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Neurological Problems

Posted by Catlover (Cincinnati,ohio) on 09/30/2014

I have a one yr old male cat that developed neurological problems after neutering. Have seen 3 vets, last one holistic. He is now unable to walk, likes to stretch his head back, are syringing food part time. He is on choline, immune boosters, liver pills and minerals....not seeing any improvement..does anyone have any ideas? Such a precious little guy, thanks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/30/2014

Hey Catlover!

Sorry to hear about your sweet boy.

Are you taking him to Mount Healthy Animal Hospital? If so, the only other thing I can think of would be a vet who practices EFT. You can do this yourself if you cannot find a vet: http://eft.mercola.com/

Sending healing prayers to you both.

{{{{Catlover}}}}

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
10/01/2014

Hi Catlover -- the only thing I can think of is to take BRAHMI or its other name GOTU KOLA. It works on the brain and nervous system. You could mix it with some honey, say a quarter tsp. of the powder in warm water twice a day for some time. Have you examined his eyes? Did you find a fine line on the outer part of his pupil?

You can get this as a powder on line and it is a famous Ayurvedic remedy. It even repairs brain damage and is a powerful blood cleanser.

Did your cat get an injection? A vaccination?

I hope things will improve. Namaste , Om

Replied by Catlover
Cincinnati, OH
10/02/2014

Thanks so much for responding, we asked for the rabies vac. not to be given, suspect it was. I just noticed a line across one of his eyes yesterday, what is that a symptom of? Again appreciate advice, will check into Brahmi ASAP.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
10/02/2014

Hello Catlover --- people in general who have their animals/pets vaccinated, should examine their pets eyes. That fine line indicates damage to the nervous system.

The rabies vaccination is one of the most damaging poisons of all vaccinations; of course all four fold, etc. vacs. No homeopathic meds can correct it even though people think Thuja will eradicate damage - to no avail.

The truth about rabies here in Canada, for example, is that whenever the Press heard of an unsubstantiated incident, they blew it up to untold proportions, creating public scare and the tactic worked: money flowed into the coffers of the professional sector I.e. veterinary businesses.

When then, after a while, it became public that indeed there was no proof of rabies in the end, it was not given prominence and business was established.

For example, just yesterday I found out gov't has removed all deworming meds from the pet/feed stores. To force us spending a fortune on even one lousy pill plus bring in the animal, plus, plus. Bottomline: greed and manipulation of the public. The professional community lives by the society but holds it to ransom.

You will need to research to at least reverse the damage done to your pet and upbraid the vet who went against your request not to do what he brazenly did. Stand up for your rights. Your decision was not respected.

My only solace in view of all this is the knowledge I have from India's spiritual sector is that "what is seen now will not be seen again". Those that do damage to beings and the environment will not be forgiven. For us who know this, there is personal responsibility.

We will have a completely different medical system in the near future but we have to be patient and have faith.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Paulette
Sydney
01/21/2016

I tend to use a high grade acidolphus and bovine colustrum for lots of healing.

Replied by Inky
Colorado Springs, Co
04/20/2016

For internal use: try the aloe recipe noted above your comment. Tahitian Noni is wonderful for overall health too. I place it in the frig, for usage shake well and in a small bottle, use 1 ml from dropper, 3 times daily. Finally, Omega 3 oil benefits the entire body. Consult how to use with your doctor.


Pau D'arco for UTI

Posted by Nicole (San Diego, CA) on 07/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

A couple years ago my cat had a urinary tract infection (I assumed - he was peeing all around the house right in front of me and there would be little if any urine and blood in it). I took him off of dry food and put some drops of Pau D'Arco Herbal Glycerite Extract into his water bowl. Within a day his behaviour changed and his kitty litter box was put to good use. He went back to being the happy crazy cat he was before - and I no longer get cheap dry food! He's never had another infection in the past couple years and he has a preference for dry food. I probably put about 10 drops or so of the extract (mine was alcohol free and from Herb Pharm) into his bowl and kept him inside to make sure he wouldn't get water from another source.... but that was about 2 years ago so I'm not sure on the exact amount.


