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Feline Tooth Resorption  

Posted by Pamitch (Granite City, Il) on 02/18/2012

My 11 year old cat was diagnosed with feline tooth resorption, is there any treatment for that other than extraction?

Replied by Nancy
Houston, Tx, Us

Unfortunately no. Stomatitis is very painful and the teeth should be removed as soon as possible. The cat will then have to be on steroids and antibiotics afterwards, and from time to time in the future.

Replied by Elaine
Felton, Ca

Actually, tooth resorption is not the same thing as stomatitis. My kitty, Izzy, has this issue and unfortunately, like stomatitis, the cause is unknown. Although my vet did tell me that his theory for these conditions is the processed food we feed our pets. He just said "it's something in the food. " He prescribed Vitamin C (250 mg of sodium ascorbate plus bioflavanoids per day). I am also trying a protocol of supplements and energy healing basically, with a holistic vet located in Woodland, CA. I adopted Izzy in June 2010, and he's already had 2 teeth pulled in 2011 and 2 more in 2012 due to the resorption issue (very painful unless teeth are removed). He will be getting a wellness check in the next few months, and I will update on this site to to let you know how his mouth looks.. hopefully we won't have to pull any more teeth. Good luck with your kitty. If anybody has any other advice, please let me know!

Fertility Remedies  

Posted by Kc (Leicestershire Uk) on 03/25/2014

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey KC!

You don't state what tests your vet performed to determine there were 'no health issues/nothing wrong with him' so I have to ask: Was semen collected and evaluated?

Next, did any of the queens that failed to produce live kits with your tom subsequently conceive when mated to another tom?

Major infertility problems in toms are caused by disturbances in the production, transport, or storage of sperm; loss of libido; and partial or complete inability to mate or to stimulate ovulation in the female. Most major infertility problems are complex; several factors, singly or in combination, can cause failure to produce offspring.

Infertility can also be related to husbandry problems; if we can assume your cattery is meticulously kept and your boy is getting top nutrition and proper rest between services, and the queens are also kept in top shelf fashion, and are free of infectious causes of infertility such as toxoplasmosis, feline leukemia virus infection, feline infectious peritonitis, and feline viral rhinotracheitis [these may cause abortion, neonatal death, fetal resorption, and apparent infertility] you may need to rule out an STD such as Chlamydia - or a bacteria that behaves almost exactly like it in your stud; this can be tricky to culture and the easiest route might be to simply treat for it rather than attempt to confirm it.

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Flea Dips  

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Posted by Rosy (Orlando, Fl) on 12/20/2008
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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.

Replied by Rfb
Amarillo, Tx

Diatomaceous Earth is a fabulous natural treatment and preventative for fleas, ticks, and similar pests. It is death to fleas, and totally harmless to birds and mammals. We use this to treat our cats, with a light dusting on their neck and back, rubbed into their fur, usually once every several weeks during the summer, and more often if we have evidence of a problem. DE is available from farm supply stores (used for poultry), and online natural pet stores, "dirt" cheap. The pet store DE has added herbals to help soothe the skin, if there have already been bites. This (DE) can be sprinkled into the pet bedding, and on carpets ,etc - wherever fleas, ticks, mites, etc. Are hiding. One of our cats is extremely sensitive to fleas, possibly allergic, and this is the only treatment we use. We also used DE to treat a barn swallow nestling totally covered with bird mites (and probably less than an hour from certain death). It's two fellow nestlings had already died, due to the mite infestation. The treated nestling survived and prospered. We dusted the nest and worked DE into the nestling's feathers. The bird mites vacated (or died) the nest instantly and permanently.

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan

Hi: I am very interested in DE. However I am concerned about inhaling it. When I worked as a lifeguard and used DE for pool filters we used special masks. How different is pool grade and food grade in terms of safety in the instance of inhalation. If you are dusting your cat and his area, this will be air born at some point. Have u any idea if this is safe for you or your cat. Thanks, Mary

Replied by Diana
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

This reply is to Mary from Regina, Saskchewan regarding fleas.

