Aug 15, 2016
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.
Remedies for Feline Respiratory Disease
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I have a home filled with kitties, inside and outside kitties (boys outside girls inside) including 6 small litters of kittens. One of our outside cats had gotten in the house for just a few minutes while bringing in the groceries and drank from the water bowls and ate from their food bowls as well. I never thought too much of it as long as he didn't try to mate with one of the new Mommies. While outside feeding the boy cats, we noticed that the same cat who came in earlier had what looked like a scraped chin or perhaps a burn from the tailpipe of a car. We cleaned it up with a soapy cloth and water then dabbed on Neosporin. By morning he looked awful, drooling everywhere, hoarse voice, lethargic and his fur was hideously crusty on both front legs and just overall unhealthy looking. The mouth sore got worse and was having a tough time eating hard food as well. Within a week all the cats inside and out had come down with his illness, it was a nightmare! I honestly thought they were all going to die. I was devastated to say the least but after reading the cat ailments, treatment and stories of how cats responded so well to OACV (ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR) I had a ray of hope!! It was worth a shot and I wasn't about to give up on these kitties (about 40 kitties) who are so dependant on us for care, especially under these circumstances!
After purchasing a 32oz.bottle of OACV at my local grocery store, I came home and made a batch of OACV/Water ratio of about 1/4 cup OACV to 1cup purified drinking water from our home water system. I'm sure any normal faucet water would work fine but wasn't sure at that point if I was going to try adding some to their drinking water- turns out I didn't need to do that after all. I soaked cotton balls in the solution and applied to each cat on back of their necks down thru shoulder blades and to all 4 of their paw pads, especially the fronts because they will lick them throughout their day when cleaning themselves and Wallahh!! OACV ingested by default! Most of them didn't respond with licking their paws right away as I had hoped but made sure they all had a pretty good soaking to their neckline and also their front paws topsides as well as paw pads. Make sure it gets in between their toes/claws as well so the solution gets in there real good causing them to lick due to feeling wet and uncomfortable perhaps. I did this just 2 times in 24 hr period and once the following day and what a remarkable difference. Not all cats healed at same rate but most of them made noticeable recovery within a couple of days. Their fur was looking healthier, the smell they all had while being so sick was diminishing and the drooling was almost gone as well. I continued to give them fresh clean water, thoroughly washing there water & food dishes daily including their litter boxes. Germs this serious can be spread thru their bowls being shared and their waste. I truly believe the OACV brought them back from a journey that was leading them to death. Upper respiratory illnesses in cats are seriously dangerous and many times fatal. Every cat owner should keep a bottle of. OACV on hand just in case- there are so many things it is good for! Go online, do some research, then try it for yourself. It doesn't hurt and it will help! Must be in the glass bottle, raw, unfiltered, stating "Organic" and "With The Mother" on the label.
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Posted by Xosallyoh (Kentucky) on 07/06/2016
I just tried apple cider vinegar today for my mommy cat. She's a stray that I adopted right after she had the babies (all but two died, very sickly). She has never been in great health, coat is rough, but I have no history. The two surviving kittens appear to be great. Both were sick when I got them but have recovered. I used colloidal silver wash for their eyes and in water, give them lysine in the food.
Mom just started sneezing her head off about a week ago. It has steadily gotten worse. So I did the ACV on a cotton ball, rubbed her feet and scruff of neck. I've done it twice today and she has not sneezed again. That is hugely exciting for me :) I will report back after a few days. Thank you, EarthClinic. I've been a faithful reader since about 2006, this is my first review.
Posted by Sylvie (Plantagenet, On) on 05/16/2016
Small world with similar posts! I've been treating another kitten with stubborn upper respiratory! The only thing really working for her is mixture of half water and half of organic apple cider vinegar!