Plasma Cell Pododermatitis Remedies

Posted by Maria (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 07/09/2013

Pododermatitis in my cat. Please do you know of any thing that can help my poor cat he has such bad paws they are really swollen and look very very bad. I can see he has trouble putting pressure on them an now has his paws extended to take a bit of pressure off paws. He had had steriods at the vet serveral times injected only helped for short time and doesn't really work much. I have sprayed colloidal silver on paws to see if this helps but still sore. Have you got any ideas, I feel it cruel to have him in such pain and want to try to heal him asap. Thanks Maria

Replied by Om
Hope Bc, Canada
07/10/2013

Please obtain MMS and see protocols online. It should be the one thing that will work.

See GreenMeds online to inform yourself of the dangers of statins. Stay away from pharma drugs. Hope your dear cat will respond to treatment. I am about to take MMS myself, so is my little dog. All the best and keep in touch. Om


Plasmacytic Pododermatitis

Posted by Kate59 (Kingston, Ny, United States) on 11/16/2012

Love your site. 3 years ago I adopted a one-yr-old cat, named Jon Jon. After 6 months he developed swollen front pads, bloody and sore. My cats are all indoors. I contacted the vet and the lady I adopted him from. Surgery to remove the pads were recommended.

After researching on the web, I found some vets using doxycycline to treat the plasmacytic pododermatitis. My vet wrote me a prescription and within days his pads were normalizing. I followed the protocol. 2 weeks later they became swollen again, so again I used the doxycycline.

I decided (instead of constant antibiotic treatment) to put him on probiotics. He's been fine ever since! Everyday I sprinkle a small amount of refrigerated probiotic on his wet food (a small amount of wet food). Once a day. One capsule lasts 5 - 6 days for him.

Just wanted to share this with any readers having this problem with a cat or a dog. Thanks! Kate

Replied by Marlene
San Diego
12/08/2013

What brand/type of probiotics are you feeding your cat? I'm afraid my cat has the same disease.

Replied by Kate77
Hudson Valley, Ny
12/13/2014

The probiotics I use are the solgar brand or sloray in the refrigerated section of the health food store They run about 25 dollars for 60 pills. We take the same ones so our cat consumes about 3 pills per bottle, given a dash each day in his food, No plasmacytic pododermatitis in 5 years.....YaY!

Replied by Stephanie
South Carolina
11/30/2018

How long did it take for the probiotics to work?


Pumpkin

Posted by Mary Ann (Southington, CT) on 06/09/2009

I am interested in giving my cat canned pumpkin with her food. Just a little bit, but cannot find it. All I can find is the pumpkin pie filling. Can you tell me where I locate this.

EC: If it's 100% pumpkin, it will work! We found ours in the grocery store aisle next to the canned cherries (for cherry pie)... If your brand contains other ingredients besides pumpkin, try Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

Replied by Katylucyb
Wichita, Ks
01/18/2013

Pumpkin is a vegetable so look in the canned vegetable section for pure 100% pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling. My store stocks it in both the vegetable section and with the pie fillings.


Pumpkin for Nausea

Posted by Kitty Parent (Vancouver, Bc) on 12/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hello so my cat is quite nauseous I gave him some canned organic pumpkin and Cat milk he was able to keep it down


Respiratory Infection

Posted by Mama To Many ( Tennessee, US) on 04/20/2015

We have an outdoor kitten that is about 9 months old. She was sneezing a lot, low on energy and appetite. I put colloidal silver in her water for a couple of days and now she is back to normal! ~Mama to Many~

Replied by Marlita
Cuenca, Ecuador
05/23/2015

How much Silver were you putting into how much water? I try to give it orally to my kitten but she hates it. And do you know how many ppm your silver is?