Make sure you only use food grade Diatomaceous earth to treat your home and your pets. Pets will lick their fur and the food grade is safe to ingest. The pool grade you use is not ingestible. There are only four mines that provide food grade DE. Food grade DE is cheap can be purchased on in bags or jars. The food grade can also be used to add a little dusting to their wet food to rid them of internal parasites. I have done lots of research on in recently myself and just purchased a ten pound bag from amazon. You do wear a facemask when applying large amounts of it since you dont want to inhale it.. But you will only be using a little on your pet. If apply it in the house on carpets to kill bugs (lice, fleas, etc) you can apply it with a pest pistol also sold from amazon. Wear the mask when applying large amounts of it.. Then you can open the doors to ventilate. All natural. Do a google search on Food grade Diatomaceous earth benefits. Its great for people too in water to decrease cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. Good luck.

Replied by Maggie
Southern Ontario

I used DE on the carpets in a bachelor apartment, and although it ended the flea problem, there was always a thin layer of DE that settled on everything ever-after. I washed the curtains and changed the AC/Heat filter. I wonder the effect of the continual fine dust on anyone who is in the environment. For this reason, I'm not convinced it is safe to use.

Flea Remedy for Kittens  

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Posted by Candice (Victorville, CA) on 11/21/2006
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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)
*Baby shampoo
*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!

Replied by Rochelle
Hanford, CA

My cat is just over a year old and has terrible fleas! I have tried the ointment you put behind shoulders and it seems to not help. Are flea collars to strong? I put one on him but 2 days later I couldn't handle the strong smell! He is an indoor/outdoor cat. He has only had one bath because he had been sprayed from a Tom cat. This experience was a bit crazy. What, or how do I give him this flea bath without getting scratched?

EC: Just make sure you read the warnings about tea tree oil for cats below first! The jury is out on whether tea tree oil is truly unsafe or whether there is false information all over the internet about it.

Replied by The Pointed Hat
Sacramento, California

Bathing cats can be an enormous struggle if you haven't had the opportunity to work with the cat from a young age. The most helpful tool I have purchased for bathing older cats is a basic, nylon cat harness with leash. Unfortunately, this really only works if you have a soap holder built into the side of your shower stall. Here are my methods:

1) Put the harness on the cat before you even run the bath water.
2) Fill the bath before you bring the cat into the room. Sometimes the noise of the tap itself can be frightening to Kitty. Remember not to actually FILL the tub, but allow about an inch of water to collect.
3) Attach the leash to the soap dish, leaving just enough room for your cat to be able to sit on all fours in the tub.
4) Bring the cat in, but before you set him in the water, attach the leash to the harness. This will prevent him from scrambling away from you, soaking wet, before you can secure him in the tub.
5) Once the leash is securely attached, set the cat in the tub.

Note: Most cats don't like to sit in standing water. In my case, my kitty would yowl loudly for the duration of the bath and fight me all the way. My remedy was to put a small, plastic stepping stool into the tub for her to sit upon, then used a cup to pour water over her as I washed. With this method, the cat only yowled when I poured water over her.

If you have a detachable shower head, you don't need to fill the tub before bringing in the cat, just start the water and make sure it's at an acceptable temperature first.

Putting the cat on the harness keeps him from hurting you, AND himself. He may try to pull away at first, but if the leash is tied at the correct length, he won't be able to move very far in either direction. And, if he decides to start trying to claw your arms in an attempt to climb out, all you need to do is lean back for a minute, until he calms down.

Any errors in the process, like failure to secure the harness properly, will be evident when the cat escapes and tears you to ribbons for your efforts! Haha

Replied by Cat
Memphis, Tn

Brilliant! I've had cats for 40 years and bathing, sometimes essential, is always a chore for both me and the cat. Thank you for post. I'm ready next time. Love the part about tying the leash to the the soap holder.

