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Aloe for Cat Diagnosed With Chronic Renal Failure

Posted By Rukmini (New Delhi, India) on 04/01/2012

"My cat, Chaki, has been diagnosed with CRF. I have been reading about pet remedies on your site. There have been reccomendations for a particular brand of Aloe Vera, which is not available in India. Can I give her a tiny bit of fresh aloe vera pulp from the plant which I have in a pot? I can put it into her food and should camouflage nicely. If so how much of it should I give? Chaki is in CRF but not yet acute. Would be most grateful for some info on this. - Rukmini"
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Posted By Judy (Small Town, Nh, Usa) on 04/07/2012

"Dear Rukmini, try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for your cat. Companies in U.S. Sell it, but one website in particular has many impressive testimonials for both cats and dogs (and people), and they send it out internationally. It's inexpensive to buy, though shipping is not inexpensive. DE has clay in it, which is known to absorb and eliminate toxins from the body. Our dog had kidney failure from Lyme disease. She would lick and lick a particular spot of earth in the backyard. I now know she was trying to ingest clay, which I've since learned animals often do when they're unwell. Try mixing a tsp. of DE into her food. If she won't take it that way, dust it on her fur; she'll lick it off. Low protein food is standard protocol for kidney issues. Coconut oil is also said to be helpful for the kidneys and liver. Try mixing a tsp. of it also into her food. Again, if she refuses it, apply it to her fur; she'll lick it off. Aloe is good for digestive issues, though the fresh pulp can be bitter. Taste some yourself and see. It's worth a try for your cat, but at a separate time from the coconut oil and DE. We learned about coconut oil on Earth Clinic; since then have read more. I'm sure both DE and coconut oil will help your cat. Thank you, Earth Clinic."
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Posted By Aida (Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia) on 04/22/2012

"My cat, boy aged 8 yrs has been diagnosed (high in amylase blood test) and also X-Ray shows abdnormal large liver. I have been reading about pet remedies on your website. Is there any particular brand of Aloe Vera, which is not available in Malaysia. Can I use my pot plant Aloe Vera for my cat? If so how much so I give it? At this moment my cat is under medication (liver, antibiotic and vomit pills), however my cat still vomit and he reluctant to consume liquid which we are trying to give it to him. His is having abdomen pain too. Would be very grateful for some advise and info on this. - Aida"
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Posted By Ajax (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 08/13/2012

"Please don't give aloe vera in any form to your cat! In the book The Complete Guide To Holistic Cat Care by Celeste Yarnall, PH. D. And Jean Hofve, D. V. M. , there is a section "Not all Supplements are Safe for Cats". It states, "Supplements that may work for humans and dogs can be deadly for cats, including the following:

ALOE VERA: It contains a latex-like compound that can cause serious irritation in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract if ingested by cats. It is often preserved with sodium benzoate, another toxin"

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Posted By Snickerdoodle (Chicago, Il) on 01/09/2013

"The latex is contained in the inner layer of the leaf's skin, but not the gel. Therefore, it is important that when buying Aloe gel or juice, that it's 'Inner Filet' only (nothing made from the Whole Leaf, as that would contain the latex/toxin). When cutting the gel out of a fresh leaf, just be generous and don't cut too close to the leaf's skin. I also wash the gel pieces (before putting them into the blender to liquify) to make sure any sap is removed; this also helps to remove the bitter taste. My cats get 1 tsp of fresh gel every day (the extracted gel lasts aprox. 3-5 days in fridge, in a tightly closed mason jar)

George's and Lily of the Desert make a juice w/o preservatives. (Holisticat article and Dr. Hofve point those two out as safe for cats, on their respective web sites)"

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Posted By Monique (Greenwich, Ct) on 01/13/2014

"Hi there -- if my cat is experiencing stomach upset -- is it ok to give her some drops of Nature's Way Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice Organic ?? Thank you."
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Posted By Theresa Donate (Mpls., Mn) on 01/13/2014

Theresa

The wonderful Theresa from Minneapolis, MN has been helping pet owners and their beloved pets around the world on Earth Clinic since 2013.

About Theresa

Theresa from Minneapolis was born and raised in the inner city, always wishing she had been raised on a farm.

Her love for creatures great and small began at an early age, starting with caterpillars - which continues to this day, along with an interest in all insects and 'creepy crawlies'.

Theresa's interest in pet health started with a bird keeping hobby at age 14, where she learned from another hobbyist that the simple addition of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in a bird's drinking water kept fungal infections away; she was able to share this with her avian vet who in turn prescribed it to her own clients; Theresa was surprised to learn that she could teach her vet a thing or two. This important lesson - that each of us can be a teacher - was a turning point for Theresa, and  fueled  her quest for the knowledge held in lore,  and remedies passed by word of mouth. That quest for knowledge continues to this day, as new and old remedies alike are explored. She may not have experience with a particular issue, but she will research it to the best of her ability and share what she finds freely, in the hopes that you can heal or improve your pet's health.

