Last Modified on Oct 13, 2014
Feline respiratory infections can be a common problem in homes with multiple cats, in catteries and especially among animal shelters and pet shops. Because the virus is airborne it can spread very swiftly from one cat to another and before too long the entire population is often infected. There are two main viruses that contribute to feline respiratory diseases, one is feline rhinotracheitus and the other is feline herpes. Symptoms may present themselves slowly in the beginning with the occasional sneeze and then progressing to a loss of appetite. The animal may begin to lose weight, become dehydrated, exhibit signs of excessive sneezing, begin to cough, may present a fever, become depressed and lethargic and produce discharge from the eyes, nose and as a result of coughing.
In homes where there are multiple cats it is wise to segregate the infected cat as soon as possible to prevent the others from contracting it. The sooner you begin to treat the problem the better the possibility for a speedy recovery and the less chance there is that it will progress to a serious illness or even pneumonia.
There are two homeopathic treatments that can aid in the recovery of the animal. Use Peruvian Bark to help the cat bounce back from the weakening effects of the virus and to fight off dehydration. Phosphate of Iron used in addition to the Peruvian bark will help relieve the cat's symptoms of sinusitis and the general effects of the virus.
Your main priority in the beginning of this virus should be to ensure that your cat does not stop eating and drinking. If necessary, attempt to force feed the animal water with a syringe and mix some sugar or corn syrup in with it to increase the sugar content, which will help to combat dehydration. When an animal is sick it is more likely to eat something that it can smell. For this reason it might be wise to feed the cat some fishy smelling canned food. If your pet is on a regular diet of dry food, the weak scent will not likely be incentive enough for it to want to eat it.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||7 YEAS|
[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 and 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 1 cup 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.
I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!! I don't have apple cider vinegar in the bottle yet but I do have the pills and they are 500mg. My 1 and a 1/2 yr.old male Maine Coon cat Rocky, has a respiratory infection. What would be the safe dose to give him? He's about 10 lbs could be a little more but only by a pound or 2. I don't have the money for a vet and what I've been seeing and hearing, antibiotics don't cure this anyway. Does aanyone out there know the dose for the pill form and if that will work till I can get him the bottle AVC?