Has anyone ever claimed success in treating/curing a cat suspected of suffering from FIP? Please post a reply if you have any idea how to help in the fight against this supposedly 100% fatal feline disease.
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
(Santa Cuz, Ca, Usa)
On 23 March of this year (2011) I rescued a newborn kitten, which the queen abandoned (along with 3 others, who died quickly after I decided to take them in since mom didn't seem to show any interest). The queen is a feral cat living close by, so I was able to see she was not going to take care of them. Another little sister hung on for 5 days but then gave up the fight. So I now have the sole survivor of the litter. I fed him newborn formula, and weined him with partially cooked and minced chicken, which I now leave raw, and I changed from the baby formula to goats milk. I also add a paste to supplement turine and various vitamins and minerals. He thrived and seemed to get through it all just fine. He is now almost 9 weeks young. About a week ago though, I noticed him limping a bit on his left hind leg. I checked him therally, nothing seemed to be stuck anywhere or out of place. I moved his limbs with no adverse reaction. Only when I stroked along his left side towards the back did he seem to feel discomfort. I always make sure he is not on top of anything that he could fall off of, so it is unlikely that he fell when I was not there. This condition progressed to him sitting down a lot on that left side. I attempted a clay wrap over night, and the next morning he had managed to get it off, but he seemed to be able to put more weight on the leg. I assumed that maybe he had sprained or pulled something and in time would get better on its own. Yesterday, however, I went to feed him and he pulled himself along the floor towards me. At first I thought he was playing, but he remained on his belly while eating. After he had finished, he still did not get up. So I gently picked him up (which didn't seem to bother him) and set him on his legs. He cried out and immediately collapsed, as if it was painful for him to put weight on his limbs. His appetite has not deminished, he's alert and playful, and moves his limbs, he just won't stand up on them.
In doing some research, so far I've come up with only one explanation: feline neuropathy. Not the kind caused by diabetes, because he shows none of the symptoms for diabetes, such as excessive drinking and peeing, lethargy and everything else I read on the subject. So last night I gave him a warm clay bath, and also gave him some clay water with a dropper. Today I did the same thing with msm dissolved in filtered water. I sprinkled clay over his food which he devoured as usual. When I came in tonight after work, he was holding himself up on this front legs, which he could not do last night. This is all so weird and scary. Has anyone ever experienced something like that? A vet is out of the question as my finances will not allow it (aside from the fact that the vets around here are more interested in pushing pharmaceuticals-my experience with my dogs taught me as much).
Could this have something to do with him not having any care for probably more than 24 hours before I took him in? That is probably why the other siblings died so quickly, and little sis didn't make it because their organs were too far gone. I sure hope there is someone out there that can shed some light on the subject. I read that a certain vitamin B12 could be helpful if it is a neurological issue. Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Feline Pododermatitis - any natural treatments to boost the immune system and get my cats over this bothersome disease? I did find that raw honey helped with bleeding sores.
My 11 year old cat was diagnosed with feline tooth resorption, is there any treatment for that other than extraction?
(Houston, Tx, Us)
Hi wondering if you can help. have a 4yr old sphynx stud, has sired many litters. problem now is he mates the girls but they no longer become pregnant, despite having kittens previously. No health issues with him? Any ideas? Vet has found nothing wrong with him. Hope you can help
Please only use shampoo, and flea treatments with neem oil in it for cats. NEVER give your cat a flea dip. The chemicals in this will kill your cat. If you are going to treat for fleas, give a flea bath in warm, cats feel heat more than we do so not too warm, water with some natural soap in the water. You can add neem oil to this soap. If the infestation is bad apply directly to the coat, but rinse well, as the soap film in the fur can cause vomiting.
(Boston, Massachusetts, United States)
We rescued two kittens, just to find out that they were infested with fleas. Since they were so young they could not use the traditional flea baths/powers/creams. This is when I searched (earthclinic) and seen the remedy. I decided to combine a couple of them.
*Dish soap (Ajax, but any will do).