Replied by Lb
San Antonio, Texas

I cared for 2 abandoned kitties on 2 seperate occasions. Both were infested with fleas. First of all I would suggest with all cats begin giving regular baths from the time you get them so they become accustomed to it before they get claws of steal. The two that I did this with I have very few problems bathing, in fact one jumps in the shower with me when I am there. As a kitten I used baby shampoo and a flea comb (or a lice comb for humans) I did it at least daily until they were gone. For people who have not so easy cats to bath---I have the worst--I have learned to prefill the bathtub with water and shampoo. Put your cat in a hardshell pet cage and lower them in. make sure it is warm and goes only to upper chest. They usually will calm down and quit fighting or trying to fight their way out although they still moan. use a hand held shower (low) or pour water on dry areas. If you are treating fleas use the Apple Cider Vinegar mixture. they may fight it but they cant get away. obviously it is a little less effective than a traditional rub down, but soaking got them clean and fleas gone. I dont stress about drying them if it is warm, let them escape and destress. If they are confined in a room, let thm have a few minutes and then see if they will let you approach them to dry off.

Posted by A reader (Bloomington MN) on 10/05/2005

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.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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Here is how I would do it differently:

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.

This is o.k.

FLEAS - currently on Frontline, ACV dip, and I've flea bombed the house 4 times and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.

You will never ever get rid of it doing this old method. Try this. One to Two Tablespoon of Tannic acid per Gallon of water. And spray lightly on the carpet or floor. Leave it then vaccum. The tannic acid will denature the eggs and kill them on contact. Follow this with another sprayer, using one tablespoon of sodium perborate per gallon and spray. The sodium perborate will kill all the eggs and mites in case tannic acid does not. don't mix sodium perborate and tannic acid just yet I haven't done experiments on that yet! However, if you take baths with a cat. Always use this. Get 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water. And wash the ears, and the whole of the cat. DO NOT DRY. The sodium perborate will kill all the eggs. And you will save a ton of money when you finally found out you don't need Frontline at all!

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.

Cats seem to like colloidal silver. Perhaps mix that might help too. The best formula to solve the FVR I found is liquid fulvic acid you buy from garden shops, 1 teaspoon per liter of water. Works everytime!

CONJUNCTIVITIS - Cats are on eye drop meds from vet but not getting rid of problem

A weak solution of borax or boric acid (they sell in drugs stores might help. Colloidal silver when sprayed to their eyes seems to work very well.

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?

Washing them with sodium perborate should solve the problems. The mix has been mentioned.

Replied by Rachel
Underwood, IN

Just a question about the reply. Where can I get Tannic Acid? I have looked online and even called stores. One form of the tannic acid I can find is a powder which I am hesitant to buy because of the handeling of it seems a little too much to be around my pets. Scarey!!

There is also some that you can order that is for medicinal perposes. Tannic acid has anti-bacterial, anti-enzymatic and astringent properties. Tannic acid has constringing action upon mucous tissues such as tongue and inside of mouth. The ingestion of tannic acid caused constipation and can be used to treat diarrhoea (in the absence of fever or inflammation). The anti-oxidant and anti-mutagenic properties of tannic acid are beneficial.

However, tannic acid should not be used continuously or in high quantities ad it slows down the absorption of iron and possibly other trace minerals. A study by Afsana K et al entitled Reducing effect of ingesting tannic acid on the absorption of iron, but not of zinc, copper and manganese by rats. published by Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (March 2004) concluded that the usual intake of polyphenols is relatively safe, but that a high intake by supplementation or by dietary habit of tannin affects only the iron level. Tannic acid can also reduce the effectiveness of digestive enzymes.

Also sodium perborate? Is that Borax powder? It is used as a bleaching agent for laundry.

Replied by Rachel
Bangkok, Thailand

Dear Rachel,

Actually tannic acid is found in tea and more in green teas. The concentration of green teas or ordinary tea contains tannic acid around 1/8 teaspoon per liter of water. So preparing an ordinary tea of one liter will have that same concentration of tannic acid. In certain research studies where the concentration has no effect on healthy cells at all its maximum concentration were around 1/4 teaspoon of tannic acid per one liter of water. However at that concentration it kills microbes and pathogens.

