For those of you out there with aging cats - they need better nutrition as they age. Here is my suggestion....I love my fur kitties - and because I am a very busy person, I have a system that keeps them healthy - my eldest is 18 years old.
- Organic ACV/Filtered water 50/50 mix. 2cc in am and pm. I use a syringe. 4 days on, 3 days off.
- Organic wet pet food. Different varieties.
- Limited vaccinations.
- Filtered drinking water only
- Morning dab of organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil on their paws. Just a dab on each paw. They lick it.
So far, so good.
Hi, Suzan. Hug your cat, tell him you love him. Keep him as comfortable as possible and if he appears to be suffering, do the right thing and take him to the vet for a final hug until he sleeps in peace. His behavior is absolutely normal for an old cat. You will also notice that he gets very thin even though he is eating well. In the last part of your cat's life, his kidneys will begin to fail him. His other organs will follow suit. Keep him warm. He has very little fat on his body. Are his teeth OK? Many older cats find it hard to eat hard food. That having been said, don't make any sudden changes to his diet. Your vet may add a high-fat soft food to it, though. They sell a very good one for sick and old cats. Good luck to you, Suzan. My best friend, Max lived to be 17. He was a blue point siamese. He used to walk on a leash through the crowds at DFW airport. He was amazing! He's been gone for 4 years now and I still miss him so much. Cherish your cat while you still have him.
Echinacea, Vitamin C
I have two cats and both caught a nasty upper respiratory infection, which also developed into conjunctivitis. I tried ACV for four days, as prescribed by many, but nothing worked. If anything, they were only getting worse. So after reading other sites and recalling some herbal advice from our parents, my boyfriend and I decided to create a different treatment. We decided to give them some Echinacea and Vitamin C. They were not eating or moving because they were so sick. So we also bought some wet food that had a TON of juice (and barely any meat), used an eye dropper and force fed them the juice supplements. On the first night, for each cat we used half a capsule of Echinacea, half a tablet of Vitamin C, and mixed it with wet food juice. The effect was immediate! I saw a change in their behavior the following morning. They moved very little but it was a significant change. It was so significant, in fact, I felt motivated to do a little more research and found that L-Lysine might be helpful too. So we bought that the same morning and determined that for each cat (they are both close to 6 months) we would add a full capsule of Echinacea, with a full tablet of L-Lysine to two of their meals. The third meal would consist of half a capsule of Echinacea and half a capsule of Vitamin C. By the second night they were already eating on their own. They seemed to have a hard time swallowing so we bought more of the "soupy" wet food, which encouraged them to eat--they didn't even mind the supplements in them. Also, on the first night my boyfriend bought an over-the-counter homeopathic pink eye solution for them. We gave them, that first night, one drop in each eye (we were too scared to do more). One of my cats had excessively watery eyes; the other cat had obvious and strong symptoms of conjunctivitis--he couldn't even open his infected eye. Since then, we've been giving them about 2 to 3 drops daily throughout the day. Well, it's officially the 7th night of their treatment and they are almost entirely healed. They only have the remnants of sneezing. My cat with the excessively watery eyes doesn't have them anymore and my cat with the strong case of conjunctivitis is almost cured as well. We've check his eyes by spreading them gently while applying the drops and now there is barely any swelling and redness--his eyes look very healthy! They are FULL of energy, running around and playing. They are acting as if they were never sick! I am so surprised this natural treatment worked at all. I didn't expect to see such immediate results. I truly believe that it was the Echinacea and L-Lysine that helped them, but it's hard to tell since we included the Vitamin C and the pink eye solution to their treatment. Anyway, I thought I'd post my case on here in case anyone finds themselves in the same situation. I was desperate and scared out of my wits for my cats. When I first read the posts on this website, I was excited to find so many ACV success stories. Unfortunately for me, they did not work for my cats. But I'm happy this treatment is working for them. I haven't had any side effects yet. I'll continue the treatment and post another update soon.
PLEASE do not lay the cat on his back to feed anything. They need to be facing down like when they are eating. The food or liquid may go down the wrong pipe into his lungs and make the cat very sick and will be very painful, particularly with vinegar.
I have an 18 yr old Tabby. He isn't eating much and has arthritis in his back legs. We just had him to the Vet and his blood tests were largely inconclusive. The Vet advised that he was slightly anemic which according to the Vet is not uncommon in senior cats. I am a big fan of DMSO. Is it possible to give DMSO to cats? And if the answer is "yes" could you recommend a dosage.
