him 1/4 pill crushed in watr with a syrenge. It works.

I also read that you need to give a lax because the over active kidney system pulls moisture from everywhere and makes the stool hard and dry so they have problems 'going". I use mineral oil to help. 1T or more 2 times a day, any way you can to get it in them.ha

Dandelion root is also good for the liver and digestion.

Throwing up white foam due to stomach acid:

I found one place that said SLIPPERY ELM was good but I did not know how much to give him. IT WORKS. I later found a place where they said that you could give up to 5ts a day. I just cut open ONE cap and (again) mix it in water and squirt it in the side of his mouth.

Important: Be sure to feed them and give the elm before bedtime since it will be a long sleep and the acid will build up overnight.

Thank you for all the suggestions. I am definitely going to try the ACV. I hope this helps some of you and your 4 legged children. This is a great site. Keep up the good articles.

Posted by Mae
Chicago, Il
9 Posts
[YEA]   "Hi Lesa, I've an 11-15 year old? Chartreaux (I'm her 4th owner, no one cared enough pass on her history).

When I got her she was severly overweight, borderline diabetic, and in the process of losing a major canine due to diabetes onset. The vet also found a heart murmur. My baby had no energy, didn't talk or play, and looked perpetually miserable.

After two different vet consultations I was talked into beginning an insulin regimen to manage her diabetes.We tried two different insulins in a 2 month period beginning with ProZinc.
During that time she went from just above borderline diabetes sugar levels (pre-insulin injections) to levels in the high 300 - low 400 levels while the vet was trying to get the insulin type and amount right. She was a mess and went from being lethargic, timid, and docile to being agressive and panicky. She lost all the hair at her injection sites. She was itching like mad all over. It was horrible watching her go through this.

I decided to leave my vet, ditch the insulin and go a holistic route. I did a ton of research during the insulin crisis and settled on a few things that have helped immensely over the last year since.

Raw Food:

When I got her I put her on Innova Evo, weaned her off dry kibble and moved to a 95% protein diet. She went from 21 lbs to 10 and has remained at 10 for 4 years now - obviously her 'healthy' weight as she doesn't budge from here unless she's stressed.

Innova sold out to P & G so I switched to raw. The cost is well worth the amazing changes I've seen in her overall wellness.

Her heart and diabetes are no doubt due to the artery damaging, high carb crud that she was fed for so many years.
The high incidence of diabetes and heart disease in humans due to the Western Diet is now mirrored in the poor health of our pets as a result of corn/carb laden commercial pet foods.

I've had her on a raw food diet for almost 2 years (this prior to the insulin) - I prefer Primal over Nature's Variety as Primal includes Taurine in their feline formulas. People will tell you there's enough naturally occuring taurine in meat, thus it's a non-issue, but feline taurine needs are higher than canine needs, thus I'd rather not take a chance.

I feed her at regular 3 hour intervals to keep her blood sugar steady. I do use both 'Tripsy' (to combat the diabetic impact on her kidneys/UT health) and 'Mellit' for diabetes.
I alternate the drops every other day with a daily herbal regimen to address her heart and blood sugar.
In a small bowl I mix the powder from 2 capsules of Nature's Way 'Blood Sugar Formula' (diabetes and kidney support - chromium polynicotinate is the key), 1 capsule Doctor's Best CoQ10 (Heart support), and 1 capsule of Jarrow's 'Hawthorn' (FABULOUS for both human and pet heart health) 500mg.
These are powerful herbs and I made the mistake of giving her one day's dose in one feeding the first time - MISTAKE!
Her little heart was racing as the hawthorne was that effective at increasing circulation.
I found the best method is to divvy it up over each feeding.
I use a kitchen measuring spoon set, choosing the tiniest spoon labeled 'Smidgen', I put enough of the mix to cover the bottom 1/4 of the spoon and sprinkle it over her defrosted raw food nugget.
Ultimately she gets what amounts to a 1/4 capsule of the herbal mix over a 24 hour feeding cycle.

Every other day I giver her 5 drops of Tripsy and Mellit in the morning and 5 more at night.

Since begining these she's testing/averaging BSL of around 130.
Her energy is through the roof, she's vocal, and so very loving. A 180 degree shift from her demeanor during the nightmare insulin incident.

One last thing to report... Last month I went to a new vet to get her yearly check up done. I did not mention my regimen to the vet, nor did I mention she had a heart murmur (I did tell them she'd been diagnosed diabetic and I was refusing insulin).
The vet did not find a heart murmur and was impressed that her blood sugar was borderline without injections despite having been diagnosed so many years back.

Herbal therapies may not work for all pets as there are many varying factors, but the pharmaceutical alternatives in her case were wrecking what was left of her health.
I took a chance and it is working in her favor.

I hope our story may inspire you to do a little herbal research for your baby. I'd definitely suggest Hawthorne and CoQ10 for the cardomyopathy.
I like to occasionally comb the pet forums to see if anyone else has had similar success with herbs. I'm not finding as much pet experimentation as I thought I would.
I should also add I'd NEVER use an herb that's not been deemed safe for felines.
As an example I considered ALA as there's so much sucess with it in human use, but I found a holistic pet forum that says it's specifically toxic to felines.