I used tannic acid myself mixed in drinking water at 1/4 per liter of water as a way to remove heavy metals from my body such as the dreaded cadmium and lead. Tannic acid is also a wonderful chelator of the major cause aging - free metal iron, which is a free iron radical known in chemistry as the Fenton Reaction, the primary theory of free radical of aging.

Tannic acid is the major factor of how black inks are made, whenever tannic acid is reacted with any iron salts or iron compounds. Tannic acid in traditional medicine they actually used far more higher dose than those mentioned here to relieved of diarrhea and loose stool. The use of tannic acid in traditional folk medicine has been around for a very long time in the United States.

Athletes used this mixture in foot powder to kill fungus on their feet, so it becomes a drying agent. In fact the 2 tablespoons of tannic acid per gallon on water is relatively too weak to have health effects, except positive ones on removal of cadmium, which is found in lead free gasoline, but is extremely toxic in humans. Parts per billion of cadmium is more then enough to cause serious health effects and may be more toxic then mercury. Cadmium also causes high blood pressure and other problems.

The only effective remedy to remove cadmium I know of in research studies is the tannic acid. So even if people have qualms about the use of tannic acid, then just make a strong green tea in a glass teapot. The problem about this is the cost of green tea is very high, compared to a similar preparation at similar concentrations when preparing tannic acid of same concentration as those of green tea.

Much of the warnings of anything is the extreme uses. You can die from drinking too much water and you can also die from eating too much salt. The key is always moderation.


Replied by Kelly
Athens, Georgia

I have been using diatomaceous Earth (food Grade) and have completely rid my home and pets of fleas, ticks and any other critters that have an exoskeleton. It is completely harmless to warm bloded animals/people and will also take care of internal parasites as well. Make sure it is food grade. Just google it. It is very inexpensive and will kill fleas and such on contact. You can also dust the pet beds, furniture and such with no worries.

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
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i know that some people say that garlic is poisonous to cats - but my vet disagrees and i have used garlic capsules on ALL my cats for years - and i've had a LOT of cats. it is very easy to just push a couple of capsules (coat them with olive oil) down a kittens throat. this will make fleas not want to live on the cats and may help with other health problems - including worms. start with a couple of small capsules first and later only one a day will work. it must be the smelly kind - de-odorized does not work. also i have put the oil from the capsules in their ears for relief from ear mites and it works well. i would even try the garlic on the ringworm directly. ACV is supposed to help with ringworm too - but you may need to apply the ACV full strength. virgin coconut oil also has similar properties - antifungal.

i would not try tea tree oil on cats - but someone wrote recently about collodial silver working in ear mites. i've never tried it though.

Replied by Holly
Martinsville, In

Hi Ted. Just wondering if a mixture of borax and hydrogen peroxide would work instead of the sodium perborate, saw that it was composed of the former two above....would be much cheaper for me as i already have them both... If so, how much of each? thanks

Replied by Srheadale
Las Vegas, Nv

I have a stray that decided to move in, she was pretty wild it took us a year and 1/2 to get her to trust us. she developed terrible ear mite infection, I couldnt hardly stand the smell and a friend suggested using a dishwashing detergent a couple of drops in a small bowel of water. I started out with a very wet rag to loosen the build up, would do this 1X per day until I could see into the ear again. then I used an old rx bottle and "concentrated" the solution and used an 1cc dropper squirted into the ear rubbed the ear to work it around. used the concentrated solution about 3 to 4 days, she has been fine since then.

Replied by Jill
San Diego

Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth on carpets & in kitty bedding, just a light even dusting. Also may be used safely directly on cats & kittens. Comb out dead fleas next day, and vacuum carpets. It is best to buy food grade diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Denise

As far as fleas go, diatamateous earth (food grade) works for me. We have for dogs, a cat and a ferret. You can put it on the animal but sometimes drys their skin. Just sprinkle DE in your carpet, on your tile and under the bed and in pretty areas. The DE gets on the evidently exoskeleton of the flea and slices it. Be careful with ferrets because of their respiratory issues. A dab of tea tree oil at the nap of the neck works well as fleas don't like the smell.

