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Tea Tree Oil Warning

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Posted by Sherry (Columbus, Ohio) on 12/26/2008
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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)

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.

Teeth Issues

Posted by Angie (Tampa, Fl) on 05/03/2013

I have an older cat with bed teeth. I cannot have him put under anasthesia as he is too old. I would like to know if there is a natural solution. He is currently on antibiotics which I don't like but I have no choice at this point.

Replied by Kim

Did you find anything to help? If so, what? Hope you did and he's better. Thanks Kim


Posted by Lady Erilyn (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 12/04/2012

My girlfriend has a new kitten that's 3 1/2 months old. She is looking for any ideas for teething remedies - besides him chewing on her fingers and toes. I have 3 cats of my own, but teething was never an issue. Any suggestions? Thanks.


Posted by Ruthie (Spalding, Lincolnshire) on 12/08/2011

I would like to know if I could use apple cider vineger for my cat, she has lost a lot of weight very quickly, has been eating loads. I took her to the vet last week and she had blood test done, the results are that she has an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). I would like to give her a natural product instead of drugs from the vet.

Replied by Chichiritad
(Boston, Ma)

My cat had a very rare reaction to the medication used to treat this condition, so she is unable to take it and has remained untreated for almost 3 years now. I have to tell you that not treating the cat with the medicine is very risky and her health will decline. I can't give her the medicine because it will kill her (very rare reaction so rare that they had to do research and get back to me) so this has caused lots of issues with her including liver problems, kidney problems, heart problems and high blood pressure.

My best suggestion is to try the new food they have out called Y/D it's a prescription diet and apparently it works to help the condition. Speak to your vet if you don't want to put her on meds put her on the prescription diet, but this must be her sole diet and no other foods. My chichi won't eat this food so again she is left untreated and I tell you it's just one medical issue after another so please consider the medicine or prescription diet. Good luck with your kitty.

Replied by Tori
(Batesville, In)

Hi, I'm new. But really need some answers. Our almost 15 yr old cat has just been diagnosed with thyroid issues and liver problem. Her urine was orange-ish, she'd been throwing up, which the vet gave her a shot for. He wants to start her on either a diet or pills for her thyroid.

Does anyone have any suggestions what to do to get her healthy?

We are very careful about her diet since we lost her sister a few yrs back from thyroid issue that led to leukemia, we don't want the same for Mojavi.

We make sure her food does not have bi-products or corn, etc... Should we go back to making raw again, would this help? Please help ASAP!


Posted by Kathryn (Uk) on 05/06/2014

Hi, I've taken my cat to the vets and he was diagonosed with the torovirus. Is there anything you would advise on giving him to help him get rid of it? All the vet said is to keep him hydrated. Best wishes, Kathryn

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Kathryn!

You might try mixing some activated charcoal in some wet food to see if he takes that, as the activated charcoal will help with enteritis type viruses and the resulting loose stools. If after 2 weeks you do not see signs of improvement then a secondary bacterial infection may be at play, so do not hesitate to bring your cat in to the vet again for a follow up.

The good news is that Torovirus is not considered a serious condition. It is self limiting and require supportive care, ie keep your cat hydrated, keep him warm and comfortable, and keep the litter box clean.


Posted by Helen Jeter (Great Neck, Ny) on 12/20/2011

Leaving in 20 days from Long Island, NY to Fort Lauderdale, FL with FIVE cats in a car. I network and plus a family member that went cross country in her car with 2 cats, said Pet travel solution is great to have for the cats. What can you suggest?

Weight Issues

Posted by Marline (Milford, Ohio) on 05/10/2012

Hi, I have a cat that had an eye infection that went to both eyes I took her to the vet and got medication. Her eyes cleared up, but I noticed she started to lose weight- do you know what can help her gain weight back? I do know she does have allergies and I haven't changed her cat food, but I have been giving her treats.