Many Thank, Heather
I know its been a year but right now I'm giving my cat dmso mixed with organic cold filtered apple cider vinegar with the mother. Also honey and coconut oil. The apple cider vinegar w dmso w coconut oil, I put it on his fur. I first wipe him with rubbing alcohol pretty good rub.(I put it on myself first so he doesn't know the smell is him) and he thinks I'm just massaging him. After it dries I rub the mixture on his fur. On his head and neck and down by his kidneys. I just don't let him see me with the glass. When I'm done and calm I grab the honey and put on my fingers and rub on front paws.
I also have been making food in the blender w can catfood inner filet aloe juice and taurine and water. Now all 3 of my cats won't eat fresh out of the can. I tried raw and cooked ( tried each for a week) since I've stopped all the meds and forcing him to drink, went natural they are doing well.
Just a little note, I was on so much medication, I never felt hungry. Now my dogs, cats and myself are going natural we all are living life. not just existing..
My 3 yo male cat had surgery 5 days ago for a blocked bladder. He had also had 'crystals' when he was a kitten, even before he was neutered he managed to sort himself out back then with the help (or not) of some injections, tablets and a few consults.
This time was different he was in distress i rushed him to the vet on Thursday morning, they kept him there they said they sedated,unblocked him and had him on an IV drip but wanted to keep him for two nights. I paid visitsbut he became VERY distressed in there. Friday night, he looked near dead. I made them take out the IV drip and let me bring him home as there was no body at all in the surgery overnight.
He was happy to be home but by Saturday night i knew that he was blocking up again. I started to cry thinking of his options. I was physically ill. I didnt want to put him through any more surgery, nor did i want him to have to have his p---s removed. It seemed kinder to put him to sleep.
I found this site at 3 a.m Sunday morning. I got some ACV into around noon .. 50 parts ACV 50 parts water and started dripping drops onto his paw with a dropper.. the results were almost instant. He took off under the bed (not happy with me) but seemed to be sleeping soundly.
A couple of hours later he woke and went to his litter tray .. i was encouraged as this was more urine than he HAD been passing ..he kept making frequent trips to his litter trays (as they to with UTI) .. each time passing more and more urine .. i couldnt believe it!!!!!!!! I also made a capful to a cup of water and dropped a dropper full down his throat before i went to bed. He was already a different cat, almost back to his old self and this was only six or seven hours after his first doses of ACV!!
This morning i saw his sister trying to bury something on the laundry floor i thought it was a little worm/bug thing, it had two bits of kittylitter stuck to it. I picked it up it was actually a peice of conjealed* blood! It looked exactly like it has come out of his little p---s !! Did the vinegar help him to pass this!!? There were also larger and larger clumps of litter in the trays. I was so happy ..then! i saw him go in the tray himself ..the relief was written all over his face ..he did this huge wee!!
He has only been on raw beef/lamb/chicken since the surgery as he loves to eat this and won't eat the s/d science diet they sold me. he likes to drink water so im lucky .. im cutting out dry food as i think this is what caused it ..there was always some down for them to eat.
24 hours ago this was a different cat .. i thank the acv and testimonials from this site they've saved my little cats life! He is almost his old happy self ..im sure of it!
Not sure whether to keep him on the antibiotics the vet prescribed or not though. I was meant to give him 3 yesterday and only gave him one. I'm worried about them mucking up his ph levels and possibly constipating him. And i don't altogether trust the vet.
Home Remedy for Cats? Ordinary Cooled Boiled Water!
Our poor 9yr old Daisy has suffered with feline conjuctivitus since she was a kitten, our vet said when she was 2yrs old that if she gets any more she will be blind, every year twice a year she gets glue eye and severe reddening of the lids. She also suffers with heyfever. And every year i use ordinary cooled boiled water with 4 balls of cotton wool for each eye, each ball soaked generously in the water and i wipe her eyes 4 times a day for 5 days. I do not leave the eye wet but slightly damp after dabbing with a soft cotton cloth.
The water i use is boiled from the kettle and placed in a jug to cool in the fridge, then i put the same water back into the kettle, boil it again and pour some into a clean dish to cool. the remainder of the water i tip away.