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To Reader from Bloomington, Mn. I rescued a kitten that weighed 1 & 1/2lbs. And was covered with ringworm, after spending $300 and was not cured & I got it, I mixed 1 part bleach to 10 parts of water & tried it on myself for 3 days to try for skin irritation before I tried it on my kitten. Oh, very important, I bought a blacklight to spot the affected areas as they will glow under the light. I had no irritation and it killed the ringworm on the spot. I tried it on kitty with the same results. I did rub vitamin e oil and allow on the area just in case. It worked immediately with no adverse reaction.

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Food grade diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Susan
Miami Springs, Fl

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth Is the best remedy for killing any insects! Fleas, ticks, bedbugs, cockroaches, spiders! Also great against mange! And when the animal licks it off, it kills internals parasites! Wonderful stuff! Buy in any feed store or online!

Fluid Retention  

Posted by S Nicholson (London) on 07/18/2014

Hi there,

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.

Many thanks

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nicholson!

I am sorry to hear about your kitty. If this were my cat I would call the vet right back and ask to come back right away. I suspect they were trying to give you some time to come to terms with your cat's terminal condition by asking you to come back on Monday, but clearly YOU know your cat best and if you think its Time, then it's Time - and I would not wait any longer if I could at all avoid it.


Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

You could try nettle tea which is a safe, natural diuretic. Or use the entire plant dandelion, make a tea. Both have loads of vitamins and she may pee a lot without loosing nutrients in her urine. God bless her.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Jara
Sacramento, Ca

Fluid retention in the stomach area is frequently the fluid thrown off from cancer cells. In humans you begin to look pregnant.

Replied by Inky
Colorado Springs, Co

Try homemade aloe recipe, cited in the comments above. Noni is great stuff too for overall improvement of health and old age pains.

Food Allergies  

Posted by Jessi (Fairfield, IA) on 12/23/2008

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.

General Feedback  

Posted by Love My Pets (Ny, Usa) on 10/03/2012

Hi. I found 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.

Posted by Kay (Columbia City, Indiana) on 10/11/2011

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.

Replied by Kay
Columbia City, Indiana

I just got back from the vet. He took out about 140 ml of fluid from the cats lungs. It was sorta red, probably high in protein, so not good news. Cougar is breathing pretty good now. I will try the essiac tea tomorrow. If anyone has other things to try please let me know. I don't know how long he will be okay.


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Posted by Lesa (Birmingham, Alabama) on 03/14/2011

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.

Replied by Mae
Chicago, Il
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Hi Lesa, I've an 11-15 year old? Chartreaux (I'm her 4th owner, no one cared enough pass on her history).

When I got her she was severly overweight, borderline diabetic, and in the process of losing a major canine due to diabetes onset. The vet also found a heart murmur. My baby had no energy, didn't talk or play, and looked perpetually miserable.

After two different vet consultations I was talked into beginning an insulin regimen to manage her diabetes.We tried two different insulins in a 2 month period beginning with ProZinc.
During that time she went from just above borderline diabetes sugar levels (pre-insulin injections) to levels in the high 300 - low 400 levels while the vet was trying to get the insulin type and amount right. She was a mess and went from being lethargic, timid, and docile to being agressive and panicky. She lost all the hair at her injection sites. She was itching like mad all over. It was horrible watching her go through this.

I decided to leave my vet, ditch the insulin and go a holistic route. I did a ton of research during the insulin crisis and settled on a few things that have helped immensely over the last year since.

Raw Food:

When I got her I put her on Innova Evo, weaned her off dry kibble and moved to a 95% protein diet. She went from 21 lbs to 10 and has remained at 10 for 4 years now - obviously her 'healthy' weight as she doesn't budge from here unless she's stressed.

Innova sold out to P & G so I switched to raw. The cost is well worth the amazing changes I've seen in her overall wellness.

Her heart and diabetes are no doubt due to the artery damaging, high carb crud that she was fed for so many years.
The high incidence of diabetes and heart disease in humans due to the Western Diet is now mirrored in the poor health of our pets as a result of corn/carb laden commercial pet foods.

