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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!!


Posted by Asma (Karachi, Pakistan) on 11/13/2011

I have a 4 year old male persian. A month ago he was diagnosed with pre-hep jaundice. He went thru a 5 day anti-biot injection course. Relapsed. Was put on oral anti-biot for 7 days. Relapsed again. And is now on a 3 week course of the same oral anti-biot. Test results at the time of relapse #2 showed that jaundice was due to a parasite, which we are treating.

He's been doing better - a little fussy about food, but has developed a skin rash on the frontside of his neck and two spots on the backside of his neck. Before the jaundice I had noticed a abrasion/lesion which I cleaned with antiseptic and chalked off to a scuffle with a neighbourhood cat. Now that same lesion is purple with small specks of scab and has spread.

I dont want to pump my poor Manoscheher with more anti-biots. I haven't taken a single anti-biot in 25 years and resort to natural remedies myself. I hate having to give him these anti-biots, but I dont understand his ailments and how I can help him with natural remedies that will bring relief to him asap.

Would really appreciate some advice regarding tackling to his internal parasitic infection and the skin rashes. Bless!

Kitten Issues

Posted by Debbie (St.louis, Missouri, Usa) on 09/19/2012

My 9 week old kitten has had a swollen, draining eye for over a week. Can't afford vet bill until next week. Found this site. Just dabbed equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water on the back of her neck as instructed here. She got a good whiff of it a sneezed about 4 times in a row. Then she tried to run away from the smell, but I had already gotten her. So hoping this will work!! I'll let you know. I need little Lady Isabella to be cured! Thank you everyone for sharing your testimonies on this site.

Kitten Issues
Posted by Meccamoo (White Mountains, Az) on 06/18/2011

About a month ago, two kittens found me. I let them inside, they're rocking cute. Problem is they need kitty mother's milk and I don't know what to feed them. They have fondly taken to my male Oreo kitty - he's 11 yrs and very furry. They all get along really well. They knead his belly (which is now pink) looking for food. Oreo's is kind enough (or lazy enough?) to allow this often - though he has no milk to give. He is hot for the girl kitty which makes me wonder if he was ever really neutered. Two questions: What can I feed the little one that isn't very expensive and will provide them with nutrients they need. (They have been eating Oreo's dry cat food and sometimes I give them plain yogurt and or milk). How can I keep Oreo from humping the female kitten?

Thank you very very very much.

Replied by Meccamoo
(Pinetop, Az)

Please help me understand why my 11 year old neutered male cat continually humps these kittens. Any advice? Anyone?Also is there anything I can feed the two kittens to help them wean?

Replied by Linda
(San Francisco, Ca, Usa)

Hi Meccamoo, I know your kitties are long since weaned, but this may help someone else with the same problem. I have raised many baby kitties with the following:

Meyenberg canned goat milk, about 1/2 cup (grocery)

1 or 2 whole raw egg yolks

"Missing Link" nutrient powder for cats (pet store or Ebay)

A small amount of water (~ 1 tablespoon or so, to help keep the kitten/s hydrated.)

Mix the above very well together and feed the kitties every couple of hours, including through the night (just like a human baby). Use an eye dropper (carefully, go into the side of their little mouths, there is a gap between the teeth there) if you have to, but don't "push" it into them, "offer" it and let them lick it off the dropper, or off your Very Clean finger. They *may* suck directly to the end of the dropper, if they can/do that's great, but it ain't going to be the same as Mama..

Very young kittens can dehydrate and die easily, and also cannot produce enough body heat to keep themselves warm enough, so you will have to keep them sheltered and watch that water intake. Fleas will also make them anemic and kill them pretty quickly, so you may have to brush them to get fleas off (outside of course). A human boar bristle baby brush can be used for this. Or you can pick the fleas off and put them into a small bowl of any kind of oil; they won't be able to hop out, and will drown. If you must use a source of heat, use your own body heat, it's the only truly safe thing I know of, unless you have a whelping heating pad around the house (Ebay).

Those will cover the major and most likely problems you may run into...