I dip his front paw in it, clean up his nose and rub under it, and with a cotton ball I dip it in the mixture and rub the scruff part of the next 2-3 times, rub her ears inside and put about 10 drops in his can food! This is the only thing helping him!! It's been 3 days now and he looks so much better! 👍
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Posted by Erin (Ferrysburg, Mi) on 11/27/2015
Thank you so much for the apple cider vinegar tip. Read on best method for administering to cats last night. The night we adopted our beautiful cat he came down with the sneezes. By the next night he has a fever of 106.5. The vet diagnosed him with Upper Respiratory Infection. He seemed to be getting better for a day or 2 but on Thursday he got even worse. He had green/yellow gunk coming out of his eyes and nose. He stopped eating and his fever was back up to 106. After finding this site I Ran out and got some raw organic apple cider vinegar last night. First I did a steam bath where I put him in his cage, covered half with a towel over a mixture of hot steaming ACV and water. Let it steam him out in the cage for 10-15 minutes. Then I rubbed some on his back and front paws. Repeated this once more before bedtime. This morning I woke up and he greeted me good morning. His temp was down to 103.5. He ate some food (which he hasn't done in a couple days). Tonight he seems even better. Yay!!!! I'll continue to give him these treatment for a few days and hopefully he will get all better.
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Posted by Gatitos And Kittens (Barcelona, Spain) on 11/11/2014
I live in spain and I have a colony of 15 cats. With the cold weather they have almost all gotten sick with FRI or URI. I am unable to pay for a vet for these kitties and obviously things like keeping them in a warm room or seperating the sick from the healthy is impossible with a feral colony so I am going to use the ACV approach. Today is going to be day one of the approach and I would like to document it as I go to help others out there. I will be doing it here and on a social network where they have a page and praying the outcome is positive. I am currently with 9 full grown adults, females are spayed, two kittens 9 months old and four kittens about 4 months old. All the sick ones are with runny nose and eyes, laboured breathing and sneezing and coughing fits. I have started treating the kittens with a 50% water to ACV on back of necks, face wash and on their food. I will try update often. Wish me luck!!
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Posted by Tim (Jackson,ga.) on 04/01/2014
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.
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Posted by Zabrina (Cape Breton, NS) on 02/21/2014
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?
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Posted by Lilahkat (Duffield, Ab) on 08/08/2013
Finding a stray kitten, I took him in and was raising him until I could find a new home for him. Recently he came down with an upper respiratory infection that had me worried for his life. He was having a hard time breathing, mucus was covering his nose and drying making it hard for him to breath or eat.
I knew steaming could be helpful, but I thought perhaps the 'cure-all' of apple cider vinegar would help as well. I added about a cup of pure Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) to a liter of boiling hot water and steamed him for approximately 20 mins in the cat carrier. Immediately afterwards, he went and drank a lot of water (which was an improvement as he was refusing to eat or drink previously). This morning when I went to look to see if I should steam him again - his nose was encrusted, so I cleaned it but after that, there is no more mucus and he's eating.
I've steamed kittens in the past with just plain water but have never had the fast turn around that I've had with little Frankie. He's resting now, more social with my other cats.
EC: Please, of course use special care in using steam treatment on pets and children. It's not always clear when they are in pain, and even adults burn themselves with steaming much too often!
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Posted by Diamond (Merrimac, Ma.) on 02/18/2011
Isn't borax used like as in ajax? also washing powder? I used the apple cider vinegar with a very sick kitten, she had upper respiratory problems, with diarrhea, vomiting leaky eyes, one eye was completely closed, I used a few drops of the cider for a week and every sign of illness is gone even the closed eye is completely open, my only worry now is her organs? plus she is no longer urinating or moving bowels?I am trying a mild herb which is my own daily fiber caps.
I just love this site it's awsome & very informative. Thank you.