I've had her on a raw food diet for almost 2 years (this prior to the insulin) - I prefer Primal over Nature's Variety as Primal includes Taurine in their feline formulas. People will tell you there's enough naturally occuring taurine in meat, thus it's a non-issue, but feline taurine needs are higher than canine needs, thus I'd rather not take a chance.

I feed her at regular 3 hour intervals to keep her blood sugar steady. I do use both 'Tripsy' (to combat the diabetic impact on her kidneys/UT health) and 'Mellit' for diabetes.
I alternate the drops every other day with a daily herbal regimen to address her heart and blood sugar.
In a small bowl I mix the powder from 2 capsules of Nature's Way 'Blood Sugar Formula' (diabetes and kidney support - chromium polynicotinate is the key), 1 capsule Doctor's Best CoQ10 (Heart support), and 1 capsule of Jarrow's 'Hawthorn' (FABULOUS for both human and pet heart health) 500mg.
These are powerful herbs and I made the mistake of giving her one day's dose in one feeding the first time - MISTAKE!
Her little heart was racing as the hawthorne was that effective at increasing circulation.
I found the best method is to divvy it up over each feeding.
I use a kitchen measuring spoon set, choosing the tiniest spoon labeled 'Smidgen', I put enough of the mix to cover the bottom 1/4 of the spoon and sprinkle it over her defrosted raw food nugget.
Ultimately she gets what amounts to a 1/4 capsule of the herbal mix over a 24 hour feeding cycle.

Every other day I giver her 5 drops of Tripsy and Mellit in the morning and 5 more at night.

Since begining these she's testing/averaging BSL of around 130.
Her energy is through the roof, she's vocal, and so very loving. A 180 degree shift from her demeanor during the nightmare insulin incident.

One last thing to report... Last month I went to a new vet to get her yearly check up done. I did not mention my regimen to the vet, nor did I mention she had a heart murmur (I did tell them she'd been diagnosed diabetic and I was refusing insulin).
The vet did not find a heart murmur and was impressed that her blood sugar was borderline without injections despite having been diagnosed so many years back.

Herbal therapies may not work for all pets as there are many varying factors, but the pharmaceutical alternatives in her case were wrecking what was left of her health.
I took a chance and it is working in her favor.

I hope our story may inspire you to do a little herbal research for your baby. I'd definitely suggest Hawthorne and CoQ10 for the cardomyopathy.
I like to occasionally comb the pet forums to see if anyone else has had similar success with herbs. I'm not finding as much pet experimentation as I thought I would.
I should also add I'd NEVER use an herb that's not been deemed safe for felines.
As an example I considered ALA as there's so much sucess with it in human use, but I found a holistic pet forum that says it's specifically toxic to felines.