Good Luck*

Posted by Jujucat
North East, Pa, Usa
That's great that you've gone raw, but why are you buying it from a company? You can easily do this yourself and it's so cheap! We buy chicken livers by the tub at Wal-Mart and they also have packages of chicken hearts and gizzards for cheap-our kittens also like skinless, boneless breasts. You just bring it home, wash it in hot water and throw it in ziplocs and freeze. I bring enough down for one day and let it thaw in the fridge and before feeding, I fill a bowl with hot water (not boiled, just hot tap water) and sit the ziploc bag of thawed meat in there and let it get warm. This does not cook the meat-and please, do NOT microwave the meat as this kills all the nutrients. Also, it is essential to let them have raw meaty bones-no, it does not harm them, no they do not choke. Just make sure they are raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones fragment and are brittle and dangerous. Anyways, when the meat is to room temperature after a few minutes, I put it in their little ceramic dishes and they gobble it up. If there is blood, don't throw it away--my cats love sipping the blood that comes with the meat. The main thing is freezing first, as I've read that this kills any parasites that may be in the meat... Although, we are feeding them human grade meat from our grocery store. I supplement with occasional treats of herring, mackerel, sardines, fresh Lake Erie perch and salmon (bones and all). On occasion I give a can of good quality GRAIN FREE moist food such as Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Avoderm or Wellness. I know feeding raw is best, but adding a can supplementally once or twice a week just makes me feel better, because these are foods with added minerals and whatnot that cats need and that way I know my 3 sweethearts are covered. For water, we use a fountain and also a ceramic dish that I clean and refill daily. It would be easier to just plunk down dry food and let them have at it all day, but I know I'd pay down the road in vet's bills for cystitis, urethritis, bladder crystals, etc. , not to mention obesity. My cats will eat dry kibble-the good stuff, the bad stuff-any of it, they will eat it and this is just useful information for us for when we need to go away for a trip somewhere and our pet sitter will be able to feed the cats without dealing with the raw meat, etc. (plus, I am fastidious about cleaning after handling raw meat, and would prefer not to have anyone else in my kitchen attempting to do it). Cats are obligate carnivores--why anyone would feed them grain is beyond me. But that's the conclusion I came to when I knew I was going to adopt the first 2--I did tons of research about everything, from foods, to bedding, to toys, to cat litter (clay is evil, for cats and for the environment) and by the time we finally brought them home, we were READY and when we rescued #3, we were all prepared and she's taken to the raw meat like a champ and she's only 8 weeks old. Thanks for listening and good luck with your kitties. Sounds like you're a good mama-but you can ditch the raw food company and do it yourself for tons cheaper, just wanted you to know that.

Hugs, Jujucat

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
I started my dogs on a raw food diet and later found that meat while still alive were injected with many experimental shots to name a few/steroids, antibiotics etc. My dogs in the process were getting sick(breaking out with blisters/boils/ their skin turning red) so I decided to stop them, now they are doing better with just raw veggies, with occasional chicken livers. And even a few doggie treats.
Posted by Jr
Coloma, Mi
71 Posts
How did you get your cats to eat raw meat? My cats have been on kibble for years. I switched my dog to raw and have tried and tried to get the cats to eat raw and they will NOT touch it. You would think I was trying to poison them.
Posted by Xanadu1jw
Memphis, Tn
First start adding a little tiny bit of canned food to their Kibble every day, gradually increasing until it is all canned. When you have accomplished this then it is time to start to add tiny bits of raw chicken breast chopped very fine and then gradually increasing that until your cats are all raw. Recipes can be found online in the barf (bones and raw food) cat sites. Their health will be reward enough for all your trouble.

Herpes Remedy Needed for Cat   1  0   

Posted by lynda (Bagley, usa) on 09/12/2007

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Margaret
Sydney, Australia
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 which I have found extremely useful.
Posted by Tia
Eugene, Oregon
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!

Posted by Sheri E.
Palm Harbor, Fl
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   0  0   

Posted by Terry (Tampa, Fl) on 02/14/2013

Hello, Does anyone have a natural remedy for hypothyroidism in my cat? - Therese

Posted by Julie
Chicago, Il
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.
Posted by Toonces
Lake Arrowhead, California
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, 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!

Iodine   0  0   

Posted by Esprit64 (Somewhere, Maine) on 02/20/2013

Is it safe to use Iodine in a dog AND cat's water? If so, how do you judge an appropriate dosage? Thanks.

Posted by Derravarra (Dublin, Co Dublin, Ireland) on 05/21/2011

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

Posted by Elizabeth (Carmel, In, Usa) on 01/25/2011

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!

Posted by Alyssa
Austin, Texas
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.
Posted by Bo
Portland, Or Usa
5 Posts
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!!

Jaundice   0  0   

Posted by Asma (Karachi, Pakistan) on 11/13/2011

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   0  0   

Posted by Debbie (St.louis, Missouri, Usa) on 09/19/2012

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.

Posted by Meccamoo (White Mountains, Az) on 06/18/2011

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.

Posted by Meccamoo
Pinetop, Az
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?
Posted by Linda
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
45 Posts
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   0  0   

Posted by Maria (Louisville, Ky) on 02/21/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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   0  0   

Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California Usa) on 12/01/2009

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!

Posted by Puppetrina
Houston, Tx
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...
Posted by Kelly
Farmersville, Ca
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.
Posted by Laura
Fairview, Nc
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.

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