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Feline Hyperesthesia Remedies

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Posted by Marlene (Portsmouth Ri) on 08/17/2014

Feline Hyperesthesia: I need some solutions other than kitty Prozac.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
08/18/2014

Hey Marlene!

There is evidence that this condition may be connected to a brain/seizure disorder. You might consider Ted's Remedies for seizures:

"Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand):

I had a feedback of a child that had monthly epileptic seizures. The remedy for that one for a child anyway was 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and some magnesium citrate supplements, which was about 100-150 mg. A foundation exists because a disease exists, if there were no disease, a foundation would not exist and people would be out of a job. Hence, the system perpetuates the disease. An epileptic seizures at least on my observations were at least a couple things (but more) as the cause that can be considered in a home remedy: A heavy metal toxicity and hence magnesium reduces this problem.

An alkalization increases oxygen and the brain can heal itself.

A lecithin supplements for a child, for example might be 1/2 tablespoon a day. The lecithin promotes myelin sheath.

Both the myelin sheaths if insufficient the brain short circuits as there is no insulation to protect electrical neural travelling. The lecithin promotes myelin sheaths. Heavy metals are electrically conductive and causes the brain to short circuit. I have seen some children with epileptic seizures where the CAT scans show as white dots (metals absorbs the radiation so they appear white) on the brain. Those were the heavy metals that deposits.

Oh yes, and one more thing, vitamin C sodium ascorbate vitamin C is important as the brain has large stores of them necessary to protect against oxidants. A 250 mg dose will usually help too."

Based on this advice for a human child, a cat might take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water and have that as the only drinking water. After 5 days I would reduce to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of water.

In addition, I would consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon of lecithin for 5 days, and drop down to 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose after that.

Lastly, for the vitamin C, a reasonable dose for your cat might be 1/2 of a 250 mg pill twice daily.

Other considerations would be the diet; feed top shelf groceries - no grains or artificial additives, or consider feeding a RAW diet.

Replied by Susan
(Us)
07/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Feline Infectious Anemia

Posted by P-chic (Portland, Oregon) on 06/09/2012 10 posts

Hello... Does anyone have any home treatments to help with Feline Infectious Anemia, for a poor sick kitten who cannot afford to see a vet? thanx!

Replied by Nh Gardener
(Sanbornton, Nh, Usa)
06/18/2012

For P-Chic in Portland. OR for feline infectious anemia--Please give foodgrade diatomaceous earth (DE) in ACV-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. DE once a day, increasing gradually to 1--2 tsps. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from body, and both ACV and DE are said to help anemia. Check health food store or internet for DE, which is inexpensive. Also give gently melted coconut oil in food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to 1--2 tsps. 2 X/day. Best wishes for kitty.

Replied by Patti
(Usa)
05/11/2017

I think to give DE internally, at such high dosages, to any small animal such as a cat, especially to a sick kitten, may be unsafe for them.

At one site there is a small chart that has amounts suggested by weight and maturity of the cat. It suggests only a 1/2 teaspoon for a kitten up to 6-1/2 pounds (who are already eating solid food).

Even then, I would err on the side of safety and at least start with a much smaller amount. Then watch the kitty for any adverse reactions.

I have successfully used food grade DE (diatomaceous earth) mixed equally with Borax, to get rid of fleas in the environment. (both inside the house and outside the perimeter of the house, NOT for a pet to eat).

I applied it (50/50 mix of Borax and DE), on the carpets/rugs, upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding, etc, but only one room at a time (kept the pets out of the room being treated), Then after a day, vacuumed it up. Be aware that it may clog your vacuum cleaner and I suggest using a shop vac if you can.

At the same time, I sprinkled it outside around the edge where the ground meets the house, the window sills (inside and out), the ground from the edge of the house to the bushes, etc. You may need to use a dust mask and safety goggles to mix and apply it since it's a dusty combination.

Since then, no more fleas at all! (3 years so far).

Our cats didn't have any fleas, etc when we left our home to move, but got them at the motel we stayed at (that allowed pets), then the Vet at our new location suggested that the local feral cats (who strut by our yard and tease our kitties on their screened-in lanai) probably hang out under the bushes next to the screen and leave fleas too.

You may have to reapply it outside at some point due to rain.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis

Posted by Leonard (Australia) on 09/28/2014

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
09/29/2014

Hey Leonard!

Please visit EC's FIP page and start reading, and do not forget to scroll down - LOT's of ideas for you:

https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/feline-infectious-peritonitis.html

Replied by Selina
(Ohio, US)
11/17/2014

Hi please help me my 6 month kitty was diagnosed with wet FIP last week.. How is your cat doing now?


Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Posted by Cat Lover (Vancouver, Bc) on 07/31/2011

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.

Replied by Psychokat_xb
(Houston, Tx)
11/11/2011

Thought I should post to this. I had a kitten with this and later needed to put her down. She was very ill and in great pain. I did have 2 other adult cats at the time whom fell ill similar to sassy (the kitten). I changed their diet to home cooked chicken, beef, pork with rice and bottled water. I also added a vitamin supplement. In addition to the bottled water, I added soymilk and chicken broth so they will get plenty of hydration. They recovered.

Replied by Stealthpaws
(Plantersville, Tx)
01/12/2012

Hi.. To Catlover in Vancouver.... I have extensive experience with this awful disease... Or rather with cats who have it. I rescued a very young kitten in late 2001 or early 2 - very thin and covered in fleas. I took her to the vet before introducing her to the household (3 older cats) and had her tested, immunized, etc for "everything", and of course, cleaned her up, etc. Well, it turns out that she has FIP, and she gave it to the other 3 cats almost immediately. Long story short, she is still alive and healthy (in remission) - unfortunately the other 3 have passed on, BUT... 2 of the 3 died of causes other than FIP, and they lived to realatively ripe old ages for cats. I don't know if you know any of this stuff already, but I'll put what I know here anyway, and I apologize, but there are some pertinent facts I simply can't remember at this moment... FIP is actually a mutation of a virus (that's what I can't remember... Which virus) that is normal in cats. In other words, they most all carry it. This mutation can occur in two different ways. One is called "wet" form, the other "dry". "Wet" is almost always fatal within a short period of contracting it, but "dry" can be managed. The problem is since it is a mutation of a "normal" virus, at least in my experience, many vets will tell you that "there IS NO TEST" for FIP. Some don't even recognize it as a disease. There IS a test, but it tests for a certain type of cell, and it's expensive.

Now, I don't know if there are other ways of management- I've only recently discovered more Earthly treatments for people... Much less animals, but what my vet did was experimental treatment using a combination of very light but consistent steroid treatment and thyroid support with a managed diet. The most important things I've had to do for her were to 1) manage her diet, to avoid any stress on her digestive system (where the virus is most active). Use very benign food, (we use a prescription food because it contains virtually no irritants), no hard to digest proteins, especially fish of ANY kind, no dyes, etc. If and when she needs additional special dietary care, it's strictly chicken- either baby food, or boiled and mashed that I make for her... And 2) KEEP HER ISOLATED from ANY other cats. This means COMPLETELY isolated. This virus is horribly contagious. It is transferred through the litter box, the food dish, the water dish, if your cat licks you... Etc. The virus is a fairly long-lived virus comparatively, and can even be transferred via your clothing, etc. - (mostly wet form). Dry is less agressive because the cat isn't as sick and thus isn't excreting so much yuck. My cat is 10 or 11 (?), stocky, & healthy with perfect "cattitude". Don't give up. They will sometimes go through periods of sickness... But with literally devout care, they can pull through. I have 4 other cats, all rescues and all "special needs" kitties, and they are all FIP free.

I am not prepared to discontinue her current treatment which has worked so well for so long to experiment with ACV or AC... But if her condition "flares", I will indeed introduce one or both of these things to try to heal her.

I hope this helps or encourages you. There IS hope for FIP kitties.

Replied by Aida Tan
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
09/03/2012

Hi Stealthpaws, please help me on my kitten persian Bella, she diagnosed with wet form of FIP. But when I talk to the Vet, informed that she is dry form of FIP. I am so confused and I am now so emotional and also my daughter cried a lot. We love her so much as we took her from the petshop. She is so cute. We don't want to lose her totally. Can you help me on this?

Replied by Tmay
(Santa Cuz, Ca, Usa)
11/19/2012

FIP. It sounds like your vet knows what they are talking about. I suggest a second opinion.

I had a sick cat who I took to a new vet because I was new in town, LA. He did a blood test and the cat tested positive for FIP. The vet said to think about putting him down. I phoned the store where I had bought a new kitten who had gotten a little sick with sneezing and that had triggered my older bigger cat to get sick. The store gave me the number of the breeder of the kitten. I talked to her and she said that when cats are sick they test positive for a lot of things which they don't necessarily have. She said to go to another vet and gave me some names. A cat magazine said to always check with a breeder when you get to town to find out whom they recommend. They have had enough cats and experiences that they can gage a vet. Very good advice. Don't go by the most popular vet in a newspaper or by a certificate of thanks from a city. I felt very badly for the beautiful beloved pets that were being treated by the first vet who was faking being competent. My cat recovered.