Replied by Erica
Atlanta, Ga
08/15/2015

I have an indoor cat and she is 1year old and she sneezing alot and not her self. What should I do. I think she is sick

EC: Hi Erica,

Please see this page for additional remedies: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/feline_respiratory_disease.html


Posted by Tia (Eugene, Oregon) on 08/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

A long time ago, my parents stumbled across the medicinal properties of Goldenseal. Last year, during the rainy Oregon winter, a 1/2 feral litter of kittens started trying to find shelter on my porch. Not long after they started coming around, the mother left them (went into heat i assume) and came back with a hellish upper respiratory infection. She proceeded to spread it to the whole litter. I had no money to take them to a vet, and they were dying of it. I wasn't sure if the Goldenseal would be poisonous to them, but I figured they were so bad off, it was worth a try. I used the liquid extract, started small, maybe one dropperfull to two cans of wet food, and eventually raised it to 3 droppersfull (between 1 adult and 5 3-4 month old kittens). They improved from even the smaller amounts, and improved drastically from higher dosages. Although for those that couldn't smell the wet food, i had to mix a few drops in canned salmon or tuna juice to get them to eat it. It didn't harm them. I swear by the stuff now, and have used it on my own indoor cats (though I've never gotten them to take it without forcing them.) Everyone should be aware that goldenseal doesn't just work on humans.

Replied by Tony
NYC, NY
10/17/2008

goldenseal, ill try.my 10 year old female cat suffers w phlem build up have to use clavamox 4 x year to relieve her. looking for a natural alternative....thanks!

Replied by Jennifer
Dexter, Maine
01/30/2010

i have a kitten about 6 months old he had come down with a cough when he coughs he acts like he has something cought in his throat but i had checked and there was nothing there.so i know he has a cold i was wondering what i could give him to help him get over it? i can't afford to take him to the vets right now.i am on a fixed income so any thing that someone thinks might work please please help me we call him baby kitty he was sick and small when we got him please help me.someone told me to wipe a small amount of vicks on his bed but i didn't dare cause i don't want to lose my baby by my mess up he is still eating his wet food but not to much of his kitten chow. please help me.

Replied by Rachel
Idaho
08/15/2016

Tia, do you still swear by goldenseal it must obviously come in a liquid also right? Is that the same goldenseal humans use? I have a month 1/2 old feral little girl kitten whose nose is runny a bit, eyes look watery, sneezes & sounds very congested with a sneezy wheezy cough sound. If there's anything anybody can suggest that is 110% safe to give her please let me know. I'm very broke right now but keeping her alive & back to healthy is my # 1 goal. Thank you.


Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia
08/15/2016

Rachael, please give your cat vit c 250grms 2x a day and colloidal silver 5mls a 3x a day for 3 days then 5mls 2x a day then 5mls 1xday for week, good luck


Replied by F
Mayodan Ncusa
09/08/2013

Don't no went to the beach sunday came bk eed. Hav done this lots of times cat was fine sunday wed nite wen I git home wen she looked at me I could tell by her eyes she was sick they look very weak then she use the bathroom in the floor and never done that before she was fine when I left I have 3 other cats in the house and they are fine but when I got home I could tell she was very sickly but seems to be in good health when I left she still 18 on Thursday so I didn't have the money until Friday morning to take her to the vet flipper died Friday morning before flipper died early fri. A. M. Bfore I got paid and cud take her to the vet but seem to be very healthy on Sunday her I have a really weak when I came in the door when she just looked at me I cleaned her up real good because she had use the bathroom on herself she was my lap cat she would kiss me on my nose my forehead she would lick me the wake me up she was just my baby I have 3 other cats in the house and they same fine flipper was 11 years old she was breathing really hard and would not eat or drink any water do you have a clue what this could be I didn't have the money to have an autopsy done I miss my baby so much

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/09/2013

Dear F - I do not have an answer for you, but I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Flipper.

Posted by Rathmussen (Montreal, Canada) on 06/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I took the tip from someone on this site to put ACV on the scruff of my cat to help with a respiratory infection, and not only did it help her condition a bit, her whole coat has become magically lush. I don't know if it was spread everywhere from us petting her or brushing her with a baby brush, or if it was absorbed through her skin and spread from there, but wow. She was always a scruffy runt, but now she's downright regal looking!