EC: Read much more about borax here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/borax.html
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Posted by Lisa (Canton, Maine) on 03/09/2009
I read the comments about ACV, I have 4 very sick cats and 2 of the worst on amoxicillin (not helping at all). I gave an eyedropper full of the ACV to my worst one (Samantha) last night and it took a while, but this morning I don't see or hear her coughing and hacking, or sneezing hardly at all. She's actually sleeping right now (whew). I gave her .75- 1.0 ML in the eyedropper and had to forcefeed it. I lost my oldest cat to this sickness last Monday and all of the others caught it very quickly. Thank you for the ACV advice, I don't know yet if it's curing whatever this is, if not it's sure as hell helping alot. Thanks
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Posted by Patricia (Pittsburgh, PA) on 10/13/2008
Apple Cider Vinegar & Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
This is my third day giving my cat ACV. Although this seems to be helping just a bit, he throws up every time I give it to him & then he is nauseous for a couple hours afterward. I don't know whether I should keep giving it to him or not.. Because him throwing up twice a day is not good for him. After he throws up, I give him another dose ( which always stays down) But, still he looks sick as hell afterwards! He hates me for it. I'll keep it up for another few days or so. Hopefully it will help out more than it hurts. My cat is 16 years old & has been since for months now. Vet visits have done nearly nothing to help... I'm hoping for a miracle. I will update with the status of ACV & Figuro in one week.
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Posted by Regina (Mountain Home, Idaho) on 09/23/2008
Out of my 5 cats, 4 of them came up with Upper Respitory Infection. Since I couldn't afford Vet bills and meds for 4 cats, I searched the internet and found this site with it's testimonies of using ACV to treat URI's. So I began rubbing it into the scruff of the necks of my kitties and putting about a teaspoon into their drinking water. I also rubbed a little on their front paws so that they would lick it out. Within hours, the two with leaky eyes were cleared up and I noticed a change in appetite and energy in all of them. Now, 2 days later they still sneeze a little but no leaky eyes or runny nose, no lethargy or lack of appetite, no wheezing and hacking. I had used the ACV on their necks and paws every 12 hours and changed their water daily, putting new ACV in. This stuff stinks terribly but it truly does work. I plan on keeping some in their water for at least the next few weeks and might continue after that just to keep them healthy.
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Posted by Mom (Colorado ) on 02/16/2016
I have two cats; one female and one male. The male cat Ferguson is about 1.5 years old and he came down with a “kitty cold” about two weeks ago. He was sneezing a lot through the day and the sneezing continued to the next day. I noticed he wasn't up running around and playing like normal. I kept an eye on him and by the 3rd day he was getting watery eyes and runny nose. He looked pale in the gums and felt like he was running a fever. I read about the apple cider vinegar so on the first night of treatment, I used the half water half vinegar method. I rubbed it on his paws, neck, whiskers, and in front of his ears. But more importantly, I really wanted him to get him hydrated quickly. I gave him chicken bone broth. I was making some chicken gumbo that night anyway and I was boiling a chicken for about an hour. Bones and all. Then I strained out the broth and gave him some after it cooled. Luckily he still had an appetite and he drank a lot of it. That exact next day he looked a thousand times better. I continued both the vinegar and bone broth into the second day and also added water into his soft food. I tried to up his fluids any way I could. Every day he got better and better and by the end of the week all of his symptoms vanished. I'm very happy that my Fergie full of spunk is back in action! I think the Bone broth really helped more than anything because it's chalked full of vitamins and antioxidants. Upping his fluids and getting a boost of vitamins really helped a ton. I really hope this helps all of you.
Posted by Sagittarius74 (Tracy, California ) on 08/02/2016
Hi, my cat has severe upper respiratory infection and has been battling this virus for a year. I've looked everywhere for help by 4 different veterinarians and spending $1,500 u.s. Dollars on medicines and lab tests trying to resolve the problem and save his life. I've tried orbax, famiclover, lysine, and others. I'm currently using clavimox which is the only medication keeping him alive.my question is should I go with colloidal silver Orally at 10ppm for several days or OACV instead? Thank you if you could help me.
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