*Rice Vinegar (this is just what I had)
*Heating pad (optional)
First-what I did was filled up the sink half way with lukewarm (make sure not too hot, because what is comfortable to us is hot to them) I then added the VINEGAR (any vinegar will work!) I put a very good helping.
Second-I dipped the kittens in the vinegar solution (minus their heads) then I began to massage the DISH SOAP on. YOU WILL SEE THE FLEAS RUNNING! They will be running towards the head. This is when you lather the kitten with the BABY SHAMPOO ... try your hardest not to get any in the eyes.
Third-Now dip the kitten back into the solution (making sure not to get the head wet) and use a cup or your hands to make sure that you are saturating the fur entirely.
Fourth-This is where it gets tricky. Using a pair of tweezers, tweeze off all of the fleas that you can. THIS IS TIME CONSUMING! But it is worth it! When done tweezing, redip and then rinse off with lukewarm (not too warm) water, and towel dry.
This is when the heating pad will come in handy. What I did was set it on LOW, and put a towel/small blanket over it and then set the kitten down on top if it (first checking to make sure that it wasn't too hot) this is when I went flea hunting once again. This was about an hour process, with two kittens. Once I was finished, I towel dried them very well, and the kittens went right to sleep. I haven't had any reinfestations and I only did this the one time. I have 10 (all rescued) cats and it would be very hard for me if they became reinfested, but so far so good! THANKS!
(San Antonio, Texas)
Flea Remedy for Kittens
We run a foster-care home for cats. We take the animals from a shelters dealing with an overflow population problem. I've been including apple cider vinegar in cats diet, which is helping, but am still having the following problems - even with meds from the vet. Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to get rid of the following:
FLEAS - currently on Frontline, ACV dip, and I've flea bombed the house 4 times and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. FVR - upper respitory infection that keeps going bacterial and can't shake
the viral. Feed cats ACV in soft food and vet put animals on an antibiotic, Clavamox.
CONJUNCTIVITIS - Cats are on eye drop meds from vet but not getting rid of problem
EAR MITES AND EAR YEAST INFECTIONS - On two ear drop meds from vet for both. The ears are looking better but cats are still trying to scratch way down inside their ears. I've made a wash with ACV, Witch Hazel, Olive Oil and Distilled Water. Is there something else I should be putting in wash to get rid of the problem?
RINGWORM - vet is having me pick up another drug from our local pharmacy today. We are having an adoption weekend a month from now and we will be taking in 13 more cats to get them healthy before the event. We are really looking for any kind of guidance. We are really not happy with the amount of drugs we are using and the vet doesn't offer any holistic remedies. Most cats range from 2-4 months in age. If you could even get me pointed in the right direction we'd all really appreciate it. This is a wonderful website and I wanted to thank you for creating it.
(Las Vegas, Nv)
(Miami Springs, Fl)
I have a very old (23) cat with what is probably a late stage terminal tumour according to the vet today. They said I should take her home, spend the weekend and take her back Monday to be put to sleep.
She is unfortunately so uncomfortable though, her tummy is full of fluid, and her rheumatism or arthritis makes it difficult for her to get to the litter tray now. Does anyone know a remedy that would help her reduce the fluid and keep her more comfortable for longer? I am feeling worried that keeping her for the weekend might just be prolonging her discomfort though there is no obvious acute pain yet. (She may be in pain but is not vocalising)
I'd love any advice if anyone knows anything.
(Hope, Bc Canada)
(Colorado Springs, Co)
For those of you whose cats are scratching and biting themselves, I'm told the source of the problem is usually the cat food. Find a natural pet food store (they're popping up everywhere these days) and put your cat on some natural pet food WITHOUT GRAINS, CORN OR WHEAT in it. Ask the clerk to make sure the natural pet food you buy doesn't have either of those 3 things. The scratching is due to an allergy to the ingredients in store-bought pet food, or to the grains, corns, or wheat your current pet food contains. I was told this by a knowledgeable source, passed it on to a neighbor whose cat was bleeding because it was scratching itself so much, and she reports the change in food cleared the problem up in the one month she's been doing it. She also commented on how little the natural cat food cost - she had been prepared for a big increase in her pet food bill, but it was negligible.