Replied by Amber
Houston, TX
06/18/2008

I was just wondering how long it took for your cat to get over the infection once you used the ACV? My kitten has conjunctivitis and a URI, the vet was going to charge me $200 for his visit. After reading this site I decided to try it on him. I'm hoping it clears up soon.

Replied by Joy
Addy, WA
06/19/2008

Hi Amber,

We have 15 cats which are up to at least 16 years old. We have not had to take them to a vet for a long time. (I would definitely take any of them that needed to go- in case of emergency to a natural vet near us.) Many of our cats were very sick when we got them (one was diagnosed with FIV 10 years ago), and several were dying from distemper, etc. Today, they are healthy and fluffy, with shiny coats and eyes. Some look like show cats.

For any eye infections, we have homemade Colloidal Silver that is dropped into the eyes several times a day with a dropper.(I also use it for pinkeye on myself and the results are almost instant.) I buy Colloidal Silver online for any other illnesses. It works quickly.

For nutrition, we switched to a raw, homemade diet for our cats, and that made all the difference. We use a basic recipe, and then add some beneficial herbs to it.

Along with the CS, any of our seriously ill cats recieved a mixture given by dropperfuls at intervals daily.

Two of our cats were dying from a URI years ago (They got it at the vet's office when being fixed, and nothing he gave them later helped. Blood was coming out of their noses, and they hadn't eaten in 4 days.) I was new to natural cures and gave them several drops of echinacea straight after looking up the amount in a book. This was so powerful they were sputtering, but both were eating within a half hour. I had to continue with the echinacea for about a month until they were completely recovered.

Giving echinacea and vitamin c is much easier (and safer in the case of a kitten or very weak cat) on the patient when mixed in the drops, though. You just measure how much they can have a day, and then put that in your dropper bottle along with other ingredients. Give a little every hour or couple hours or so around the clock if the illness is serious.

A tiny kitten would of course, take much less than a cat. But you would want to give enough to get rid of the infection.

In conclusion, i would give Colloidal Silver on an empty stomach several times a day. A small squirt from a dropper in the side of the mouth. With a different bottle, i would put a few drops of CS in each eye several times a day.

Next, i would put about 8 drops of echinacea in a dropper bottle, 1/8 tsp fish oil, 500 mg Vitamin C Powder. (If possible, i would also put a drop Vitamin E, 1/8 tsp nutrional yeast flakes, 1/8 tsp. barley grass powder, 1/8 tsp. liver powder, 1/4 tsp. colostrum, all available inexpensively in bulk online from a single place.) Mix the ingredients with a little chicken broth for flavor and to liquify. With experience you can gauge how much broth to put with the ingredients to enable you to finish all the drops in a day. Wrap your kitten gently in a towel before giving him the drops. Slowly squeeze part of a dropper into the side of his mouth so he doesn't choke and can breathe well. Give this entire amount during a day. Next day fix it again. Continue daily for a while even after the kitten has appeared to recover, gradually reducing the amounts of Vitamin C and echinacea.

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you want any more specifics.

I hope your kitten recovers well,

Joy

Replied by Liana
Mississauga, Canada
08/12/2008

To Joy:

Please, tell us what ingredients you feed daily to your cats, and also what beneficial herbs you used.

I am looking after a stray cat that lives in my neighbourhood (including my house). He seems to have a bad cold. I fed him chicken broth with many pieces of chicken. For the last 2 days I have fed him cod liver oil. These 2 remedies seem to help somewhat. I have also put ACV his scruff as recommended by a contributor to this website.

If anybody else has suggestions on what to do with a cat that is otherwise very healthy, I would appreciate it so much.

Replied by Angela
Federal Way, WA
06/06/2009

I would love it if you would clarify what it was that you call a "basic" homemade cat food. I could guess as to the perfect mix, but I really don't know what a cat needs. Do you or anyone else out there?


