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.
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.
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Posted by Maria (Louisville, Ky) on 02/21/2013
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Posted by Nicole (San Diego, CA) on 07/26/2008
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.
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
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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
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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.
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Posted by Tia (Eugene, Oregon) on 08/09/2008
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.
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