Hi. I found www.dogfoodadvisor.com which is very informative for searching for the best dog foods (and the worst. ) It lists many different brands and rates the ingredients for nutritional value from 1 to 5 stars. I am now transitioning my dog from Pedigree (1 star) to BJ's Holistic brand (4 stars - only $5.00 more in price.)
Does anyone know of a similar website for cat food? Thanks.
My cat has pleural effusion and pulmonary edema also dyspnea, also cancer. My vet says nothing can be done. They gave him a Lasix injection, and today he gets a tap thorax. The cancer is too advanced for any treatment to help. Is there anything that might help my cat? I don't want to give up hope, but it does not look good.
(Columbia City, Indiana)
Kitten Formula from powdered goat's milk
2 scoops meyenburg powdered goats milk + 1 egg yolk
Run just enough boiling water over yolk to sterilize. Blend or shake in a jar according to ratios listed on can. Don't make it too watery and let it warm up to room temperature before serving. Kittens are temperature sensitive. Refrigerate.
My ex didn't get his beautiful queen spayed after the first litter. She had been a great momma to her first litter and let them suckle up until 4 months! At which point, couldn't stand the sight of them any longer and spent all of her time away from the house.
She gave birth to her 2nd litter somewhere outside and finally brought them to the house after a few weeks, starving and flea infested. Her nipples were dry. She wasn't as interested
I tried A LOT of things until I stumbled on to the goat's milk recipe. They say not to feed kittens cow's milk, but then why is the kitten formula cow milk based? Anyway, the powdered goats milk has folic acid added. That's a good thing.
If they don't like the egg, try it without.
I also fed my kitten probiotic plain yogurt and little bits of butter. I splurge on milk products and get the best I can afford, grassfed, organic, and raw if possible.
She was the sickliest, the runt of the litter (I wasn't even sure she would make it) and at five months is doing great!
This is what I have found by trial and error. Use your own judgment. You know your cat better than anyone. Thanks for all the suggestions about ACV and Dandelion.
My BillyBob (main coon/Manx) is a big, red, bobtailed ball of attitude. He has had cardiomyopthy (sp?) all his life. I was told "he might live to be 5" If he makes it to April 22 he will be 12. He has only been sick 1 time in his life about 5 years ago. He has now got renal failure. Possibly because of the heart meds all this time.
I have been studying and using herbs for 20 years but did not know much about what was safe for cats. Like most of you, I have spent mmaannyy hours on line trying to educate myself so I could do the best by him. TTOOTTAALLY frustrating and confusing.
I found some things on "petwellbeing" Trispy and plantaeris but then the next website said "do not give him anything with parsley in it because it is a diuretic" I agree but don't you want to flush the toxins? Be careful to watch for low potassium due to that. Muscles twitch and jerk. Also puts stress on the heart. Like when we are low on electrolytes due to heat.
I give him 1/4 pill crushed in watr with a syrenge. It works.
I also read that you need to give a lax because the over active kidney system pulls moisture from everywhere and makes the stool hard and dry so they have problems 'going". I use mineral oil to help. 1T or more 2 times a day, any way you can to get it in them.ha
Dandelion root is also good for the liver and digestion.
Throwing up white foam due to stomach acid:
I found one place that said SLIPPERY ELM was good but I did not know how much to give him. IT WORKS. I later found a place where they said that you could give up to 5ts a day. I just cut open ONE cap and (again) mix it in water and squirt it in the side of his mouth.
Important: Be sure to feed them and give the elm before bedtime since it will be a long sleep and the acid will build up overnight.
Thank you for all the suggestions. I am definitely going to try the ACV. I hope this helps some of you and your 4 legged children. This is a great site. Keep up the good articles.
(North East, Pa, Usa)
(Cabarlah, Qld., Australia)
I do foster care for our local humane society.The cat's are always sick and alot die. Right now I have a kitty with herpes of the eyes and was wondering how to get rid of it naturally. The drugs they get from a vet are not working. I started to use borac acid but that doesn't seem to be doing much either. Please if anyone has an idea please let me know. Thank you.
(Palm Harbor, Fl)