Good Luck*

Replied by Jujucat
North East, Pa, Usa

That's great that you've gone raw, but why are you buying it from a company? You can easily do this yourself and it's so cheap! We buy chicken livers by the tub at Wal-Mart and they also have packages of chicken hearts and gizzards for cheap-our kittens also like skinless, boneless breasts. You just bring it home, wash it in hot water and throw it in ziplocs and freeze. I bring enough down for one day and let it thaw in the fridge and before feeding, I fill a bowl with hot water (not boiled, just hot tap water) and sit the ziploc bag of thawed meat in there and let it get warm. This does not cook the meat-and please, do NOT microwave the meat as this kills all the nutrients. Also, it is essential to let them have raw meaty bones-no, it does not harm them, no they do not choke. Just make sure they are raw bones, not cooked. Cooked bones fragment and are brittle and dangerous. Anyways, when the meat is to room temperature after a few minutes, I put it in their little ceramic dishes and they gobble it up. If there is blood, don't throw it away--my cats love sipping the blood that comes with the meat. The main thing is freezing first, as I've read that this kills any parasites that may be in the meat... Although, we are feeding them human grade meat from our grocery store. I supplement with occasional treats of herring, mackerel, sardines, fresh Lake Erie perch and salmon (bones and all). On occasion I give a can of good quality GRAIN FREE moist food such as Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Avoderm or Wellness. I know feeding raw is best, but adding a can supplementally once or twice a week just makes me feel better, because these are foods with added minerals and whatnot that cats need and that way I know my 3 sweethearts are covered. For water, we use a fountain and also a ceramic dish that I clean and refill daily. It would be easier to just plunk down dry food and let them have at it all day, but I know I'd pay down the road in vet's bills for cystitis, urethritis, bladder crystals, etc. , not to mention obesity. My cats will eat dry kibble-the good stuff, the bad stuff-any of it, they will eat it and this is just useful information for us for when we need to go away for a trip somewhere and our pet sitter will be able to feed the cats without dealing with the raw meat, etc. (plus, I am fastidious about cleaning after handling raw meat, and would prefer not to have anyone else in my kitchen attempting to do it). Cats are obligate carnivores--why anyone would feed them grain is beyond me. But that's the conclusion I came to when I knew I was going to adopt the first 2--I did tons of research about everything, from foods, to bedding, to toys, to cat litter (clay is evil, for cats and for the environment) and by the time we finally brought them home, we were READY and when we rescued #3, we were all prepared and she's taken to the raw meat like a champ and she's only 8 weeks old. Thanks for listening and good luck with your kitties. Sounds like you're a good mama-but you can ditch the raw food company and do it yourself for tons cheaper, just wanted you to know that.

Hugs, Jujucat

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa

I started my dogs on a raw food diet and later found that meat while still alive were injected with many experimental shots to name a few/steroids, antibiotics etc. My dogs in the process were getting sick(breaking out with blisters/boils/ their skin turning red) so I decided to stop them, now they are doing better with just raw veggies, with occasional chicken livers. And even a few doggie treats.

Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi

How did you get your cats to eat raw meat? My cats have been on kibble for years. I switched my dog to raw and have tried and tried to get the cats to eat raw and they will NOT touch it. You would think I was trying to poison them.

Replied by Xanadu1jw
Memphis, Tn

First start adding a little tiny bit of canned food to their Kibble every day, gradually increasing until it is all canned. When you have accomplished this then it is time to start to add tiny bits of raw chicken breast chopped very fine and then gradually increasing that until your cats are all raw. Recipes can be found online in the barf (bones and raw food) cat sites. Their health will be reward enough for all your trouble.

Herpes Remedy Needed for Cat  

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Posted by lynda (Bagley, usa) on 09/12/2007
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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.

Replied by Margaret
Sydney, Australia

Replying to Lynda regarding the eye problems, apparently the amino acid L Lysene is very effective, which is the same used for human cold sore outbreaks. I have used this with much success, also a little ascorbic acid or bio c powder for the immune system. The info on L Lysene is can be confirmed on a site called which I have found extremely useful.

Replied by Tia
Eugene, Oregon

L-lysine is the best short term treatment for feline herpes. You want to give about 250 mg twice daily. It is tasteless and colorless(I have a very picky tortie!) so it is easy to mix in wet food when crushed into powder. L-Lysine is VERY inexpensive, so it is a must have at any cat shelter, or for anyone with a kitty with chronic herpes flare-ups. Meds rarely do anything but relieve you of your money when it comes to herpes. I'm lucky to have found a vet with knowledge of lysine. My tortie has major eye tissue scars from weeks of antibiotics having no effect on the disease.
Also, Colloidal silver is completely non-toxic to humans and cats(and everything else that isn't a microbe). I've done much reading on CS lately because I had a duck with a fungal respiratory disease. What I found was multiple forums with people who had cured their HUMAN genital herpes with CS. You can use the silver as eye-drops, with great success, for any apparent eye disease. Herpes recedes into other part of the body, when it goes into remission, and hides until the next flare up. Keeping silver levels in the cat's tissue at a constant rate may cure the disease altogether (my tortie has had no flare up since completing this l-lysine/colloidalsilver treatment, however some cats NEVER manifest symptoms of their herpes, others not more than once, and some have chronic problems, so it is hard to tell if it's actually been cured or just put into permanent remission). I recommend 1/8-1/4 teaspoon (depending on the size of cat) 3-4 times daily (depending on how sick) for a few months (3-5 months to be safe). Use the lysine treatment when there are apparent flare-ups. CS is best absorbed and most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Thats hard to do with a cat, so just don't mix it in with food. Use a syringe and squirt it right in their mouth. If your cat doesn't take meds well, or squirms too much, try using a towel to wrap them in (making sure to pin the front legs with the towel), like a little kitty burrito.