Severe Respiratory Remedies

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

Hello: I have an 8 lb./8 y/o Maine Coon mix cat with severe respiratory problems, and, lately, very smelly poo. She appears to breath normally. She has episodes of what at first seems like vomiting, but, is actually a congestion type cough that goes 10 rounds each. Her stool has become very smelly although otherwise appears normal. She has been fed healthfully with WELLNESS cat food and additions of fruits/veggies, given no supplements. She is a complete indoor cat--never goes outside--ever.

I have tried a remedy containing Yarrow, Lemon Balm, Ester Flowers, Echinaces, Goldenseal--with no results. Weight is holding--no loss. No other symptoms.

Has anyone tried successful respiratory remedies on their cats? Thanks.

Replied by Om
Hope, Canada, B.C
02/23/2013

After losing several cats due to respiratory illness where antibiotics only made them worse, not to speak of the bills! I am using turmeric on my cats when they come down with stuffed nose, etc. Take a syringe with a mild solution of turmeric and water (more turmeric the better) and immediately stand by with paper towels when they expell and retch. A lot of mucus will come out, the nose clears and they can smell again and eat. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and has many health benefits including cancer treatment. My cat, so treated, was well within three days and I was amazed. I am not using vets/antibiotics any longer. It is useless and draining on the resources. I wish I had known this before. There is Om's Organics on the net, read up on turmeric. (it is not me). Good luck. Om

Replied by Greenrivergirl7
Ky
12/20/2015
5 out of 5 stars

One year my whole lot of kitties came down in wintertime with respiratory infections (looks to me like a cold). My oldest was already taking L-lysine for his herpes with sneezing, so I figured it was worth a try. I tried it and it worked. None of them died on me.

After trial & error, the easiest way I have found to do this is... get a short/wide glass jar, put in about 30 (number doesn't matter as long as you match the correct amount of water with it) 500 mg L-lysine tablets in it, then take a syringe and put in 1cc of filtered water in it for each tablet (So, if you had a syringe that went up to 3cc's, you would only need to put in 10 of those full, and it doesn't have to be exactly perfect either.) Then leave the tablets and water sit up in the cabinet overnight with a lid on it. The next day it might turn out smooth, or it may be lumpy (I don't know why it turns out lumpy sometimes), but if it's lumpy just strain it through a metal strainer and then it will stay fine.

Now, you have 30 doses of lysine at the ready. Just take out the jar, stir it up a little, and fill the syringe up to the 1cc mark for each dose (I give mine slightly more, but wouldn't give them more than 1 & a half cc's a day. I use to have to crush a pill every time to give a dose. This is much easier and last a long time. If it starts to get cakey before you finish, you might could add a little water to it or just start over.

This method has made my life so much easier. I hope it helps someone else also.

God Bless All... GRG7 : )

Replied by Amy
Temecula Ca.
02/11/2016

To OM of Canada:

Is the turmeric and water solution placed in the nostrils or mouth of cats? Regarding respiratory problems? Thanks.

Replied by Amy
Riverside Ca.
02/11/2016

Does the turmeric and water in the syringe enter the nose or mouth? I would like to use this on my cat.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
02/13/2016

Amy (Riverside, Ca.)

Dear Amy, in my rescue years I have lost a number of cats due to upper respiratory illness. Nothing I tried worked and I can truly say the vets helped death along wit their antibiotics.

But now my oldest, over twenty, is the last and very ill. I ordered SERRAPEPTASE from Dr.'s Best on Amazon and this is the second day. I opened the capsule and emptiet this into a tiny glass bottle, taking out a good pinch mixed with a good drop of water and put it into a syringe. He took it nicely taking his time. But the entire day he sneezed very little and seemed at ease and slept well. I am much relieved. I gave this three times a day but hope to go down to two times a day away from food. If one uses high potency, this has to be considered.

When needed, I use his cotton wash cloth and turn on hot water. Then squeeze it out quickly and after making sure, it is bearable, wipe his face and eyes. He likes it as it seems to ease the pain from his sinuses.

Amazon has over 500 customer reports on Serrapeptase. It is an enzyme from the silk worms and not a drug. People use it also for their dogs. It seems excellent for many conditions and I have started to take it myself once a day.

