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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!

Replied 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...
Replied 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.
Replied 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.

Multiple Ailments   0  0   

Posted by Carolyn (Chattanooga, Tn Usa) on 10/16/2012

Our Garfield, about 10 years old, had a bad fall down into a small spot between a desk and book case. We have made several trips to the vet, but he is still not eating or using his back legs much. In spite of the appetite stimulant, he just won't eat. I have been givind him food and water with a syringe, orally. I need a homemade recipe for shampoo with no chemicals, reccomendations for appetite enhancers, and a homemade device to put training wheels on a cat. We also need miracles, if anyone has an excess. Thank you. My email address is Carolynyharris02(at)

Multiple Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Sheri (Atascadero, Ca) on 10/06/2014

My Maine Coon rescue has had an ongoing case of feline herpes virus. ACV, steam, and one 7-day treatment of amoxicillin helped him through acute phase. He started eating again and felt a lot better. I still give him diluted organic ACV and lysine powder in his food, but the hacking cough has hung on for many months. The vet told me to try one drop of 0.5% phenylephrine in each nostril about 3 times a day. That's Neosynephrine. He hates it but the drops seem to help. Its been a week and no more coughing.

Nail Infection   0  0   

Posted by Heebie (Toronto, On, Canada) on 01/04/2013

Hello. My calico cat is 12 years old. About a year ago I found she had a black crusty substance at the bottom of one of her nail close to the skin. I took her to the vet who said it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics. She was on Clavamox for a few weeks. The antibiotics seems to help, but even after two rounds it never went away completely.

Recently I noticed that it had returned and had now spread to three nails, and two of them are also infected. Behind the black sludge is a thick greenish white pus. I have been washing out the nails with diluted hydrogene peroxide, and using some antibotic cream that is safe for pets. One nail did clear up, but the other two are still infected.

She does not seemed to be bothered by this or in any pain, she is more bothered when I clean it. Any suggestions? I can take her back for more antibiotics, but they didn't seem to work all that well and was hoping for another solution.

I do have another cat as well as a dog, and I have checked all of their nails and nothing has spread to them, so I am assuming this is not a fungal infection.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Natural Aids for Milk Production   0  0   

Posted by Ashley (Canada) on 07/01/2014

I have a young cat who just had 7 tiny kittens. She had a very long labour with one kitten stuck for about 10 hours before hubby and I pulled it out, dead :( We thought she was done after 6, came home from work to another one, but dead :( :( When I went to change the bloody bedding from their box, we examined the kittens and found one to be severely deformed and needed to be put down :(they are 1/2 manx kittens and spine and leg deformities are common) Mama cat has been with her babies nearly constantly and is very nurturing so I think she will do a great job but I have felt her mammaries and they seem to be completely empty. I am wondering what I can give her to help her produce enough milk to nourish her tiny little babies...can I give her a fennel tea? any other advice is much appreciated TIA!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Ashley!

If this were my cat I would take her to the vet immediately to ensure all the placentas have been expelled. A vet visit now - along with a shot of oxytocin to clear out the uterus which will also help bring down the milk - is far cheaper than an emergency room visit for a rotting retained placenta.

That said, check your queens nipples to make sure they are not blocked by waxy plugs. You can boost milk supply by making sure your queen has fresh water and is not dehydrated. Feeding high quality protien is a must at this time; feed her high quality food 4x day at this stage of the game. I find that milk supply will increase as the kits grow and drink more.

Neurological Problems   0  0   

Posted by Catlover (Cincinnati,ohio) on 09/30/2014

I have a one yr old male cat that developed neurological problems after neutering. Have seen 3 vets, last one holistic. He is now unable to walk, likes to stretch his head back, are syringing food part time. He is on choline, immune boosters, liver pills and minerals....not seeing any improvement..does anyone have any ideas? Such a precious little guy, thanks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Catlover!

Sorry to hear about your sweet boy.

Are you taking him to Mount Healthy Animal Hospital? If so, the only other thing I can think of would be a vet who practices EFT. You can do this yourself if you cannot find a vet:

Sending healing prayers to you both.


Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hi Catlover -- the only thing I can think of is to take BRAHMI or its other name GOTU KOLA. It works on the brain and nervous system. You could mix it with some honey, say a quarter tsp. of the powder in warm water twice a day for some time. Have you examined his eyes? Did you find a fine line on the outer part of his pupil?

You can get this as a powder on line and it is a famous Ayurvedic remedy. It even repairs brain damage and is a powerful blood cleanser.

Did your cat get an injection? A vaccination?

I hope things will improve. Namaste , Om

Replied by Catlover
Cincinnati, OH
Thanks so much for responding, we asked for the rabies vac. not to be given, suspect it was. I just noticed a line across one of his eyes yesterday, what is that a symptom of? Again appreciate advice, will check into Brahmi ASAP.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
Hello Catlover --- people in general who have their animals/pets vaccinated, should examine their pets eyes. That fine line indicates damage to the nervous system.

The rabies vaccination is one of the most damaging poisons of all vaccinations; of course all four fold, etc. vacs. No homeopathic meds can correct it even though people think Thuja will eradicate damage - to no avail.

The truth about rabies here in Canada, for example, is that whenever the Press heard of an unsubstantiated incident, they blew it up to untold proportions, creating public scare and the tactic worked: money flowed into the coffers of the professional sector I.e. veterinary businesses.

When then, after a while, it became public that indeed there was no proof of rabies in the end, it was not given prominence and business was established.

For example, just yesterday I found out gov't has removed all deworming meds from the pet/feed stores. To force us spending a fortune on even one lousy pill plus bring in the animal, plus, plus. Bottomline: greed and manipulation of the public. The professional community lives by the society but holds it to ransom.

You will need to research to at least reverse the damage done to your pet and upbraid the vet who went against your request not to do what he brazenly did. Stand up for your rights. Your decision was not respected.

My only solace in view of all this is the knowledge I have from India's spiritual sector is that "what is seen now will not be seen again". Those that do damage to beings and the environment will not be forgiven. For us who know this, there is personal responsibility.

We will have a completely different medical system in the near future but we have to be patient and have faith.

Namaste, Om

Pau D'arco for UTI   1  0   

Posted by Nicole (San Diego, CA) on 07/26/2008

[YEA]  A couple years ago my cat had a urinary tract infection (I assumed - he was peeing all around the house right in front of me and there would be little if any urine and blood in it). I took him off of dry food and put some drops of Pau D'Arco Herbal Glycerite Extract into his water bowl. Within a day his behaviour changed and his kitty litter box was put to good use. He went back to being the happy crazy cat he was before - and I no longer get cheap dry food! He's never had another infection in the past couple years and he has a preference for dry food. I probably put about 10 drops or so of the extract (mine was alcohol free and from Herb Pharm) into his bowl and kept him inside to make sure he wouldn't get water from another source.... but that was about 2 years ago so I'm not sure on the exact amount.

Plasma Cell Pododermatitis Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Maria (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 07/09/2013

Pododermatitis in my cat. Please do you know of any thing that can help my poor cat he has such bad paws they are really swollen and look very very bad. I can see he has trouble putting pressure on them an now has his paws extended to take a bit of pressure off paws. He had had steriods at the vet serveral times injected only helped for short time and doesn't really work much. I have sprayed colloidal silver on paws to see if this helps but still sore. Have you got any ideas, I feel it cruel to have him in such pain and want to try to heal him asap. Thanks Maria

Replied by Om
Hope Bc, Canada
Please obtain MMS and see protocols online. It should be the one thing that will work.

See GreenMeds online to inform yourself of the dangers of statins. Stay away from pharma drugs. Hope your dear cat will respond to treatment. I am about to take MMS myself, so is my little dog. All the best and keep in touch. Om

Plasmacytic Pododermatitis   0  0   

Posted by Kate59 (Kingston, Ny, United States) on 11/16/2012

Love your site. 3 years ago I adopted a one-yr-old cat, named Jon Jon. After 6 months he developed swollen front pads, bloody and sore. My cats are all indoors. I contacted the vet and the lady I adopted him from. Surgery to remove the pads were recommended.