P.S. colloidal silver hydro-sols at around 10ppm have the best absorption, and are the most effective at moving through tissue. Although any silver colloid will be (at least marginally) effective. These are tiny animals, so you must make sure the only ingredients in the one you buy is silver and water. NOTHING ELSE!

Good luck everyone!

Replied by Sheri E.
Palm Harbor, Fl

I have a 5-1/2 year-old male feral that developed herpes in his eye when he was 1. I sprinkle L-Lysine on his dry food everyday, which has seemed to help the flare-ups. He doesn't really seem to be bothered with the condition most of the time. His eyeball, however, has what appear to be growths on it and it is very cloudy. When this first occured, I took him to veterinary opthamalgists and spent incredible amounts of money on him, only for them to tell me that this is a chronic condition and there was really nothing that could be done. They gave me a prescription for ethromycin for the flare-ups. I am reading all these posts and beginning to think that I might possibly be able to help my feline buddy. If there is anyone out there that is dealing with - or has dealt with this and can give me some pointers, I would be most appreciative!

Hyperthyroid Remedies for Cats  

Posted by Terry (Tampa, Fl) on 02/14/2013

Hello, Does anyone have a natural remedy for hypothyroidism in my cat? - Therese

Replied by Julie
Chicago, Il

No answers yet? I'm looking for the same thing :( My cat is 17, I don't want to put her on meds that might make her sick.

Replied by Toonces
Lake Arrowhead, California

Yes, I don't know if EC will allow this to go through-perhaps they will-since 2 different people are asking. I have used the site, for years and they have formulas for Thyroid. One for Hypo and one for Hyper. We tried this formula for HyperThyroid and then went to the one for Blood Sugar and that seems to be a bit better for our Cat, but it has worked wonders for many pets. We have used several of their formulas over the years. They are expensive but they work. Unfortunately, they made the bottles smaller than they used to be for the same price of $38.00 but they do last. I wish I had a less expensive home remedy for you. Good luck!

Replied by Michele
Fresno, Ca

Thyroid Balance from Pet Essences really worked for our cat.


Posted by Esprit64 (Somewhere, Maine) on 02/20/2013

Is it safe to use Iodine in a dog AND cat's water? If so, how do you judge an appropriate dosage? Thanks.

Posted by Derravarra (Dublin, Co Dublin, Ireland) on 05/21/2011

Hi there, I'd appreciate it if you could give me the dosage and the way to administer (on skin or by mouth) lugol's or nascent iodine to my 12 year old female cat whom I believe to be suffering from hyperthyroidism.

Thank you for your time, Maire

Posted by Elizabeth (Carmel, In, Usa) on 01/25/2011

Greetings: Can someone please give me dosing information for Lugol's iodine, for my cat? I don't want to give it to her willy-nilly. I'd like to know for example, how many mg. per pound of weight... If anyone can provide this information I will be quite grateful!

Replied by Alyssa
Austin, Texas

Because iodine is absorbed through the skin, it's really easy to administer the proper amount. I found that it's chemically similar to a steroid that's been prescribed to heal my cat's chin-zits and jaundice in the past, and with similar results. Simply swab the iodine on the skin using a cotton swab. I've put the iodine on my cat's chin to fight the zits, but it's also nice to put it in the thin hair between a cat's eyes and ears so that you can see if and how quickly the iodine is being absorbed. My very timid baby doesn't mind the treatment, and hasn't put up a fight since the first time I used iodine.

Replied by Bo
Portland, Or Usa
10 posts

Could someone indicate what type of iodine and at what dosage/how much is used when painting? This is strong stuff!! I would hate to bring harm to my pet through my own ignorance!!