I suggest not buying animals from a store. It is better to buy from a breeder who knows what they are doing, or rescue an animal from a shelter or from a rescue organization. Wonderful beautiful animals, cats kittens, dogs puppies, rabbits, chickens and even more exotic pets are being euthanized constantly for the lack of a home.

When you get a new animal, whether you have purchased one or found a stray, keep it separated to find out if it is sick to protect your other animals. Doing that will give you the time to look for the owner if it is a stray, post the neighborhood, take it to a vet who will scan it for free to see if it has a chip that has up to date info. Regarding 50% of chipped animals the owners did not realize that they had to inform the chip people of their name and address. They thought someone else did it. When left to others, invariably there are mistakes, so follow through. Inform the shelter that you found it in case someone is looking for it, and tell them you will keep it at your house. This appears to apply to cats and not dogs. After a certain amount of time, it is yours. Then you can spend the money to have its blood tested by a vet so that you know it is negative on diseases. Don't offer to give it away for free on Craigslist. People can pretend to be good owners when they plan to sell it to a lab for experimentation, and they are good actors and you don't know it. Introduction to other cats in the house is best done slowly, with the animals separated in different rooms by a door, and exchanging socks with the smell of the other on it, so that the scent gets to be familiar.


Feline Neuropathy

Posted by Christel (Nolanville, Tx, United States) on 05/31/2011

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.

Replied by Lela
(Modesto, Ca)
07/05/2011

This may sound unusual but check your cat for signs of an ear infection. If it has one, it will affect balance and coordination. Especially falling to one side and not steady enough to walk. In this case an antibiotic is needed. You can go to a feed store and tell them and they can give you it at a lower cost. Home remedy work to restore ear health and I use a natural product called Walley oil. My cats don't mind it but you have to be gentle because those ears can to sore. Also, with warm water clean the ear and around it. I don't know if clay is a good idea (ingested) I've never seen a cat do that naturally and clay litters can form a lining in the intestine. I wouldn't use it routinely but maybe ok for an emergency. You might have to call someone like at a feedstore or veterinary for assistance. Sometimes they will talk to you about it without a visit.

At healthfood stores there is a product call yeast plus made by twin labs. It is a complete food and I've seen it help a lot of sick animals. For a small cat, (some will eat it on thier own) one tps mixed in water. Use an eye dropper. Watch for signs of improvement. Unless it is a chronic condition it shouldn't be needed all the time. Hope your kitty gets better.


Feline Pododermatitis (Pillow Foot) Remedies

Posted by Christina (Or) on 08/05/2020

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.

Replied by Robert
(Silver City)
02/08/2022

Chlorine Dioxide in a spray bottle. There is a documentary called Universal Antidote I HIGHLY recommend you watch it then you can purchase some CD at kvlab.com costs about 30 bucks but will last you 6 months or more depending on how often you use it. Its for humans and animals but CAUTION it is very powerful and you have to get the right dosage. You can buy the book called MMS Health Recovery Guidebook by Jim Humble. The CD guide book gives you protocols to follow but chapter 15 is solely dedicated to animals. It's a one-to-one ratio when mixing the solution ALWAYS so that's not hard to mess up and easy to remember. It truly works miracles. Good luck.


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)
03/29/2012

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)
01/05/2013

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)
03/26/2014

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.

Check it out: http://www.ramesescats.co.uk/health/infertility/

http://www.hdw-inc.com/fertilitymale.htm


Flea Dips

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

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)
07/12/2010

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)
07/13/2010

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)
05/16/2011

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 amazon.com 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)
12/29/2015

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.

USED:
*Dish soap (Ajax, but any will do).
*Rice Vinegar (this is just what I had)
*Baby shampoo
*tweezers
*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)
04/20/2009

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)
01/12/2010

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)
09/15/2010

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)
03/28/2012

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.


Flea Remedy for Kittens
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)
10/12/2005
383 posts

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)
10/20/2008

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)
10/21/2008

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.

Ted

Replied by Kelly
(Athens, Georgia)
01/02/2009

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)
01/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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)
12/03/2009

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)
04/17/2010

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)
03/17/2014

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
(Florida)
04/23/2015

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.

Replied by Denise
(Florida)
04/23/2015

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.

Replied by Vicki
(Tx)
11/22/2015

Food grade diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Susan
(Miami Springs, Fl)
01/11/2016

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)
07/18/2014

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.

{{{{{{{{Nicholson}}}}}}}}}

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)
07/18/2014

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)
03/23/2015

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)
04/20/2016

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 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.


General Feedback
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)
10/11/2011

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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