Namaste, Linda

L-Lysine for Feline Herpes Outbreaks

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Posted by Maria (Louisville, Ky) on 02/21/2013
4 out of 5 stars

L-Lysine for cats with herpes virus

Please consider posting information on your site about the amino acid, L-Lysine. It is very effective in controlling the frequency, duration and severity of feline herpes outbreaks. Many of your posters are under the impression that they can resolve swollen, runny eyes with ACV, when what is happening is their cats is experiencing a viral outbreak that will run its course and resolve on it's own anyway. As long as the drainage is clear, eyes should be left alone. If the drainage in the eye becomes green and thick or the eye can't open, then it is evident that a bacterial infection is at work and an antibiotic is needed. (I use fishmox regularly) While nothing cures or prevents cat herpes, L-Lysine is a valuable tool in your arsinol. While the ACV may help in terms of cleansing the eye, (I cannot imagine that it doesn't sting, even when diluted) it is in no way effecting the viral outbreak. I dose my cats with L-lysine 3 times a week by mixing a 500mg capsule into wet food. It tasts salty and they din't seem to mind the addition at all. I buy human grade L-lysine (usually NOW brand as it comes in a capsule that is already granulated and easy to open and mix, it beats crushing pills) I have had fantastic results.

Mega Colon Remedies

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Posted by Joyce (Jacksonville, Florida) on 01/26/2020

Anyone have any ideas on what to give a middle age cat with something called mega colon? I have spent thousands at the vet but nothing seems to help her. She has a hard time going to the bathroom and when she does it seems to hurt and is bloody sometimes. Hard as a rock mostly but sometimes very soft. The only thing we do is put Metamucil in her food. Any other ideas?

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

I don't have a cat but I read A LOT. Dr. Batmanghelidj wrote about pets using specific salt ratio in water and its in earth clinic somewhere but I can't find the ratio....a book in my pile has it somewhere. Anyway he used it to treat many pet diseases. Sea salt with minerals in it. So many amazing testimonials from people who used it. Salt works like an antihistamine because histamine is caused by a mineral salt/water imbalance. salt holds water in place and water helps our intestines move the food through to the exit port. Need the right ratio to do this.

Replied by Soazburrolady
(Southern AZ)

Hi Joyce, I had a kitty with mega colon. Although his vet termed it ideopathic, I believe it was due to spinal problems he had when we got him as a kitten. As he aged, he began experiencing occasional severe constipation, which became chronic. We had to do enemas for him at home, and sometimes take him in for more extensive procedures. Poor baby. Initially we tried pumpkin, then lactulose, and finally Cisipride. Though I prefer natural therapies for myself and my animals, the Cisipride finally made his life comfortable. It causes peristalsis in the colon and allows them to have a bowel movement. This drug was taken off the market for humans years ago due to it having some serious side effects. As I recall, the vets were somewhat reluctant to prescribe enough for our kitty's needs, and I was able to find it online from overseas. I do believe it made the last years of his life much more comfortable. All the best. PS If you do an enema at home (takes 2 people and is not at all easy), NEVER use a prepared enema solution, such as Fleet brand on a cat. It is deadly! We used warm water with a tiny bit of soap.

Replied by Andrea
(United States)

Try Probiotics and ground flaxseed for colon issues.

Replied by Sharon R
5 out of 5 stars

I had a 6 y. O. cat with bad mega colon. I gave him 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of miralax in his food. He also had a spasmodic motility med to move his bowels. Occasional rectal laxatives doesn't really work great like the miralax did. It worked wonders.

Replied by Helen
(Ronkonkoma, NY)
8 posts

I had the same problem with my male 12 year old. Started giving him 1/4 t of MiraLax (I use store brand-Equate ClearLax) and so far he has been fine. I put it in a little bit of juice from canned cat food and add a little water and he laps it up and loves it.

Meow Remedies

Posted by Kelly (Farmersville, California Usa) on 12/01/2009

I Need A Remedy For A Cat Who Can't Meow

There is a stray cat who comes over to our place every so often, and I feed it and give it water. I don't know if the cat is a boy or a girl. The problem is, the poor thing can't meow. I gave it some hairball remedy in case the problem was a hairball. I don't know if that is the problem or not, but if it turns out that the problem may be caused by something else, I'd appreciate any advice I can get. What remedy would you suggest for a cat who suddenly seems to have lost its meow? Thanks in advance!