After researching on the web, I found some vets using doxycycline to treat the plasmacytic pododermatitis. My vet wrote me a prescription and within days his pads were normalizing. I followed the protocol. 2 weeks later they became swollen again, so again I used the doxycycline.

I decided (instead of constant antibiotic treatment) to put him on probiotics. He's been fine ever since! Everyday I sprinkle a small amount of refrigerated probiotic on his wet food (a small amount of wet food). Once a day. One capsule lasts 5 - 6 days for him.

Just wanted to share this with any readers having this problem with a cat or a dog. Thanks! Kate

Replied by Marlene
San Diego
What brand/type of probiotics are you feeding your cat? I'm afraid my cat has the same disease.
Replied by Kate77
Hudson Valley, Ny
The probiotics I use are the solgar brand or sloray in the refrigerated section of the health food store They run about 25 dollars for 60 pills. We take the same ones so our cat consumes about 3 pills per bottle, given a dash each day in his food, No plasmacytic pododermatitis in 5 years.....YaY!

Pumpkin   0  0   

Posted by Mary Ann (Southington, CT) on 06/09/2009

I am interested in giving my cat canned pumpkin with her food. Just a little bit, but cannot find it. All I can find is the pumpkin pie filling. Can you tell me where I locate this.

EC: If it's 100% pumpkin, it will work! We found ours in the grocery store aisle next to the canned cherries (for cherry pie)... If your brand contains other ingredients besides pumpkin, try Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

Replied by Katylucyb
Wichita, Ks
Pumpkin is a vegetable so look in the canned vegetable section for pure 100% pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling. My store stocks it in both the vegetable section and with the pie fillings.

Respiratory Infection   2  0   

Posted by Tia (Eugene, Oregon) on 08/09/2008

[YEA]  A long time ago, my parents stumbled across the medicinal properties of Goldenseal. Last year, during the rainy Oregon winter, a 1/2 feral litter of kittens started trying to find shelter on my porch. Not long after they started coming around, the mother left them (went into heat i assume) and came back with a hellish upper respiratory infection. She proceeded to spread it to the whole litter. I had no money to take them to a vet, and they were dying of it. I wasn't sure if the Goldenseal would be poisonous to them, but I figured they were so bad off, it was worth a try. I used the liquid extract, started small, maybe one dropperfull to two cans of wet food, and eventually raised it to 3 droppersfull (between 1 adult and 5 3-4 month old kittens). They improved from even the smaller amounts, and improved drastically from higher dosages. Although for those that couldn't smell the wet food, i had to mix a few drops in canned salmon or tuna juice to get them to eat it. It didn't harm them. I swear by the stuff now, and have used it on my own indoor cats (though I've never gotten them to take it without forcing them.) Everyone should be aware that goldenseal doesn't just work on humans.

Replied by Tony
goldenseal, ill 10 year old female cat suffers w phlem build up have to use clavamox 4 x year to relieve her. looking for a natural alternative....thanks!
Replied by Jennifer
Dexter, Maine
i have a kitten about 6 months old he had come down with a cough when he coughs he acts like he has something cought in his throat but i had checked and there was nothing i know he has a cold i was wondering what i could give him to help him get over it? i can't afford to take him to the vets right now.i am on a fixed income so any thing that someone thinks might work please please help me we call him baby kitty he was sick and small when we got him please help me.someone told me to wipe a small amount of vicks on his bed but i didn't dare cause i don't want to lose my baby by my mess up he is still eating his wet food but not to much of his kitten chow. please help me.

Posted by Rathmussen (Montreal, Canada) on 06/03/2008

[YEA]  I took the tip from someone on this site to put ACV on the scruff of my cat to help with a respiratory infection, and not only did it help her condition a bit, her whole coat has become magically lush. I don't know if it was spread everywhere from us petting her or brushing her with a baby brush, or if it was absorbed through her skin and spread from there, but wow. She was always a scruffy runt, but now she's downright regal looking!

