Please only use shampoo, and flea treatments with neem oil in it for cats. NEVER give your cat a flea dip. The chemicals in this will kill your cat. If you are going to treat for fleas, give a flea bath in warm, cats feel heat more than we do so not too warm, water with some natural soap in the water. You can add neem oil to this soap. If the infestation is bad apply directly to the coat, but rinse well, as the soap film in the fur can cause vomiting.
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Posted by Candice (Victorville, CA) on 11/21/2006
We rescued two kittens, just to find out that they were infested with fleas. Since they were so young they could not use the traditional flea baths/powers/creams. This is when I searched (earthclinic) and seen the remedy. I decided to combine a couple of them.
*Dish soap (Ajax, but any will do).
*Rice Vinegar (this is just what I had)
*Heating pad (optional)
First-what I did was filled up the sink half way with lukewarm (make sure not too hot, because what is comfortable to us is hot to them) I then added the VINEGAR (any vinegar will work!) I put a very good helping.
Second-I dipped the kittens in the vinegar solution (minus their heads) then I began to massage the DISH SOAP on. YOU WILL SEE THE FLEAS RUNNING! They will be running towards the head. This is when you lather the kitten with the BABY SHAMPOO ... try your hardest not to get any in the eyes.
Third-Now dip the kitten back into the solution (making sure not to get the head wet) and use a cup or your hands to make sure that you are saturating the fur entirely.
Fourth-This is where it gets tricky. Using a pair of tweezers, tweeze off all of the fleas that you can. THIS IS TIME CONSUMING! But it is worth it! When done tweezing, redip and then rinse off with lukewarm (not too warm) water, and towel dry.
This is when the heating pad will come in handy. What I did was set it on LOW, and put a towel/small blanket over it and then set the kitten down on top if it (first checking to make sure that it wasn't too hot) this is when I went flea hunting once again. This was about an hour process, with two kittens. Once I was finished, I towel dried them very well, and the kittens went right to sleep. I haven't had any reinfestations and I only did this the one time. I have 10 (all rescued) cats and it would be very hard for me if they became reinfested, but so far so good! THANKS!
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Posted by A reader (Bloomington MN) on 10/05/2005
We run a foster-care home for cats. We take the animals from a shelters dealing with an overflow population problem. I've been including apple cider vinegar in cats diet, which is helping, but am still having the following problems - even with meds from the vet. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to get rid of the following:
FLEAS - currently on Frontline, ACV dip, and I've flea bombed the house 4 times and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. FVR - upper respitory infection that keeps going bacterial and can't shake
the viral. Feed cats ACV in soft food and vet put animals on an antibiotic, Clavamox.
CONJUNCTIVITIS - Cats are on eye drop meds from vet but not getting rid of problem
EAR MITES AND EAR YEAST INFECTIONS - On two ear drop meds from vet for both. The ears are looking better but cats are still trying to scratch way down inside their ears. I've made a wash with ACV, Witch Hazel, Olive Oil and Distilled Water. Is there something else I should be putting in wash to get rid of the problem?
RINGWORM - vet is having me pick up another drug from our local pharmacy today. We are having an adoption weekend a month from now and we will be taking in 13 more cats to get them healthy before the event. We are really looking for any kind of guidance. We are really not happy with the amount of drugs we are using and the vet doesn't offer any holistic remedies. Most cats range from 2-4 months in age. If you could even get me pointed in the right direction we'd all really appreciate it. This is a wonderful website and I wanted to thank you for creating it.
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Posted by S Nicholson (London) on 07/18/2014
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.
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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.
Posted by Love My Pets (Ny, Usa) on 10/03/2012
Hi. I found www.dogfoodadvisor.com 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.
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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.
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Posted by lynda (Bagley, usa) on 09/12/2007
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.
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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!
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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!
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.