You may want to try this.

Namaste. Om

Replied by Renee
Il
08/21/2016

Dear Om, I am interested in trying the Dr's Best Serrapeptase for my cat Blue but can only find the veg caps which I believe are liquid. Can I squeeze the liquid out into distilled or spring water and give it to him by syringe and if so how much per dose and how many times a day do you suggest? I have taken him to the vet at least 4 times in the last few month's with sneezing, runny eyes and nose and coughing and they tell me each time he has a cold and respiratory problems. So each time they give him antibiotics and a steroid shot which only helps him for a short amount of time and then he starts the symptoms all over again. I don't want to take him back to the vet again as I believe it is only making things worse instead of better. I am hoping the Serrapeptase will help him. Thank you!!


Sinusitis Remedies

Posted by Astrid (Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom) on 04/19/2013

My 6 month old kitten got feline flu when in the RSPCA rescue kennels with her mum and sister. She got really bad over a period of 2 months ending with a big cyst full of pus over her sinusis. I treated her with homeopathic Kali bich/goldseal/pulsatilla drops and the cyst burst and she recovered very quickly, having a quick grow spurt and catching up with her sister soon. The whole cat family got feline flu nosode in their drinking water for a period of two weeks. After that, Jinx (the poorly one) got the sniffles again after one month. Another dose of homeopathic kalibich/goldseal/pulsatilla drops sorted her out within 2 days. Mummy cat and sister got some sniffles at the same time but nothing serious. No mucky eyes or discharge from the nose in any of them, other than a bit of sneezing so now and then, and some crumbly brown discharge from both kittens left ear, no other symptoms were noticed on this occassion.

Now, Jinx has gone down again with a severly blocked nose. NO discharge other than her ear again, which is minimal. This time the drops have no effect at all. The nosode added to her drinking water is not doing anything either. I have been given her half a capsule of Echinasea in her food 2x day for the last week, ACV diluted in water 3x a day for the last 3 days, and this morning I rinsed (very carefully) her nostrils with sea salt solution. Nothing seems to have any effect. Her breathing is laboured and sounds very dry and although she just accepts her lot and eats and drinks well, it is making her tired and she has not grown as well. She looks good generally, although she is still smaller and not so active as her sister but I worry how the lack of good breathing is going to affect her in the long term.

Has anybody any advise? There is no homoepathic vets nearby, and I have tried everything I feel could help her. They are fed natural food and our house is not central heated or carpeted. I really would appreciate your advise. THank you very much.

Note: whilst in the RSPCA kennel, the whole family had their first Feline flu vaccination (I don't do vaccinations, not for our animals or my family).

Replied by Astrid
Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire
04/24/2013

I posted here hoping to get help for my kitten. Does anyone have any suggestions as she is struggling to breath trough her nose at the moment. Even been to my vet and he said that other than trying some anti biotics, he has nothing for her, but he thinks there is no infection as such, so doesn't like to dish out unnecessary medicine. Any help to make her breath better would be very appreciated.

Replied by Bw
Bellevue, Wa
04/27/2013

Astrid, I have come upon a website from a homeopathic vet in the USA who does consultations by email or phone or Skype. I have never used his services so I cannot vouch for his efficacy, but since you mentioned that there is no other such vets close to you, it might be worth consulting with him: http://www.homevet.com/

Replied by Astrid
Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire, Uk
04/29/2013

That sounds definitely worth trying! Thanks ever so much. Need to do something as I can't see her struggle for breath any longer, although she seems to cope somehow. Animals! They can teach us a thing or two. Thanks again.

Replied by Natalie
Va, US
05/17/2014

Try lysine powder or treats. Its my cure all for raising the immune system.


Spirulina

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 07/07/2020
5 out of 5 stars

The first time I gave my cat spirulina he gobbled it up and then sat there with his eyes bugged out looking around like he just took his first hit of acid and was seeing the world for the first time.

Dosing: 1/2 teaspoon of powder in a pile on the linoleum kitchen floor

Now I mix a dash in his wet food when he looks like he needs some excitement.