7 years later after vets saying she will be blind and offers of expensive ointments (which i continued to turn down) she is still going strong and has 20/20 vision! Our Daisy is a Pure white persian cross with very slight tortoishell markings on her head and tail and would be an extreme shame if she ended up blind. After all, pets are there for care and attention!
The first time I gave my cat spirulina he gobbled it up and then sat there with his eyes bugged out looking around like he just took his first hit of acid and was seeing the world for the first time.
Dosing: 1/2 teaspoon of powder in a pile on the linoleum kitchen floor
Now I mix a dash in his wet food when he looks like he needs some excitement.
He also loves brewer's yeast and the diatomaceous earth (+ - 1/4 tsp/day) seems to be reducing the cyst in his ear. I'll get back to you about that if it goes away entirely.
My cat disappeared in the house for 8 hours. I finally found her, foaming at the mouth, with a dirty bottom, dilated pupils, cold and panting late at night. Totally lethargic and not eating or drinking. In the morning I went to the vet and they said the tests of all kinds came back negative and that all they could do is a saline drip and antibiotics. I said yes to that. By evening she was a bit more alive, but still eyes dilated and panting, just warmer and more hydrated. They sent her home with me to die. This is when I went on a search for natural remedies, as the vet had no diagnosis or any ideas. The saline drip gave me time to think about it. So the first thing is I used CBD oil to get the cat to have its first nap in two days, and she woke up so thirsty and even had a bite of food. Still panting lethargic and eyes dilated, but hungry and thirsty! Then I read that panting or shortness of breath was caused by a lack of iron. I asked the vet and they had already checked iron levels and hers were fine. Either way, I made a cup of blackstrap molasses water, and readministered CBD. When she woke up thirsty again I offered both water and molasses water...and she wanted molasses water. She laid in the same place all night. I woke up in the middle of the night and she was missing...I got scared and called for her... And she jumped on the bed and let me pet her and wanted out of my room. The next morning I woke up and there she was with regular eyes, and regular breathing, and wanted to go down to see all her animal friends and had already cleaned her fur. It was a miracle and the vets had no idea how that happened. Thanks earthclinic!
My 11 month burmese kitten was jus diagnosed with wet FIP.
We just had his lungs and stomich drained. I just want to know if any cats have survived and or how long does it take before death?
He still eats and seems ok... just a bit down but his quality of life is good
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. 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 1cup 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 wanted to pass on something mentioned on Curezone that can help those using Ted's mange cure on cats or pets that lick themselves repeatedly.
My cat has a sacroptic mange re-infection and I'm again treating her with Ted's cure.
The very first time I bathed Kat with the borax/ peroxide mix I kept her in my warmed up bathroom and sat with her until she was almost dry. I didn't have a collar to keep her from licking, so I tried to keep her distracted. She still licked enough off to end up vomiting. The thought of doing this again several times made me heartsick.
I was reading up Curezone.com sometime later when someone mentioned Activated Charcoal. It's what they use in hospitals to adsorb (not absorb) poisons that have been ingested. It's saved many a life- yet is very inexpensive and available over the counter at most health food stores.
Most households that have kids- have AC in their medicine cabinet- just in case. I even had some on hand - but had long forgotten about it.
Anyway, just before the next bath I mixed a 1/2 tsp. of the AC powder into 1/2 oz of water and put some into a 1. 0mm syringe then squirted the syringe-full into Kat's mouth. Her eyes got big- she expected it to taste bad like her other meds I guess- but there's no taste to it and she didn't mind it at all.
The second bath was a bit more of a struggle- she Hates baths- but this time she didn't get sick, nor the 3rd one either.
Now the family uses it regularly again for an upset stomach and/or occasional diarrhea and I'm going to use it as part of a colon cleanse. It works fast and is virtually non-toxic.
Unfortunately, most stores only sell Activated Charcoal in capsules now. But in a pinch you can open one or two and get the powder that way (I couldn't get the tiniest capsule down my Kat on a bet. LOL)
We prefer to keep the powder on hand- it's way cheaper in the long run- and there are so many other ways to use it. The cheapest site I've found sells a 10oz can for under $12 shipped that will last us for several months.
Hope those with mange cats will give the AC a try.