Replied by Puppetrina
(Houston, Tx)

not all cats meow...or meow often...does the cat try to meow? Cats meow specifically as a signal to their humans..if a cat was raised with no humans, it may have a tendency not to meow....except when in heat to signal a mate...or to it's kittens...

Replied by Kelly
(Farmersville, Ca)

The cat tries to meow, but it only makes a sound like it's trying to hock up a hairball. I forgot to mention this before. I don't know what is causing this. It's worrisome. The cat has been here several times and it was able to meow before. But now it just opens its mouth like it's going to meow, but these little coughing sounds come out instead. It's not choking on aything because it's able to eat its food and drink its water. I would like to help this cat, but I don't really know what to do, except give it hairball medicine. Has any body here ever dealt with this problem before with a cat? If so, I'd love it if you could help me out by suggesting some remedies you've used in the past to treat this problem.

Replied by Laura
(Fairview, Nc)

Kelly, I started feeding a feral kitten this past Summer and found that he could not meow very well...he could barely get a squeak out of his mouth. It is now Winter and since he has been fed good food on a regular basis he has slowly developed a fairly good voice...much improved. He also had ear mite infestation, so I have been using over-the-counter ear mite treatment. It is possible that getting the ear mites under control has helped with his voice.

Replied by Paulette

Hi, I find good raw food like kangaroo mince really helps them get better.If you can I find a good quality acidolphus also helps a multitude of problems like urinary tract crystals. I also add rainwater to my cats meat in dry months. He won't drink fluoridised water. Smart kitty.

Multiple Ailments

Posted by Carolyn (Chattanooga, Tn Usa) on 10/16/2012

Our Garfield, about 10 years old, had a bad fall down into a small spot between a desk and book case. We have made several trips to the vet, but he is still not eating or using his back legs much. In spite of the appetite stimulant, he just won't eat. I have been givind him food and water with a syringe, orally. I need a homemade recipe for shampoo with no chemicals, reccomendations for appetite enhancers, and a homemade device to put training wheels on a cat. We also need miracles, if anyone has an excess. Thank you.

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Tory (Las Vegas, Nv 89166) on 01/10/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I have spent at least $1000. on Vets, with Bloodwork, antibionic Tresaderm, my cat of 15 yrs. he was dying, The Vet had tried to talk me into putting him to sleep, but I went to Earth Clinic Pets and after ACV rinses, coconut oil, Activated charcoal, colloidal silver, sea buckhorn berry oil, wheat grass, caster oil, flax seed oil, blackstrap molasses, Blue Buffulo, fresh Tuna, spring water in a fountain, trips to the park in his stroller. He is 50% better (Earth Clinic, Thank you so much) Still there is something wrong with his one ear, I think there is a connection to the cataract in his eye on that same side of his face and he still breaths very heavy, PLEASE HELP???

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sheri (Atascadero, Ca) on 10/06/2014

My Maine Coon rescue has had an ongoing case of feline herpes virus. ACV, steam, and one 7-day treatment of amoxicillin helped him through acute phase. He started eating again and felt a lot better. I still give him diluted organic ACV and lysine powder in his food, but the hacking cough has hung on for many months. The vet told me to try one drop of 0.5% phenylephrine in each nostril about 3 times a day. That's Neosynephrine. He hates it but the drops seem to help. Its been a week and no more coughing.

Nail Infection

Posted by Heebie (Toronto, On, Canada) on 01/04/2013

Hello. My calico cat is 12 years old. About a year ago I found she had a black crusty substance at the bottom of one of her nail close to the skin. I took her to the vet who said it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics. She was on Clavamox for a few weeks. The antibiotics seems to help, but even after two rounds it never went away completely.

Recently I noticed that it had returned and had now spread to three nails, and two of them are also infected. Behind the black sludge is a thick greenish white pus. I have been washing out the nails with diluted hydrogene peroxide, and using some antibotic cream that is safe for pets. One nail did clear up, but the other two are still infected.

She does not seemed to be bothered by this or in any pain, she is more bothered when I clean it. Any suggestions? I can take her back for more antibiotics, but they didn't seem to work all that well and was hoping for another solution.