He also loves brewer's yeast and the diatomaceous earth (+ - 1/4 tsp/day) seems to be reducing the cyst in his ear. I'll get back to you about that if it goes away entirely.


Spraying

Posted by Joy (Toronto, On) on 02/17/2011

I have a 9 year old neutered siamese cat who has been spraying for the past 6 months since another cat moved in. They get along ok, and the litterboxes are kept clean. He has really good food and no health issues, but clearly he is not a happy camper. Does anyone have any suggestions?? please please? the homeopathic remedy stramonium helped a little but he is still spraying at least twice a week. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Replied by Meredith
Chicago, Il
03/27/2011

Cats spray out of frustration resulting from many factors. In this case your Siamese is clearly upset by the newcomer, doesn't feel safe any longer, and/or perceives a threat to its territory. In response it's spraying in frustration, fear, and/or is marking in a (futile) attempt to maintain its territorial boundaries against the invader.

You didn't describe the new cat but I hope it's both younger and smaller than the other cat so the Siamese perceives it as less threatening than otherwise. It may also be that the Siamese was #1 and is stressed because it perceives that the new cat is vying for his spot in the pecking order. Siamese are a particularly emotionally sensitive breed, so I also hope you introduced the newcomer very slowly. Suggestions:

- Most importantly, immediately get a pheromone collar for the Siamese. About $13 each, it emits a "you're safe, be happy! " smell that should change your Siamese's mood immediately from stressed to calm. It will last about a month of constant wear. I've used these collars in the same situation and they work wonderfully! In addition, you could buy a plug-in diffuser version that consistently sprays a bit of the same scent into the air; it's more costly but if your furniture is being ruined the cost probably doesn't matter in comparison. But in any event please buy the collar. The most popular brand smells to humans like lavender.

- Keep two litter boxes so that each can have a bit of its own territory in that area at least. After three or so months, change back to one large box (if they let you - ha! )

- remove as much of the spray odor as possible. The proteins in cat urine are almost impossible to remove completely. You may wish to try an enzymatic cleaner worked in and covered with a warm wet sponge first, then a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (after you test for color fastness) which you can vacuum off after it dries. Physically cover and/or block the area so the cat can't return to the same spot to spray again, as they usually do.

- You don't mention if the new cat is fixed. If it's not, do so when it's old enough.

- Give the Siamese more time and attention. Don't punish it for spraying other than to bring it to the spot and tell it "no! " once or twice. It's nervous and unhappy already so you don't want to make it worse. Good luck!


Stray Cats

Posted by Ta (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 01/02/2010

your site is wonderful. We feed stray cats and of course they have all types of problems. The info you give helps us to care for them. without the info on your website we would not be able to financially take care of them. THANKS!!

EC: Hi Ta,

Thanks very much for your kind words of support. Glad you are finding helpful information on Earth Clinic.


Tea Tree Oil Warning

Posted by Sherry (Columbus, Ohio) on 12/26/2008
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

While researching tea tree oil as a skin healer, I noted that tea tree oil can be very toxic to cats. A couple of comments here mention tea tree oil use for cats to help prevent fleas. Thought I should just mention it.

Replied by Beth
Marshall, Missouri
12/29/2008

I have used tea tree oil shampoo on my cats multiple times, however I use it sparingly and only on one of them. My cat Brok will sometimes rub himself raw on a spot on his back. He is overweight so he cannot groom certain areas on his back properly. I will give him a bath with regular cat shampoo, then treat the balding area with a dime size of tea tree shampoo. He never got sick or showed any symptoms that I read about over the internet. I believe as long as you use it sparingly, and make sure to completly rinse the area you used it on, you won't have a problem. Don't use straight oil either, you can pick up tea tree shampoo from a health food store. I have also used this to prevent a mange break out on three previous cats of mine with no ill effects. I think as long as you use it sparingly (ie. bald spots or mange) then it will be fine. but do keep the other health warnings in mind, such as not using it on open sores, or on a cat that was recently shaved.



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