How to Easily Dose your Cat: I tried the ACV and read with smiles the struggles to get the cats to drink. I have had cats for over thirty years and here is an easy method. I THOROUGHLY washed a small clear tube in which water soluable hair product had come in. (you can use conditioner or shampoo, clear is best and nothing oily to be SURE you can clean it out). Mine is a small one ounce squeeze tube that a sample of hair gel came in. Squeeze the sides in and draw into the tube the dose of ACV (mine was 1/2 tsp. fill rest with water. Lay cat on back in your lap and place tube to side and back of mouth and squeeze gently. They swallow by reflex if you don't put too much it all goes down. Squeeze too hard and they can cough it back out (but some still goes in). Clear tube is important so you can measure how much you are giving them so as not to over/under dose. My vet told me this years ago, cats have to swallow when you hold them this way and put the liquid in this way, and I have done it for years.
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.
My cat broke her back 10 weeks ago and hasn't walked since. Her spinal cord was not severed but only had limited use of one back leg. I rubbed DMSO mixed with aloe vera 3 times daily and within 3 days, the leg with no nerve responses started twitching and she started moving it. On the 4th day, she stood up twice. Still not walking but getting more use of both legs and making progress. I don't believe it was coincidence. I started rubbing on peroxide over back today to oxygenate her system and help with regeneration. DMSO is miraculous and FDA should not stop it's use.
Interestingly, I think Earth Clinic is now selling a product that combines Colloidal Gold with Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles in one bottle. I think they call it "Colloidal Electrum". I saw it on the EC home page.
Caution in DIY Cat Remedies
Hi to all,
I just want to give a fresh reminder of how different a cats liver/kidneys is from ours or a dogs, etc. They lack an important liver detoxification enzyme called glucuronosyltransferase (yes a mouth full). That is why so many things cause much toxicities in our cats. Their livers can not clear so many substances safely & there for a toxic build up happens, this can be over time of many years or shorter time depending on what toxins are taken in. Taken in can be either oral or through the skin, or breath. This is very much so when it comes to Essential oils as the EO's are 500 - 2000 time stronger then the plant. However what ever is being used oral, eyes, skin, etc., please remember that there are other things in most products not just one thing. It may be safe for a human but not for cats. Always do research, over & over to make sure of safety. You could find illness or disease many, many years down the road. We have toxins in & around us all the time, from cleaning items to smoking, outside environment, paint, carpets & so on, this is adding to the cat as well as good intentions. Mind you I am not saying that DIY help is not a good thing, just be sure to do your home work of researching very well. I work at a animal shelter and have seen first hand what good intentions or even the lack there of can do to our furry babies, of all kinds. We sometimes get tunnel vision when it comes to our babies, we need to keep that tunnel open with research and knowledge.
This is a wonderful site and I for one hope it is always here. The best to all of you.
P.S. I forgot to mention that cats are "lactose intolerant" they may love the milk but it is not, again, it is not good for them.
Feline Hyperesthesia Remedies
My cat was chewing up the last inch of her tail and throwing blood everywhere, rippling skin and twitching. I tried many different things with very little positive results. I am now using food grade Diatomaceous Earth, 1 teaspoon a day mixed with her wet food, and the symptoms have decreased 98%.
It is cheap and harmless. I take it myself. Research it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
My cat gets reverse osmosis filtered water, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to give him some baking soda in the water. A tiny bit. The next day his breath smelled bad. So I quit the baking soda and rubbed apple cider vinegar into his fur and next day his breath was better. He's got goop in his eye corners and nose and an ear infection, black stuff comes out of his ear when he shakes his head. I change his water about every other day, maybe every day is better. He's on grain free food for several months now. I'm going to try hydrogen peroxide for his ears.
This reply is to Diamond from Salisbury, Ma...
It sounds as if your cat is having problems with infestation. Fleas? Ticks? Mites or lice?
Have you tried food grade diatomaceous earth as a treatment? Look into it. You put in on their fur and in their food. It kills the mites, lice, fleas and ticks on the body. Its all natural. Make sure you get the food grade Diatomaceous earth. You can add a little dusting of it to their wet food as well. If you reasearch it you will see that it is a natural form of getting rid of these problems on pets, in the house, on your carpets and on your garden. Buy only the food grade. Constant flea infestation and the irratation it brings can cause your cat to have trouble breathing, stuffy nose, runny nose.. As well as mange. (loosing hair on their body. ) I just bought some myself after all my reasearch on it as an alterative to collars and other things they sell that are dangerous to pets to control any infestations. I am convinced it will help with many of their problems. I hope it works for you!