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"Hey Monique!

I think that it would be a good idea to try to settle your cat's stomach with the aloe vera juice, and it may help to get her appetite back.

Please let us know how it goes!"

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Posted By TheresaDonate (Mpls., Mn) on 10/02/2014

Theresa

The wonderful Theresa from Minneapolis, MN has been helping pet owners and their beloved pets around the world on Earth Clinic since 2013.

About Theresa

Theresa from Minneapolis was born and raised in the inner city, always wishing she had been raised on a farm.

Her love for creatures great and small began at an early age, starting with caterpillars - which continues to this day, along with an interest in all insects and 'creepy crawlies'.

Theresa's interest in pet health started with a bird keeping hobby at age 14, where she learned from another hobbyist that the simple addition of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in a bird's drinking water kept fungal infections away; she was able to share this with her avian vet who in turn prescribed it to her own clients; Theresa was surprised to learn that she could teach her vet a thing or two. This important lesson - that each of us can be a teacher - was a turning point for Theresa, and  fueled  her quest for the knowledge held in lore,  and remedies passed by word of mouth. That quest for knowledge continues to this day, as new and old remedies alike are explored. She may not have experience with a particular issue, but she will research it to the best of her ability and share what she finds freely, in the hopes that you can heal or improve your pet's health.

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How To Show Theresa Your Appreciation

If you would like to thank Theresa for her helpful posts, she asks if you would please consider making a donation to one of her favorite local rescue organizations, or by making a donation to help the genius contributor, Ted from Bangkok, recover from his stroke.  

http://www.piperslegacy.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Bobo-home/1409993732632080?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal

http://ted.earthclinic.com

"Thank you Trudyb!

The better advice for Monique is this: when using Aloe gel or juice for cats, use only the type that is labled 'Inner Filet' only - as this sourcing of the gel or juice does not use the whole leave and thus does not include the latex from the skin of the plat that is toxic to cats."

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Posted By Joanne (Victoria, Canada) on 05/30/2015

"George's tastes like water and is completely safe. Our cat goes on it and off it and has for years. I feed her a human diet with plenty of unrefined fats and she's 17 and has no health issues whatsoever. The kidneys of lab animals used to test aloe vera juice were found to last 25% longer. I am a firm believer in aloe vera juice for all, for a dozen varied reasons, and kidney health is one of them."
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Posted By Sharon (Northeastern Pa, Usa) on 04/28/2016

"How much do you give a cat to help with stomach upset due to kidney disease?"
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Posted By Jeb1 (Nyc) on 12/15/2016

"I give my 16 yr. female cat 1/2 tsp. of Aloe Vera Liquid once in the morning and once in the evening probably every other day. Since I've started giving it to her, she has had regular BMs"
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Posted By Ana B (Philippines) on 10/05/2017

"I read about your posts re kidney disease and aloe vera. I have a cat who was losing weight, had ammonia smell in mouth, was dehydrated and wasn't eating.

I bought Lakewood Organic Pure Aloe (with inner leaf) and mixed a tsp with her wet food and boiled egg yolk every morning for around 5 days already.

She has eats a lot now, pees well and seems to be stronger. She is slowly gaining weight and less dehydrated.

Am grateful for the posts you've made because your advices have helped her a lot.

Thank you!!"
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Posted By Christina (Ks) on 02/25/2018

"Recommending diatomaceous earth is not a good idea for any animal in renal failure. Specifically, it is a natural diuretic, so if the animal isn't drinking enough water, it will dehydrate the animal more and will increase BUN and Creatitine values. Also, it is known to cause kidney stones in animals that do not drink enough water. Plus, if the animal is already on a blood pressure medication, it will interact with it."
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Posted By Shay (South Africa) on 07/08/2021

"Latex which produces diarrhoea is found in and around the skin of the plant-not in the fillet within! The latter is beyond safe in even large amounts for cats. I've made and used aloe liquid gel [blended from the inner+ often including latex that seeps in] on all my cats for all rhymes and reasons and with great success. I even sell it to others for both humans and their fur family! Know that medi-sin's branch of veterinary medi-sin clearly do NOT want folk confident in its safety...where would THEY be then? Their shills prowl here and everywhere else. ;-)"
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Posted By Donna (Cape May) on 06/05/2022

"Getting the right aloe vera juice is essential. "Aloe Vera Inner Filet juice" indicates that it is without latex. Latex is contained in the outer parts (skin and the slimy residue right under the skin contain the latex residue."
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