I do have another cat as well as a dog, and I have checked all of their nails and nothing has spread to them, so I am assuming this is not a fungal infection.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Rose

I'd also like to know more about nail/claw and paw pad infections. My 10 yo Persian is not a scratcher so his claws get long. I either have a groomer or vet clip them. I don't trust myself clipping them because I have to do it alone which means holding him down at the same time I try to clip. He fights having this done. He's basically a well behaved cat and lets me bathe him, but no claw clipping.

Anyway, I noticed he had a claw that was starting to curl. It wasn't yet time for the groomer or vet so I let it go...I know this was wrong and I feel awful. About a week later, I noticed his paw was sticking out at the spot of the long claw, but I couldn't see any swelling or liquid coming from it. It didn't seem to bother him even though this claw would make noise on the floor. He sounded more like a dog walking around. About two days later, his paw looked wet on the front and black on the back and is hard as a rock. He is no longer walking on it. :( It's a holiday wkend, places are closed and I currently have no car. I started soaking his paw in peroxide and water and he didn't flinch. If it's infected, wouldn't he feel the peroxide? He only allows me to soak it for about a min and then he fights to get away. I also ran out of peroxide. I did use salt water once too. Soaking didn't soften it at all. No pus that I saw. His paw smells awful, like poop. So I'm wondering if maybe he didn't step on his poop and got it stuck in his claws. He did this one other time when he was younger. Got poop stuck between two claws and I didn't know what it was because it was so hard. He walked around with this thing hanging onto the end of his paw for a few days until it finally fell off. Then I realized that, yes, it was a piece of petrified poop. Sounds funny, but it was true. So now I'm wondering if the hard, black stuff on the back of his paw is once again poop or infection. Regardless, I'm finding a way to get him to the vet on Tues. He seems fine otherwise, is eating/drinking like normal, no fever either. He is though staying away from me more than usual, I guess because he doesn't want me looking at or doing anything to his paw. I have to pick him up now to brush him where as he used to almost beg for brushing as soon as I got up in the morning...he loves it! He'd rather be brushed and petted than eat. He's always been a picky eater and never a big eater either. It took me awhile to get him to even look at wet food and now, he just licks out the gravy and lets the rest lay. I throw out a LOT of wet food. He loves the Royal Canin for Persians dry food, but even seems to get bored with that sometimes. He doesn't even like chicken. I can put a tiny piece of delicious, cooked white meat under his nose and he turns his head away. Never met a cat who didn't love chicken!! He's the weirdest cat who ever owned me!

I just wish I could do something for his hard paw before we get to the vet in a day or two. :(

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Rose,

Wishing you good luck at the vet. And one thought for claw clipping: if your cat lets you give him a bath, try clipping the claws while he is in the tub! The change of environment and being at your mercy in the tub might change his attitude and allow you to easily clip his claws.

Natural Aids for Milk Production

Posted by Ashley (Canada) on 07/01/2014

I have a young cat who just had 7 tiny kittens. She had a very long labour with one kitten stuck for about 10 hours before hubby and I pulled it out, dead :( We thought she was done after 6, came home from work to another one, but dead :( :( When I went to change the bloody bedding from their box, we examined the kittens and found one to be severely deformed and needed to be put down :(they are 1/2 manx kittens and spine and leg deformities are common) Mama cat has been with her babies nearly constantly and is very nurturing so I think she will do a great job but I have felt her mammaries and they seem to be completely empty. I am wondering what I can give her to help her produce enough milk to nourish her tiny little babies...can I give her a fennel tea? any other advice is much appreciated TIA!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Ashley!

If this were my cat I would take her to the vet immediately to ensure all the placentas have been expelled. A vet visit now - along with a shot of oxytocin to clear out the uterus which will also help bring down the milk - is far cheaper than an emergency room visit for a rotting retained placenta.

That said, check your queens nipples to make sure they are not blocked by waxy plugs. You can boost milk supply by making sure your queen has fresh water and is not dehydrated. Feeding high quality protien is a must at this time; feed her high quality food 4x day at this stage of the game. I find that milk supply will increase as the kits grow and drink more.

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