Replied by Amber
Houston, TX
I was just wondering how long it took for your cat to get over the infection once you used the ACV? My kitten has conjunctivitis and a URI, the vet was going to charge me $200 for his visit. After reading this site I decided to try it on him. I'm hoping it clears up soon.
Replied by Joy
Addy, WA
Hi Amber,

We have 15 cats which are up to at least 16 years old. We have not had to take them to a vet for a long time. (I would definitely take any of them that needed to go- in case of emergency to a natural vet near us.) Many of our cats were very sick when we got them (one was diagnosed with FIV 10 years ago), and several were dying from distemper, etc. Today, they are healthy and fluffy, with shiny coats and eyes. Some look like show cats.

For any eye infections, we have homemade Colloidal Silver that is dropped into the eyes several times a day with a dropper.(I also use it for pinkeye on myself and the results are almost instant.) I buy Colloidal Silver online for any other illnesses. It works quickly.

For nutrition, we switched to a raw, homemade diet for our cats, and that made all the difference. We use a basic recipe, and then add some beneficial herbs to it.

Along with the CS, any of our seriously ill cats recieved a mixture given by dropperfuls at intervals daily.

Two of our cats were dying from a URI years ago (They got it at the vet's office when being fixed, and nothing he gave them later helped. Blood was coming out of their noses, and they hadn't eaten in 4 days.) I was new to natural cures and gave them several drops of echinacea straight after looking up the amount in a book. This was so powerful they were sputtering, but both were eating within a half hour. I had to continue with the echinacea for about a month until they were completely recovered.

Giving echinacea and vitamin c is much easier (and safer in the case of a kitten or very weak cat) on the patient when mixed in the drops, though. You just measure how much they can have a day, and then put that in your dropper bottle along with other ingredients. Give a little every hour or couple hours or so around the clock if the illness is serious.

A tiny kitten would of course, take much less than a cat. But you would want to give enough to get rid of the infection.

In conclusion, i would give Colloidal Silver on an empty stomach several times a day. A small squirt from a dropper in the side of the mouth. With a different bottle, i would put a few drops of CS in each eye several times a day.

Next, i would put about 8 drops of echinacea in a dropper bottle, 1/8 tsp fish oil, 500 mg Vitamin C Powder. (If possible, i would also put a drop Vitamin E, 1/8 tsp nutrional yeast flakes, 1/8 tsp. barley grass powder, 1/8 tsp. liver powder, 1/4 tsp. colostrum, all available inexpensively in bulk online from a single place.) Mix the ingredients with a little chicken broth for flavor and to liquify. With experience you can gauge how much broth to put with the ingredients to enable you to finish all the drops in a day. Wrap your kitten gently in a towel before giving him the drops. Slowly squeeze part of a dropper into the side of his mouth so he doesn't choke and can breathe well. Give this entire amount during a day. Next day fix it again. Continue daily for a while even after the kitten has appeared to recover, gradually reducing the amounts of Vitamin C and echinacea.

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you want any more specifics.

I hope your kitten recovers well,


Replied by Liana
Mississauga, Canada
To Joy:

Please, tell us what ingredients you feed daily to your cats, and also what beneficial herbs you used.

I am looking after a stray cat that lives in my neighbourhood (including my house). He seems to have a bad cold. I fed him chicken broth with many pieces of chicken. For the last 2 days I have fed him cod liver oil. These 2 remedies seem to help somewhat. I have also put ACV his scruff as recommended by a contributor to this website.

If anybody else has suggestions on what to do with a cat that is otherwise very healthy, I would appreciate it so much.

Replied by Angela
Federal Way, WA
I would love it if you would clarify what it was that you call a "basic" homemade cat food. I could guess as to the perfect mix, but I really don't know what a cat needs. Do you or anyone else out there?

Severe Respiratory Remedies   0  0   

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

Hello: I have an 8 lb./8 y/o Maine Coon mix cat with severe respiratory problems, and, lately, very smelly poo. She appears to breath normally. She has episodes of what at first seems like vomiting, but, is actually a congestion type cough that goes 10 rounds each. Her stool has become very smelly although otherwise appears normal. She has been fed healthfully with WELLNESS cat food and additions of fruits/veggies, given no supplements. She is a complete indoor cat--never goes outside--ever.

I have tried a remedy containing Yarrow, Lemon Balm, Ester Flowers, Echinaces, Goldenseal--with no results. Weight is holding--no loss. No other symptoms.

Has anyone tried successful respiratory remedies on their cats? Thanks.

Replied by Om
Hope, Canada, B.C
After losing several cats due to respiratory illness where antibiotics only made them worse, not to speak of the bills! I am using turmeric on my cats when they come down with stuffed nose, etc. Take a syringe with a mild solution of turmeric and water (more turmeric the better) and immediately stand by with paper towels when they expell and retch. A lot of mucus will come out, the nose clears and they can smell again and eat. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and has many health benefits including cancer treatment. My cat, so treated, was well within three days and I was amazed. I am not using vets/antibiotics any longer. It is useless and draining on the resources. I wish I had known this before. There is Om's Organics on the net, read up on turmeric. (it is not me). Good luck. Om

Sinusitis Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Astrid (Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom) on 04/19/2013

My 6 month old kitten got feline flu when in the RSPCA rescue kennels with her mum and sister. She got really bad over a period of 2 months ending with a big cyst full of pus over her sinusis. I treated her with homeopathic Kali bich/goldseal/pulsatilla drops and the cyst burst and she recovered very quickly, having a quick grow spurt and catching up with her sister soon. The whole cat family got feline flu nosode in their drinking water for a period of two weeks. After that, Jinx (the poorly one) got the sniffles again after one month. Another dose of homeopathic kalibich/goldseal/pulsatilla drops sorted her out within 2 days. Mummy cat and sister got some sniffles at the same time but nothing serious. No mucky eyes or discharge from the nose in any of them, other than a bit of sneezing so now and then, and some crumbly brown discharge from both kittens left ear, no other symptoms were noticed on this occassion.

Now, Jinx has gone down again with a severly blocked nose. NO discharge other than her ear again, which is minimal. This time the drops have no effect at all. The nosode added to her drinking water is not doing anything either. I have been given her half a capsule of Echinasea in her food 2x day for the last week, ACV diluted in water 3x a day for the last 3 days, and this morning I rinsed (very carefully) her nostrils with sea salt solution. Nothing seems to have any effect. Her breathing is laboured and sounds very dry and although she just accepts her lot and eats and drinks well, it is making her tired and she has not grown as well. She looks good generally, although she is still smaller and not so active as her sister but I worry how the lack of good breathing is going to affect her in the long term.

Has anybody any advise? There is no homoepathic vets nearby, and I have tried everything I feel could help her. They are fed natural food and our house is not central heated or carpeted. I really would appreciate your advise. THank you very much.

Note: whilst in the RSPCA kennel, the whole family had their first Feline flu vaccination (I don't do vaccinations, not for our animals or my family).

Replied by Astrid
Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire
I posted here hoping to get help for my kitten. Does anyone have any suggestions as she is struggling to breath trough her nose at the moment. Even been to my vet and he said that other than trying some anti biotics, he has nothing for her, but he thinks there is no infection as such, so doesn't like to dish out unnecessary medicine. Any help to make her breath better would be very appreciated.
Replied by Bw
Bellevue, Wa
Astrid, I have come upon a website from a homeopathic vet in the USA who does consultations by email or phone or Skype. I have never used his services so I cannot vouch for his efficacy, but since you mentioned that there is no other such vets close to you, it might be worth consulting with him:
Replied by Astrid
Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire, Uk
That sounds definitely worth trying! Thanks ever so much. Need to do something as I can't see her struggle for breath any longer, although she seems to cope somehow. Animals! They can teach us a thing or two. Thanks again.
Replied by Natalie
Va, US
Try lysine powder or treats. Its my cure all for raising the immune system.

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